County Cork is one of the most vibrant, charismatic and attractive areas in the whole of Ireland, home to bustling and historic cities and towns, stunning coastal splendour, fantastic food and typical Irish charm and character – ensuring all Cork holidays are memorable and fulfilling. The largest county in Ireland is also home to the largest selection of things to do when it comes to holiday indulgence, with attractions to suit all manner of visitors from culture vultures and history buffs, to beach bums and active types.
You can spend one day exploring the museums and churches of Cork City, another hiking in the stunning landscapes or alongside the dramatic coastline of the county, and another relaxing on the soft sands of a gorgeous beach or taking to the sea on a sailing trip – activities that only scratch the surface when it comes to the potential of holidays to Cork.
A County of Many Treasures
Cork City is the second-largest city in the whole of Ireland, and allocating ample time to explore the captivating destination during your holidays in Cork will see you greatly rewarded. Simply strolling around the old streets and soaking up the city’s charm and character will set you on your way to falling for Cork, especially when meandering beside the pretty River Lee with the towering St Finbarr’s Cathedral – a continuous sight for sore eyes. Explore the grounds of University College Cork for an insight into its history and grandeur, while the charming Shandon Church, historic Elizabeth Fort and Cork City Gaol will add even more colour and engagement to your time in the city.
Away from the city, the county’s splendour continues to thrive, with numerous other vibrant towns, coastal delights and scenic treasures awaiting your exploration. Blarney is one popular stop, home to the famous stone and castle of the same name, as well as boasting a truly remarkable setting. Clonakilty is a vibrant and infectious coastal market town, also home to great beaches, while Kinsale boasts gourmet food and a healthy sailing scene. Make sure you capitalise on the wonderful coastal areas of Cork, where you can do everything from sailing and swimming to relaxing and hiking, around various bays and beaches. If you find any reason to leave the county during your holidays, it will probably be to descend on Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. Once one of Europe’s most prosperous ports, today you can absorb a combination of cathedrals, museums and medieval towers, alongside countless impressive crystal showrooms – a great daytrip option.