Historic Cork is one of Ireland’s loveliest cities. Only Dublin beats it in size, and Cork has a strong character and sense of identity, celebrating Irish poetry, theater, song and dance.
The city is on Ireland’s south coast in the province of Munster, 252 km (156 miles) south-west of Dublin. Limerick lies to the north, with Waterford further along the coast to the east.
Cork’s Georgian-era city center is on an island formed by the River Lee, with the harbor and port on the eastern stretch of the Lee. Shopping and food are celebrated here, and there’s stand-out sightseeing at St Finbarre’s Cathedral, pedestrianized St. Patrick’s Street, the English Market and the medieval Red Abbey.
Cork is only 8km (5 miles) from medieval Blarney Castle, famous for the Blarney Stone – few visitors miss the opportunity to hover upside-down to kiss the legendary stone, said to grant the gift of eloquence to those who pucker up.