Explore Cork City Centre by Car
Cork City is the second largest city in Ireland but you’ll hear it referred to as the ‘True Capital of Ireland’ by the friendly locals. The city boasts a rich history that stretches back to its formation by St. Finbarre in the 6th century when he established a monastery in the area. Cork City has been recognised as a cultural hub several times in recent years as it was named the ‘European Capital of Culture’ by the European Union in 2006 and also appeared on Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 Cities in the World to Visit’.
Spending time wandering the narrow medieval streets of Cork is a must as the architecture and tight space will transport you back to a different time. Amongst the medieval aspects you’ll find modern greats such as the Cork Opera House. There’s plenty of things to do while in Cork, whether it’s dining in some of the finest restaurants in Ireland, taking in live music or live comedy throughout the city’s venues, or enjoying a cold pint of Guinness in one of the many fantastic pubs in the city centre. The summer months are a great time of year to be in Cork as the annual festival season will be in full swing with the likes of film festivals, food festivals and music festivals such as the famous Guinness Jazz Festival.
Top Destinations When You Visit Cork City Centre
Blarney Castle is easily the top attraction in County Cork with visiting tourists. It’s a short 20 minute drive from Cork City Centre and is an attraction definitely not to be missed. This castle was first built in the 13th century and has seen plenty of action throughout its time. Much of the castle is still accessible from the dungeons, certain rooms and a section of the battlements. It’s on these battlements that you’ll find the main attraction, the Blarney Stone. Thousands visit Blarney Castle to kiss this stone which is said to bestow upon those that kiss it the gift of eloquence. It’s a daring feat though, given.
Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral
In the centre of Cork City you’ll find a huge beautiful cathedral dedicated to St. Fin Barre. Those interested in architecture are in for a treat as this is truly a work of art, it features towering spires and intricate designs. This magnificent cathedral was designed by the legendary architect William Burges.
Crawford Art Gallery
Crawford Art Gallery is one of many galleries and museums found in Cork City but this is easily the most popular of them all. Inside the walls you’ll find a grand collection of both contemporary and historic art. Art lovers and those seeking inspiration should make sure they put aside some time for Crawford Art Gallery while in Cork.
Food lovers and avid cook should definitely make time to visit the English Market. This is a covered food market where you’ll find stalls offering local produce and flavours from around the globe. There’s also cafés where you can sample some of the best food in all of Cork. Conveniently located in the city centre it’s well worth a visit.
Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park is the perfect place to bring the family for a day of fun and discovery. Unlike many wildlife centres in Ireland this park aims to create a free roaming environment where safe to do so. As you wander through the grassy fields you’ll meet such spectacular animals such as kangaroos and gibbons. In fenced enclosures you can view the giraffes and even leopards. Fota Wildlife Park is a short 20km journey from Cork City Centre.
Situated on the banks of the River Lee 2km from Cork City you’ll find one of the best preserved pieces of history in Ireland. Blackrock Castle is an impressive structure that features daunting ramparts and high rising towers from which you’ll find beautiful views of the river and the surrounding area.
West Cork Loop Drive
The West Cork Loop Drive is 260km of pure bliss that offers outstanding beauty at every turn. The route begins in the lovely port town of Kinsale and travels along the rugged coastline. Those looking for spectacular views this is a drive not to be missed, be sure to pack a camera as you’ll certainly regret it if you don’t as these are some of the best views in all of Ireland.
Don’t Miss Out on Cork City Centre!
Above is just a short list of the many fine attractions found in and around Cork City. By renting a car you have the freedom and flexibility to experience everything Count Cork has to offer. There truly is something for everyone from family adventures, historic sites, plenty of culture and a vibrant social scene up there with the best in Ireland.