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Day 1
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Cork's claim to fame is that it's Ireland's second largest city, but thanks to its smallish population, it has the fun atmosphere of a college town. Visitors will be charmed by its plethora of affordable cafés and music venues, for everything from rock and blues to traditional Irish music. It is known as a party destination, but there are plenty of cultural attractions as well.
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  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture


  • Located in a renovated church, the Cork Vision Centre is an excellent introduction to the city and its history.
  • Get into the lively spirit of Cork, which has the feel of a college town, by enjoying its pubs, live music venues, and quirky cafés.
  • Pick up a gourmet lunch from one of the 140 stalls at the English Market or the in-house Farmgate Café.


  • The Cork Film Festival and Guinness Jazz Festival are two of Cork's biggest events in July.

Side Trips

  • A visit to County Cork (6 mi/9.7 km northwest of Cork) isn't complete without kissing the stone at Blarney Castle.
  • The pretty village of Cobh (15 mi/24.1 km southeast of Cork City) is a lovely port and seaside-resort town.

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