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Days 10-11
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Cork is Ireland's second largest city and one of the most vibrant. Thanks to its small population it has the fun, cozy atmosphere of a college town. After spending time in Cork, use it as a base to make day trips to the Blarney Stone and nearby villages.
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  • Nightlife
  • History


  • Cork City is one of the liveliest in Ireland, thanks to its pubs, funky cafés, and music venues.
  • Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone, and be blessed with the gift of gab.
  • Visit Kinsale, a picturesque port famed for its fine dining and chic atmosphere. It's known as the St. Tropez of Ireland.


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

Side Trips

  • Tiny Cobh (15 mi/24 km southeast of Cork City) is a lovely port and resort town.
  • At Fota Island Wildlife Park (7 mi/11 km east of Cork) visitors can glimpse monkeys, giraffes, cheetahs, and wallabies.

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