Cork has many traditional foods including crubeens, tripe and drisheen (a type of black pudding). The English Market is a feast for all the senses and is full of life: even the Queen visited the market during her visit in 2011. You will no doubt work up quite an appetite while strolling around taking in all the beautiful aromas so pop upstairs to the Farmgate Cafe, one of Cork's best eateries.
Join the thousands of tourists that visit Blarney Castle every year. Take a walk around the beautiful grounds
or kiss the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence found at the top of the tower. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will never again be lost for words as you will receive the gift of the gab... see if it works for you.
UCC has a rich and varied history and heritage. The limestone buildings of the Main Quadrangle are built in a style inspired by great universities of the Middle Ages. Student superstition has it if you step foot on the grass, you risk failure in exams. Take a stroll around the landscaped gardens or pop into the Honan Chapel. In order to get married here, both husband and wife must be past pupils of UCC. The University grounds are also home to the award winning Lewis Glucksman Gallery which opened in 2004.
Fitzgerald's park is a beautifully landscaped park right next to the river Lee in Cork city, not far from the university. This is the perfect place to while away a few hours. Also located in the centre of the park is Cork Public Museum, containing exhibits relating to the history and heritage of Cork.
Retrace the footsteps of the Queenstown passengers at the Titanic Experience in Cobh. Situated in the original offices of The White Star Line, the location marks the departure point for the last 128 passengers who boarded the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage to America. Watch as the story and the characters are brought to life using innovative audio visual technology and cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery and touch screen technology.
Get up close and personal with the animals at Fota Wildlife Park,home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species. Many animals roam freely with the visitors, such as the ring-tailed lemurs and squirrel monkeys, while larger animals, including the giraffe and bisons, live in large paddocks with unobtrusive barriers in as natural an environment as possible.
Only a short drive outside the city of Cork, Kinsale is a beautiful seaside town with colourful buildings and quaint craft shops and cafes not to mention the superb restaurants and street entertainment.
The Jameson Experience is located in Midleton, Co. Cork in the old Cork Distilleries Company distillery. The beautifully preserved distillery is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Ireland. Take a tour of the Jameson Experience and journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. Tours end with a complimentary glass of Jameson, or for a lucky selected few from each tour, a comparative whiskey tasting, which compares and explains the differences between Irish, Scotch and Bourbon whiskies.
The dramatic Mizen Head is located at the extremity of a peninsula in the district of Carbery in County Cork and is one of the most south-westerly points of Ireland. Its dramatic cliff scenery is a popular tourist attraction. The tip of the peninsula is almost an island itself and can be reached by bridge. The peninsula is home to an old signal station and lighthouse. The signal station, once permanently manned, is now a museum and there are also a number of viewing platforms and visitor facilities at the site.
Cork has a very strong festival programme. Hundreds gather in Cork every October for the annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. During this weekend, the whole city is a buzz with activity. Catch a live jazz act in one of the many venues across the city or simply soak up the electric atmosphere. This is definitely a festival worth planning your trip around.