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The locals cheerfully refer to Cork as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. Its snug pubs with live-music sessions, the English Market and restaurants serving quality local produce are not the only attractions the city boasts about. It’s spruced up streets, restored stretches of waterfront and artisan coffee shops have brought a cosmopolitan feel to the city over the past few years.
Fota Wildlife Park is a perfect day out for people of all ages. It’s not an ordinary zoo, most of the animals roam free across acres of grass land. During a visit to Fota Wildlife Park you can see the animals being fed in the early morning and late afternoon. The Keepers also run daily talks about the care of the animals. The park is located about 18 km from the city centre and is open year round.
This medieval castle was built nearly 600 years ago and is legendary for its stone found at the top of the tower, which is said to have the power to grant the gift of the gab to those that kiss it. The castle also has over 60 acres of glorious gardens so you can explore the gardens, mystical rock close gardens, dungeons, caves, lake walk and much more. Blarney Castle is located 8km from the city centre and is open all year round.
The English Market is Cork’s only covered market and dates back to the 18th century. Here you’ll find traders selling a mix of organic, locally produced food and exciting new foods from afar. Known to the locals as a place to meet, eat and shop the English Market offers visitors a tantalising range of food to sample. The English Market is located in the city centre and is open Monday to Saturday year round.
You will be stepping back in time when you visit the Jameson Experience. The distillery dates back to the 18th century and while it’s still a working distillery, with thousands of casks housing ageing whiskey, there are tours and tastings daily throughout the year. The Jameson Distillery is located around 23km from Cork city in Midleton, East Cork. From April to October the distillery provide a shuttle service from the city centre twice daily.
Cork City Gaol, now an atmospheric museum, once housed prisoners in the 19th century. Cells are furnished with exhibits, life-size wax figures and sound effects. Experience this historic gaol with an individual audio tour. Personal group guided tours can also be arranged in advance. Cork City Gaol is located about 2km from the city centre and it is open 7 days a week all year round.
This Victorian Gothic cathedral is distinctly known for its golden angel, gargoyles and spires. The magnificence architecture continues inside, with its colourful chancel ceiling and marble floor mosaics. The cathedral is located about 500m south-west of the city centre and it is open year round.
If you are interested in visiting the local attractions in Cork then choose Clayton Hotel Silver Springs as your accommodation of choice. Located 5 minutes from Cork city centre, with free parking for all guests, this hotel offers a convenient location for all.