One of the jewels in the Emerald Isle’s crown, Cork is a beautiful city full of historic buildings and sights.
Visit Shandon Church, which dates back to 1722 and climb the steps to the top of the bell tower. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of Cork City and the surrounding green countryside; you even get the chance to ring the bells, being part of a centuries old tradition.
Explore the cosmos within a 16th century castle. Originally built to repel pirates from the area, Blackrock Castle has since been re-developed into an observatory with fascinating exhibitions on stars and space; in particular we love the interactive floor-to-ceiling screened tour of the universe.
For a different type of tour, book with Cork City Tours and you’ll be driven through the city on an open-top bus, past fascinating landmarks, with your tour guide giving the story behind each one. Or, to satisfy your stomach, book with The Cork Fabulous Tasting Trail; where you’ll explore indoor and outdoor markets, cafes and restaurants, sampling some of the best local produce.
To truly feel the landscape on under your feet on your cheap Cork holiday, go on one of the area’s Coastal Trails. We love heading to the fishing village of Ballycotton and strolling along the cliffs by the coast of the Celtic Sea. Heir Island, lying to the south-west of County Cork, is a great destination for escaping the daily routine. With rolling hills and wild flowers growing beside the roads, it’s easy to see why a commune of artists chose this island for their home.
In the morning stop by Dukes Coffee Company to have a barista-made brew before heading to South County Bar and Café in Douglas Village; a gastro pub, it is ideal for sampling some classic Irish cuisine. For dinner head to Oysters Restaurant. Specialising in seafood, the restaurant uses only locally caught and produced ingredients for an authentic taste of Ireland on your cheap holiday in Cork.