If you’re planning a holiday in South West Ireland, don’t be in too much of a hurry to head for that unspoilt green scenery. Make sure you spend some time in the fantastic city of Cork before you find your rural retreat. The Travelodge Cork city is brilliantly located at the airport, yet within a short drive of the city centre and all it has to offer.
Pulses of Tradition – This Irish music show has won plaudits from far and wide, naming it as Ireland’s best traditional music show. Held at the Triskel Christchurch arts centre, there are dates available in June, July, August and September this year. So if you want a toe-tappingly fantastic evening of exuberant dance and music, this is a must-see.
Cork City Gaol – As the old-fashioned spelling implies, there are no longer any prisoners locked up here. A visit here gives you a fascinating insight into Ireland’s turbulent past and the grim realities of what life was like for prisoners in the 19th century. It’s a castle-like heritage site that’s one of the most recognisable parts of the city’s landscape.
St Anne’s Church -This church rewards visitors with fantastic views of Cork and the River Lee from its tower. There’s another unique reason for making the effort to climb up to the first floor though – you get the chance to ring the bells yourself. They’re not just any bells either – they’re famous in Irish folklore as the subject of the traditional song ‘The Bells of Shandon.’
Cork’s a veritable treasure trove of history, culture, architecture and great places to eat and drink, so make sure you see more than just the airport when you visit. Even if you can only spare one night, it’s worth it to get to explore this special city.
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