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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cork: The jewel in Ireland's crown

Voted by Lonely Planet in 2010 as one of the best places to travel, Cork is one of the best cities to visit in Europe. This compact hub of culture, beauty and fantastic people will have you wanting to go back again and again.
And with flights to Cork available at such reasonable prices and Cork Airport Hotel offering accommodation for the weariest of traveler, now is the best time to sample everything that the city has to offer.
So if you're looking for a good 'craic' and are a lover of good food, great nightlife and plenty of history, read on to find out why Cork is the jewel in Ireland's crown.
If you’re a bit of a culture vulture and love the arts then look no further than Cork. Take a trip to the Cork Opera House, which is steeped in over 150 years of history and offers a world-class programme of events in its 1,000-seat auditorium. If it's art you're looking for then the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is where you should head. You'll find it right in the heart of the city and with over 2,000 works ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, there's plenty to keep you occupied.
If you're looking for a good time and a chance to sample Cork as the locals do then venturing out at night is your perfect chance. Whether you're interested in hip and trendy bars such as Bodega or Rhino Rooms, or something a little more traditional like the Castle Inn's cosy snug, there's always somewhere to welcome you with open arms and provide you with a pint of Guinness or a cocktail depending on your mood.
Foodies are well looked after in Cork too, with some of the best restaurants in Ireland residing in this compact city. There is everything from modern, European dining, to traditional Irish cuisine and world foods on offer so whatever your taste, you'll have a full belly before you know it.
Cork is a city of many facets, so next time you're looking for a city break, why not try Ireland's most vibrant and worst kept secret?

Kinsale street, Cork, Ireland
Kinsale street, Cork, Ireland

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
 Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland 

Cork nightlife
Cork nightlife

Bantry House, County Cork, Ireland
Bantry House, County Cork, Ireland