Cork is a veritable treasure trove of adventure. Located in the southernmost tip of Ireland, it’s home to enchanting castles, ancient heritage sites, stunning sea drives, and a community of creatives. As soon as you arrive in our beloved county, the grass is greener, the air is fresher, and the atmosphere is of a warm welcome. Whether you’re travelling with family, friends or solo, Cork offers a number of activities to partake in. From shopping in the city, to listening to live music or wandering through our historic sites, there’s bound to be something to make your stay memorable. Our team have shared some of their favourite activities, to help you discover what’s on in Cork.
Cork city is the second largest city in Ireland, and is the perfect base for your trip. Though it’s a bustling metropolitan area, it’s retained the welcoming character that makes Cork so popular with visitors. Even better, it’s centrally located. A network of motorways and scenic coastal drives connect it to the rest of county and country, enabling you to travel wherever your heart desires during your stay. Many of our guests find themselves travelling throughout the country, to explore the Wild Atlantic Way or Ireland’s Ancient East.
The county is home to some of the most beautiful heritage sites in Ireland. The most renowned is Blarney Castle, which is located just 8 km from Cork city. This hosts the Blarney Stone, set in the walls of the tower. Legend has it, kissing the stone will bestow the gift of eloquence to anyone brave enough to lean from the parapet walk. Other notable castles in the area include Dundanion Castle, Ballea Castle, Ballclogh Castle, and many many more. Other historic sites in the area include Kealkil stone circle, Lios Na Gcon Ringfort and the Michael Collins heritage centre.
If you’re one of the many visitors which prefer shopping, you won’t be disappointed. The city is rich with a mix of boutiques, designer shops, high street stores and vintage finds. Find out where the best spots are by reading our guide to the best shopping breaks in Cork. If you’re in Cork to experience live music, there’s a range of options to choose from. Live at the Marquee runs every summer, as does the Jazz festival. Plus there’s always live traditional music to be found in the many bars and restaurants tucked away in the city streets.
And of course, if you’re looking for a base to use to explore the wonders of Cork, the Imperial Hotel is your perfect choice. Our establishment is located in the very heart of Cork city, and our four star hotel in Cork offers a luxurious haven to relax in after exploring the sites. View our special accommodation rates now.