Cork is a vibrant city, with a welcoming vibe.
Cork was once an entirely walled city – with fortified gates at what are now known as North and South Gate Bridges – though only small sections of the original fortifications still exist. A section of the city wall dating from the 17th century was discovered, along with artefacts from the period, now on display at Cork Public Museum.
In the heart of Cork City and with an eye-catching fountain at its center, this quirky roofed food market has been trading since 1788. Artisan breads, fruit, and freshly caught seafood are just some of the specialities on offer. It’s the oldest market of its kind in Europe and even holds the Royal Seal of Approval, which was granted in 2011 when Queen Elizabeth II was invited to walk around its artisan stalls.
Not far from St. Anne's is another one of Cork city's attractions, the atmospheric and historic City Gaol, which opened in 1824 and closed in 1923. Originally the prison housed both male and female prisoners who committed crimes within the city's borders. The complex has been restored and opened to the public since 1993.
Don’t miss out on the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival hosting each year in October, hundreds of jazz musicians and thousands of music fans from all over the world. Showcasing the best of Irish and overseas musicians in an eclectic four-day programme of jazz and jazz-inspired music in over 70 venues citywide.
Because of the limited parking, the best way to see Cork is on foot, but don't try to do it all in a day. The central part of the city can easily take a day to explore.
However the city put to use « Bike Share » which is rental bikes that will enable you to explore the city quicker and easier.
The city also offers a great bus network from Parnell Place Bus Station to all parts of the city, its suburbs, and nearby towns.
The easiest way to travel around Cork is by car or motorbike. You'll have the freedom to not just see the main attractions but also get off the 'beaten track' and discover hidden gems. But if you stay in town, make sure to have a car park available during your stay.