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What is Cork Ireland known for?

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If you are a Foodie then you are in the right place. Cork is known as the culinary capital of Ireland, a city where you’re actively encouraged to gorge. 

The best introduction to the foodie scene in Cork is the English Market. It’s the oldest market of its kind in Europe and even got the royal seal of approval in 2011 when Queen Elizabeth II went on a walkabout of its artisan stalls. You can feast on local delicacies such as chees, fresh seafood and all kinds of desserts. You can also get a taste of Cork’s most historic products by visiting the Butter Museum.

And don’t forget the fantastic restaurants.

About Cork

Plan to cross many bridges when in Cork. Ireland’s third-largest city began life as an island and now spans both banks of the River Lee, with watery channels running beneath some of its main thoroughfares. The best way to experience this hilly southern seaport is on foot, following the signposted walking tour past St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral and the riverside quadrangle of University College up the hill to red and white Shandon Church. Along the way, you’ll meet plenty of the city’s talkative residents.

Is Cork worth visiting in Ireland?

Locals will tell you that Cork is the real capital of Ireland and the city is filled  with buzzing pubs, galleries, thought-provoking museums and arguably the best restaurant scene in Ireland, Cork is the perfect city break destination and a very easy trip from Dublin.

Is Cork better than Dublin?

While it must be said that locals appreciate the city of Cork the way Conor McGregor appreciates himself (too much perhaps), those who aren’t familiar with the marvels of the capital of the Rebel County may not fully understand why many in the country refer to it as the ‘Real Capital’ of Ireland.

So without any further ado, we’ve provided a few examples of why Cork is better than Dublin. This is nothing against Dublin, Dublin’s grand, but there’s plenty to suggest that Cork is just as grand.

The Irish Posts lists 9 reasons why Cork is better than Dublin –

Are people in Cork Ireland friendly?

In 2018, Cork was named most friendly city in Ireland and the 3rd friendliest in the world.

How many days do you need in Cork?

Cork is a fantastic destination for the visitor to Ireland and you need at least 3 days to explore Cork and the surrounds. Besides the City of Cork you should also visit Cobh and Blarney Castle. Be sure to kiss the Blarney stone!

Do you need a car in Cork Ireland?

Traveling in Ireland without a car is possible when you plan ahead. Public transport in and around Cork is readily available and accessible.

How safe is Cork?

Cork City is safe and renowned for being safer than most European cities, it is generally quite safe to walk the streets late in to the night.

Is Cork Ireland walkable?

Cork is compact and as such very walkable. Hotels in the city are generally within walking distance of things that you would want to see and do.

County Cork Things to See and Do


Last updated May 29, 2023


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Paddy Murphy

Wednesday 10th of May 2023

What is Cork best known for ? Well ! It’s got the great advantage of being full of Cork people!