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Visit a festival or see churches, wealthy estates and forts in Cork, Ireland’s third most populated city.
While Cork is now a peaceful city, mainly known for its lively arts scene and historic attractions, it was once caught up in territorial and religious battles. It earned its nickname of “Rebel City” after joining the House of York in the 15th-century War of the Roses. The name stuck when Cork engaged in the Irish War of Independence and ensuing Civil War.
Another part of Cork’s history is tied to industry; the city has been a meat export hub for centuries. Poor Irish residents used stockyard offal for home cooking. Today, adventurous eaters can try dishes such as drisheen (blood pudding) with tripe at the Old English Market. Cork City Gaol brings history to life with its real-looking wax figures. Cork’s Catholic Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne and the Protestant French-style Saint Fin Barre’s are focal points of the city’s strong religious identities.
Over 30 bridges cross the River Lee as it flows through the city, creating the island upon which Cork’s city center is built. Travel by boat from nearby towns in County Cork to explore small islands and harbors. Charles Fort, above Kinsale Harbor in the south, has great views from its old bastions. Cobh, southeast of Cork, was the last port of call of the “unsinkable” Titanic. Bantry House and Garden, to the west, shows how wealthy earls lived and serves proper Irish cream tea. Travel 15 minutes north to kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.
Annual cultural activities in Cork include the Midsummer festival, film festivals and literary gatherings. Stop by the Crawford Art Gallery where, on Saturday mornings, local artists display their work outside. At night, visit the Cork Opera House or meet locals in a pub that has live music.
“Corcaigh,” as Cork is known to locals, is located in the southern Irish province of Munster. From Cork Airport and the Cork Kent railway station, shuttle buses depart for the city center. It takes about 3 hours from Dublin by train.
Game room, spa, the gym, the food wow, the space, everything was awesome . When we come back to Ireland this will be our only stop
Great location very comfortable and clean. Staff extremely helpful and very friendly. Lovely breakfast to start your day
staff very nice & helpful. Would definitely stay here again
Great location, friendly and helpful staff. The staff in the Kid's club were so kind and enthusiastic. We really enjoyed our stay here.
This hotel was beautiful, in great condition, and in a convenient location to public transportation and sites in Cork. The room was clean and spacious. I would recommend staying at the Metropole Hotel during your visit to Cork.
I liked the close proximity to the airport and the shuttle bus service. The staff were very friendly and helpful.