Cork is an ideal location for a summer break. It is a historic, welcoming, creative, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered every time you turn a corner such as Ireland's oldest post box located in Kent Train Station, Cork. If you’re looking for some exciting adventures, it is the place to go as the possibilities of adventures are endless!
The English Market is one of the oldest markets in Cork and a main shopping institution of Corkonians and visitors alike offering a tantalising range of foods. A mix of traditional and exciting new foods from afar, combined with long standing family-run stalls contribute to the unique appeal and atmosphere of this market.
It’s also a place where you can sit and enjoy a coffee at your leisure and a scrumptious chocolate or two in the delightful Farmgate Café while watching people drift by and listening to the joyous hum of the crowd filling the air.
Cork City Gaol is located a short distance for Patrick's Street and is a unique attraction which once housed prisoners in the 19th century. Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape.
Blarney Castle and gardens is located just 8km northwest of the City. Built nearly 600 years ago, this spectular location has attracted millions of visitors over the years and is also home to the world famous Blarney stone. The legendary stone has seen millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss it in the hopes of gaining the gift of eloquence or “gift of the gab” as locals call it. Over 300,000 people come to visit the stone each year. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.
A great day for kids is a trip to Fota Wildlife Park. which also has a dedicated train station. Only 13 minutes by train from Kent Station, Cork, or just 10 minutes by train from Cobh, there are services operating every 30 minutes from Cork to Cobh. There is a huge and varied selection of animals to see, playgrounds located around the park, and restaurants on-site. You can also have a safari like feeling by taking a tour of the park by train which operates regularly and gives visitors the opportunity to take in all of the sights while sitting back and relaxing.
Situated in one of the world finest natural harbours, Cobh is a town steeped in history and culture with plenty of restaurants, bars and attractions within walking distance from each other.
Once considered the saddest town in Ireland due to its connection with Irish immigration. Almost 3 million people from Ireland emigrated from this port to travel onwards to new lives around the world and more about these tales are told at the Cobh Heritage Centre which also has a dedicated exhibition on the Titanic which visited Cobh on its last port of call before its ill-fated journey towards New York.
Another must see when visiting Cobh is of course St. Colman's Cathedral which sits in pride and place overlooking the town. The cathedral was built in the Neo-Gothic style and took a whopping 47 years to construct. Finally opened in 1911, it features a 100m high spire and a tower that houses 42 bells, making it the largest carillon in Ireland. St Colman’s cathedral is the only Irish Catholic Victorian cathedral to preserve its entire interior.
Whether you stay in the city or wish to discover the great attractions surrounding Cork, the train is the perfect way to get there.
Our Summer family fare covers 2 adults and up to 4 kids from Dublin to Cork for only €99 return and is available until 31st August. More information on this fare and further family fares is available on irishrail.ie/trips