With over 208,000 inhabitants, Cork is Ireland’s second-largest city and is often called the ‘real capital’ by the locals. Further off the beaten track than the capital,
Cork can offer a more authentic Irish experience and has something for everyone!
Cork is a city full of history, with great food, vibrant arts, and a perfect city to learn English.
Cork may be Ireland’s second-largest city, but it is still relatively small.
The city centre is easily walkable and very safe; after a while, you’ll repeatedly see the same friendly faces.
Cork is consistently ranked among the most welcoming cities in the world!
Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and was included in Lonely Planet's top 10 "Best in Travel 2010" in 2009.
It has a robust cultural calendar each year with the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and the Cork Midsummer Festival among its many highlights, which will help improve your English level.
Cork is a sporting city with a secure attachment to Gaelic games and hurling.
Cork City FC is the city's soccer team, and in rugby, Munster plays a part in their home games in Cork. There are also nationally active Basketball teams.
History enthusiasts will love the city’s ancient architecture, including the iconic Gothic St Finbarr’s Cathedral, featuring towering spires and beautiful stained-glass windows. Cork’s City Gaol is also an impressive structure, built in the 19th Century. Forts, churches and towers can be seen in and around Cork city and in beautiful neighbouring towns such as Kinsale, Cobh and Blarney.
Cork is proud to have numerous museums, theatres and art galleries and caters to everyone’s artistic taste. These include the award-winning Lewis Glucksman Gallery and the 120-year-old Victorian Everyman Theatre.
Traditional Irish music can be found in most of the city’s pubs and bars, seven nights a week.
Music is a large part of Cork’s culture, seen throughout the city’s venues and talented buskers performing on Cork’s streets. Perhaps the highlight of Cork’s music events is the incredibly popular Guinness Jazz festival, held annually on October Bank Holiday.
The city comes alive with free music and various performances, and people fill the streets to celebrate.