More compact and less full-on than Dublin, Ireland’s second city is short break heaven. Cork has a long, fascinating history and you’ll never be far from a reminder of that, but it’s also got a dynamic nightlife and is brimming with cultural attractions.

A stroll around Cork will reveal much about its past. From the Vikings to the Normans,  the city’s had a few unwelcome visitors in the past, and you’ll find the fortified walls, Elizabeth Fort and Cork City Gaol as reminders of that. Other stunning buildings include the exquisite  St Finbar’s Cathedral and Shandon Church. On Cork’s doorstep is Blarney Castle, set in lovely scenery.

As night falls, Cork comes into its own. Boisterous, bold and bustling, you’ll be bowled over by the variety of options on offer, from trendy bars to theatre and jazz. But what it does best is traditional, cosy, fun pubs where the craic seems to be on tap as well as the Guiness.

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