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Cork, Ireland

The magnificent Cobh Harbour is just a short drive from Cork. An enchanting place, the main district of Cork sits on an island formed by the diverging channels of the River Lee. The city itself is filled with a multitude of picturesque quays and bridges. Cork is the ideal spot to kit yourself out with Irish tweeds, kiss the Blarney Stone or simply relax and enjoy the charming countryside. Cork can be visited on one of our many Europe cruises

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Cork, Ireland

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

When you're in Cork, you should to take the chance to visit Blarney, just five miles from Cork and 30 km (19 miles) from Cobh where the cruise ship is docked. There you'll find Blarney Castle, home of Ireland's 'Crown Jewel' – the Blarney Stone. Take part in a tradition shared by people from all over the world: kissing the Blarney Stone. It's supposed to bestow the gift of eloquence on anyone who does.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Visit City Market, also known as the English Market. Dating back to 1610, the Market provides a colourful insight into local tradition and culture.
  • Explore Muckross House and Gardens, an 1843 Elizabethan-style home set in a beautiful national park. Learn about the folklore of County Kerry in the 19th and 20th centuries, and see skilled craftspeople carrying on the traditional work of their predecessors.
  • Travel through the Derrynasaggart Mountains toward the Killarney National Park, where the famous lakes and tree-lined shores shimmer against a backdrop of mountain peaks.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Traditional Irish cuisine is simple and wholesome. Colcannon is a vegetable dish of diced potatoes fried with onions and covered with cream. Tripe and drisheen are local specialities, the latter being a type of blood sausage. The brown bread is also excellent.

Local Currency

Ireland's official currency is the euro (EUR). Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.

Weather in Cork, Ireland


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 49.3° 9.61°
Average Low 29.7° -1.28°
Mean Temperature 42° 5.56°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 5.8 in 14.73 cm

    Before You Visit

    Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.