Cork City is vibrant, intimate and fun. But don’t just take our word for it! Cork City has been named as one of the top 10 best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel” assessments.
The guide praises the city saying ‘Cork is at the top of its game right now: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit.’ The book’s editor said : ‘Cork has been in Dublin’s shadows for far too long, it has emerged as a fantastic destination in its own right with great restaurants, galleries, bars and shops as well as stunning scenery on its doorstep.’
Renowned world wide as the Food Capital of Ireland, Cork is also the Festival Capital of Ireland, hosting internationally renowned Jazz, Film and Choral Festivals. Festivals of different types run for over 100 days each year from St. Patrick’s Day in March to Christmas Day. Cork has stunning rural and coastal attractions within a short drive from the city. Cork is “sports mad” across a range of international sports and with the second largest natural harbour in the world, it hosts a variety of water-based pursuits. Many companies use Outdoor Centres like nearby Oysterhaven and Ballyhass as well as the Ocean to City boat race for team building, staff incentives and bonding.
Last year, the city won the prestigious “Purple Flag” for city centres that meet or surpass standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy (ENTE) and the city’s Oliver Plunkett Street won the “Great Street Award” from the Academy of Urbanism in the UK. Cork City is twinned with six cities worldwide: Cologne (Germany), Coventry (UK), Rennes (France), San Francisco (USA), Swansea (Wales) and most recently Shanghai (People’s Republic of China).