Official tourism website for Cork, Ireland

Ireland's Ancient East

Explore the city then head out to discover a land of stories and wander through time.

Cork is the ideal base to explore the rich diversity of Ireland's Ancient East. Discover the rich maritime history of the merchant city, the dark tales of war and emigration in Cork harbour, hear the age-old story of whisky making in Midleton, experience the lonely life of lighthouse keepers on Ballycotton Island or wander through time at Youghal’s clock tower.
If you like food you’ll love Cork as it is home to renowned restaurants like Ballymaloe House, cosy cafés like the Farm Gate in Midleton, and pure Cork gastro-pubs such as the Titanic Bar & Grill in Cobh, serving fresh local seafood landed that morning from nearby trawlers. 

Below are some highlights.

Cork - Defended Treasure

Cork - Defended Treasure

Feel like you're walking on water in a city built on islands. Roam streets teeming with centuries of history and explore ancient forts and castles. There are a thousand years of stories waiting to be uncovered in this merchant city.

Great Legends and Strange Tales

Great Legends and Strange Tales

Uncover underground gun rooms and hidden tunnels, hear swashbuckling stories of ferocious battles to defend Cork’s picturesque coastline and roam ancient castles, churches, and forts.

Discover Ireland's Emigration Story

Discover Ireland's Emigration Story

Hear tales of a tumultuous history and poignant farewells, navigate your way around the Titanic’s last port of call and revel in the stunning, natural beauty of Cork harbour.

Revitalise in our Maritime Paradise

Revitalise in our Maritime Paradise

The story of Cork’s food is as old as the land itself. Reawaken your senses and discover delicious produce from the finest cafés and restaurants as you continue your journey in Ireland’s Ancient East.

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