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Visit Cork City after you Fly into Shannon

Shannon Airport is a little over 90 minutes from Ireland’s second largest city, Cork and can be taken in as part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way route. When you land, you’ll love the relaxed atmosphere at Shannon and you’ll be ready for the next step of your journey. And when travelling south from Shannon, Cork city in Ireland’s south could be that next step and can offer you heritage, shopping, nightlife, and so much more.

History and Heritage

A particularly historic city, it is also fast gaining a reputation for being one of Europe’s hippest destinations. The best way to explore this rich and vibrant city is on foot. There is a signpost Walking Tour, where you can get the accompanying booklet and set off to explore the hilly streets and meet the locals.

Or you can marvel at the French gothic spires of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral and hear the bells of the 300 year old tower of Saint Anne’s Church. The Old Gaol in Sunday’s Well is one of the many attractions in the city that has been restored, allowing you learn all about life in the jail in the 19th and 20th century.


Once you’re in Cork city, it can be hard to resist the temptation to do a little shopping. Speckled with a variety of high street stores and more importantly, native local producers, and boutiques, it’s a fantastic place to indulge in some retail therapy.

Cork’s famous English Market traces back to the 1600’s and has been officially trading since the late 1700’s. It’s a place to meet and eat, and the markets sell food from all over the world. One of the city’s most popular attractions, here you will find traditional Cork fare including drisheen (blood sausage), buttered eggs, and tripe.

Nightlife and Culture

Cork City has a vibrant night life and plenty of things to do and see. The city itself hosts 24 major festivals every year including Ireland’s oldest movie event, the Cork film festival and the world-renowned Cork Jazz Festival in October.

The city is a perfect stop at any time of year and is ripe for exploration and bursting with Irish charm. Like all major cities, Cork has a wide range of hotels, B&B’s and hostels to suit all budgets.

Whether Cork is your final destination or the first step on your Irish tour, we’ll be here ready to welcome you back and see you home safely from Shannon Airport.

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