Tour overview

The South-West Region benefits from a mild climate and has a very scenic environment, which includes features such as MacGillycuddy’s Reeks (the highest mountain range in Ireland), the Dingle Peninsula, Mizen Head and the Iveragh Peninsula along with numerous small islands.


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EPIC Museum of Irish Emigration

EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and the future with 1,500 years of Irish history and culture housed in its atmospheric vaults. The world’s only fully digital museum, experience this breathtaking story in state-of-the-art interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish history to life. Watch characters from the past tell one-of-a-kind tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict and discovery, belief and community.

10 million people, many destinations, one museum. Journey with them

Epic Museum of Irish Emigration

Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art

Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
Parnell Sq N, Dublin, Dublin City, IE, 1
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art

Gaiety Theatre
46 S King St, Dublin, IE, 2
Gaiety Theatre

Cork - Ireland's Ancient East

If you suddenly feel as if you are walking on water, don’t be so surprised. Cork is a city built on water, its heart set on an island between two arms of the River Lee.

Cork’s got the depth you’d expect from a European Capital of Culture – the galleries, museums and live performances plus a packed events calendar. But the city also exudes a no-nonsense warmth that makes you feel time is on your side here. Nature has a hand in that. Cork was founded 14 centuries ago, on islands in an estuary, where the River Lee joins the world’s second-largest natural harbour. Waterways circle the city-centre, crossed by 22 bridges. Hilly neighbourhoods climb the river banks stacked with colourful houses – and the University’s historic campus seamlessly connects to the city centre.

Cork is one of the island’s biggest culinary hot spots. Fresh fish floods into the city from nearby towns while artisan producers furnish restaurant dishes and market stalls with sumptuous dairy products and meats from the surrounding pastureland.

To the south the deep bowl of Cork Harbour, with its sailing races and regattas, is circled by some of Ireland’s iconic places. At the harbour’s edge is Cork’s port of Cobh, departure point for millions of emigrants, and the last calling point of the Titanic. It’s a place with a poignant history beneath its cheerful seaside feel.

East of the Harbour is Jameson’s distillery at Midleton: a pure taste of Ireland for millions around the world. To the North West lies Blarney and its castle, legendary home of Irish eloquence.

Just south again, on the Atlantic coast, is picture-perfect, smart Kinsale with its yachts, its pretty quayside, its narrow 18th century streets, its festivals and its gourmet cuisine.

Grounded, witty and irreverent, “The People’s Republic of Cork” likes to set itself apart from the rest of the country. Yet for all that, it’s an intensely Irish place to visit.

Do & See

Full of life and vibrancy, Cork is a city that attracts flows of students every new school year, but it is also home to plenty of parks, museums, galleries and sights ready to please all and everyone.

Cork City Gaol & Radio Museum Experience
Sundays Well, Cork City

Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter's
Cork City

Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Cork City

Crawford Art Gallery
Emmet Place, Cork City

Fitzgerald Park
Cork City

The Jameson Experience
Midleton, Cork City

Cork Butter Museum
Shandon, Cork City

Bishop Lucey Park
Cork City

Elizabeth Fort
Barrack Street, Cork City

Lavit Gallery
Father Mathew Street, Cork City

Lifetime Lab
Lee Road, Cork City

Red Abbey
Red Abbey Street, Cork City

UCC Visitor's Centre
Cork City

Fota House and Gardens
Fota Island

Lusitania Monument and Graveyard
Cobh, Co. Cork

Blackrock Castle Observatory
Castle Road, Blackrock

Fota Wildlife Park
Carrigtwohill, Cork City

St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
Bishop Street, Cork City

Triskel Arts Centre
Grand Parade, Cork City


Cork’s tradition of using very fresh local and seasonal produce has brought it up to the range of culinary capital of Ireland. Generous food traditions and yummy specialty dishes will have you push every restaurant's doors in a quest for deliciousness. And you should not hesitate to do so!

Jacques Restaurant
Oliver Plunket Street, Cork City

48 Mac Curtain Street, Cork City

314 Winthrop Avenue, Cork City

Liberty Grill
32 Washington Street, Cork City

El Vino
Eglinton Street, Cork City

Market Lane
5/6 Oliver Plunkett, Cork City

Les Gourmandises
17 Cook Street, Cork City

Café Mexicana
Carey's Lane, Cork City

Cafe Paradiso
16 Lancaster Quay, Cork City

Nash 19
19 Princes Street, Cork City

Amicus Restaurant
Paul Street, Cork City

Bombay Palace Restaurant
14/15 Cook Street Cork City

Fenn's Quay Restaurant
5 Sheares Street, Cork City


If Irish weather scares you, remember: it will be the perfect excuse to walk into a warm and cosy coffee shop or tea room and indulge in comforting hot beverages. Do not worry, if Irish Coffee IS on the menu, it is not the only item and there are surely a lot of delicious options to choose from.

Farmgate Café
Grand Parade, Cork City

Crawford Gallery Café
Emmet Place, Cork City

Idaho Cafe
19 Caroline Street, Cork City

Bookshelf Coffee House
78 South Mall, Cork City

Butlers Chocolate Café
30 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City

19 George's Quay, Cork

Cork Coffee Roasters
2 Bridge St, Cork

Union Grind Espresso Bar
4 Union Quay, Cork

Alchemy Cork
123 Barrack St, Cork

Myo Cafe
34 Popes Quay, Cork

Bars & Nightlife

Narrow streets and laneways filled with unique pubs, clubs and live music venues make up the landscape of Cork, Ireland’s second city, after dark. With students making up a third of its population, the city is renowned for its vibrant cultural scene.

The Mutton Lane Inn
3 Mutton Lane, Cork City

An Bróg
72 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City

46 Cornmarket Street, Cork City

The Hi-b
108 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City

An Spailpin Fanach
27 - 29 South Main Street, Cork City

Patrick Street, Cork City

Franciscan Well
14B North Mall, Cork City

26 Washington Street, Cork City

The Castle Inn
99 South Main Street, Cork City

Suas Bar
4-5 South Main Street, Cork City

Sin É
8 Coburg Street, Cork City

Crane Lane
Phoenix St, Cork City

The Oval
South Main Street, Cork City


Cork is the perfect place to indulge in some serious retail therapy and pick up memorable gifts for family and friends. Most (if not all) of the leading retailers can be found in the city centre - and as the city is so compact, you’ll find it easy to explore on foot.

Cornmarket Street Market
Cornmarket Street, Cork City

Opera Lane
Opera Lane, Cork City

Merchants Quay
No. 1 Patrick Street, Cork City

French Church Street
French Church Street, Cork City

Shopping outside of the City
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Choose from country house hotels, self-catering cottages, welcoming Irish Home B&B's to caravan parks and campsites... all committed to quality and providing you with a welcome like no other.

For comprehensive listings on all types of accommodation in Cork - visit

Hayfield Manor
Perrott Avenue, College Road

Clarion Hotel Cork
Lapps Quay, Cork City

Hotel Isaacs Cork
48 Mac Curtain Street, Cork City

Cork International Airport Hotel
Cork Airport Business Park, Cork

Maldron Hotel Cork
John Redmond Street, Shandon

Audley House Bed & Breakfast
Western Road, Cork City

Lancaster Lodge
Lancaster Quay, Western Road

Garnish House
Western Road, Cork City

Hostel Cork City
Meade Street, Sullivans Quay

Sheila's Hostel
4 Belgrave Place, Wellington Road

Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Maryborough Hill, Douglas

Belvedere Lodge
Tivoli, Cork City

Gresham Metropole
MacCurtain Street, Cork City

Ambassador Hotel
Military Hill, Cork City

Do & See

Full of life and vibrancy, Cork is a city that attracts flows of students every new school year, but it is also home to plenty of parks, museums, galleries and sights ready to please all and everyone.