Cork is Ireland’s second largest city, a MASSIVE county, and if you’re to believe Corkonians, the ‘real capital’ of Ireland’. It’s a buzzy city with a great variety of things to see, do and eat, and if you’re not averse to a bit of a drive or a bus trip, it boasts some of Ireland’s most incredible scenery.
The English Market
The English Market is a roofed food market located in the heart of the city and has been trading since 1788, making it one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. Here you’ll find the highest quality of local produce from meats to cheese to loaves of bread to fruit and veg and more. There’s also a cafe and restaurant, and it’s all open 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Monday to Saturday. So you don’t even have to wait until Sunday to check it out like you would with so many local markets.
Go Wild Wild West
West Cork is known for its incredible landscapes, coastline, surf, food, friendly people, unpredictable weather and a taste of what even I would consider ‘proper Ireland’. If you’re new to Ireland, you might not understand what everyone’s saying, the accents can be as strong as the cheese, but they’re more than likely being totally lovely, welcoming you to their town, asking you where you’ve come from or giving you some very valuable advice about what to see or do that way, or what way the weather is going to go. If you just drive west, you’ll know when you’ve found it. But if you want to map something a little more organised, check out The Wild Atlantic Way for some great tips. Though ALWAYS ask a local for their advice too or post in the Cork GirlCrew group.
Visit the Glucksman
This is Cork’s mini-Guggenheim, at least in my mind. This might be purely down to that they both are named with ‘G’. The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts and located at the main entrance to University College Cork. The building itself is award-winning, and they get some great stuff in. What I’ve seen here has been more impressive than what I saw in The Crawford Gallery, but if you’re into art – treat yo’self to doing both 😉
Making friends in Cork
GirlCrew Cork are fab. They’re regular with their monthly book club meet up and have recently started a monthly chilled out craft meet up too. In between having these lovely evenings together, you’ll find them out for dinner, out for some comedy, in the pub, out dancing or off hiking. The group is open to all women over about 25 and up and there’s always newbies joining the group so don’t even be worrying about being new to it. We were all a newbie once! Hit the link below to join the Cork group or browse our other city groups if you’re based somewhere else 🙂 One of the girls also runs the Cork Like website so you can also check them out for what’s coming up too!