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Cork, a city of history and traditional Irish culture, is situated in the south of Ireland. It has a number of historic buildings such as St Finnbars Cathedral and Shandon Church, where visitors are able to ring the church bells. Summer is festival season in Cork, with no less than four festivals including a jazz festival and a midsummer festival. To experience an unfamiliar sport, watch a Gaelic football match, where the atmosphere gets very rowdy.
Besides the historic cathedrals, the city's offers Cork University College, which has the Lewis Gluckman Gallery, a modern building exhibiting international art. The Cork City Gaol is worth visiting to witness how convicts from centuries ago survived in an old Irish prison. One of the best ways to get up close with the city's historic sites is on a walking tour.
The scenic surrounding towns and countryside are best discovered with car rental in Cork. The famous Blarney Castle is located in the village of Blarney, just a short journey northwest of Cork along the N20. The castle grounds are as beautiful as the castle itself, best known for housing a stone which is said to give the gift of eloquence to those who kiss it. In the opposite direction, along the N71, is the small coastal village of Kinsale, which has the ruins of an old fort plus opportunities to go sea fishing. Midleton, east of Cork along the N30, houses the Jameson whiskey distillery.
Best time to visit
Summer is easily the best time to visit Cork as it is the season when the city comes alive with festivals and other events. During June, July and August, the temperature averages out at a pleasant 20°C, with rain infrequent. From May to September, the coastal areas around Cork have lots on offer for visitors as well.
Car rental in Cork
Compare car hire prices for pick-up at Cork City Airport to get the best discounts from leading car rental companies. Car hire in Cork enables visitors to explore the wider area instead of relying on the infrequent local public transport. Driving conditions are excellent and the roads are in top condition.