Escorted Rail Tours to Cork
One of the world's largest natural harbours
Lively Cork is officially Ireland's second city, though its fiercely proud inhabitants often call it "the real capital of Ireland". Their pride is understandable; the city's beautiful centre is surrounded by pretty waterways, creating an island of elegant Georgian streets and ornate architecture, as well as an authentic, narrow tangle of alleyways from the same era. These are packed with exciting shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants, along with some fantastic museums and monuments, making Cork a delight to explore.
The city's long history has largely centred on the battle for independence. By 1185, Cork was under English rule, replacing Irish leaders in the South's most influential stronghold. A series of clashes ensued over the years. The city still prospered, aided by its position in one of the world's largest natural harbours. During the 18th century Cork exported produce all over the world. In later years, Cork's reputation as 'the Rebel City' was justified in the fight for Irish independence - though it has since emerged as a calmer city, and still a fantastic destination.