Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and part of the province of Munster. The city gets its name from the Irish ‘corcach’ which means marsh. This is apt as the city herself sits between two channels of the River Lee. The city was invaded by the Vikings who used it primarily as a trading port.
Today, you can visit Cork Harbour, which is one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Later, during the 11th Century, the city became a fully walled Medieval settlement, parts of which can still be seen today. During the War of the Roses, Cork became known as the ‘rebel city’, playing host to the great pretender, Perkin Warbeck, and his spectacular failure of a plot to overthrow Henry VII. Since the 19th Century, Cork has been a nationalist city and celebrates all aspects of Irish heritage and achievements, including culture, sport and history.
When deciding where you want to stay and with so many different districts to explore, make sure you know what is going on in each neighbourhood to make the most of your visit. As Cork is a relatively small city, it is easy to access most neighbourhoods as they all lead into one another, which makes it great for both a short city break or a longer holiday with more time to explore.
What’s the best area to experience the city for the first time, tourists, what’s the best district to for dining and nightlife, for students or where to stay when travelling by train ? Read on below to find out more best neighbourhoods to stay in Cork Ireland.
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