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Old English Market/City Market

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The English Market is a true gem, no matter what you name it. — Lonely Planet

The name of this bustling food market harks back to the days of English rule. — Frommer's

Such is the fame of the English Market that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth insisted on an impromptu walkabout here on her historic first visit to Ireland in May 2011. — Fodor's

In front of the stalls with their pre-cut meats laid out, you will be struck by the smells of the brightly coloured foods. The local specialities: drisheen (black pudding) and crúibini (pigs' trotters — Michelin Guide

The English Market is Ireland's most famous covered food market, and is heaven for anyone who loves food. — Afar Magazine

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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Though a runaway favorite for the title of “cheesiest tourist attraction in Ireland,” Blarney Castle is still an impressive building. — Frommer's

The late afternoon light on the castle was golden. And the grounds, which are extensive, were beautiful. — Afar Magazine

Join the queue to get into this 15th-century castle, one of Ireland's most inexplicably popular tourist attractions. — Lonely Planet

At the castle's heart is its huge keep, a fine example of a fortified dwelling. — Michelin Guide

The castle contains the famed Blarney Stone; kissing the stone, it's said, endows the kisser with the fabled "gift of the gab". — Fodor's

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Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

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Cork's public gallery houses a small but excellent permanent collection. — Lonely Planet

One of the best art galleries in Ireland, the Crawford has impressive collections of sculpture and painting. — Frommer's

Ireland's leading provincial art gallery. An imaginative expansion has added gallery space for visiting exhibitions and adventurous shows. — Fodor's

Established in the former Customs' House, Crawford Art gallery exhibits a collection of works by Irish and European artists — Michelin Guide

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University College Cork (UCC)

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The main quadrangle is a fine example of 19th-century university architecture in the Tudor-Gothic style, reminiscent of many Oxford and Cambridge colleges. — Fodor's

UCC's campus spreads around an attractive collection of Victorian Gothic buildings, gardens and historical attractions, including a 19th-century astronomical observatory. — Lonely Planet

Part of Ireland’s national university, with about 7,000 students. — Frommer's

University College Cork (UCC), was founded by charter in 1845, as were two other colleges in Galway and Belfast and it now belongs to the National University — Michelin Guide

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Garnish Island

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This little island is a beautiful and tranquil place. It used to be little more than a barren outcrop. — Frommer's

John Annan Bryce, purchased this rocky isle, and, with the help of famed English architect... transformed it into a botanical Disneyland. — Fodor's

From the pier opposite the Eccles Hotel. — Lonely Planet

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Cork Public Museum

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Recounts Cork’s history from the Stone Age right up to local football legend Roy Keane. — Lonely Planet

The exhibitions, which are...displayed in a house in Fitzgerald Park, display life in the Cork region from as early as prehistoric times, through scale models, old documents, engravings and objects. — Michelin Guide

A Georgian mansion that houses a well-planned exhibit about Cork's history since ancient times. — Fodor's

This Irish museum in a historic 19th century market pays tribute to the glory of butter.  — Atlas Obscura

This simple rather endearing civic museum is a good place to get an overview of the city’s history. — Frommer's

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St Fin Barre's Cathedral

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This compact, three-spire Gothic cathedral, which was completed in 1879, belongs to the Church of Ireland and houses a 3,000-pipe organ. — Fodor's

One of Cork’s most iconic sights is the trio of elegant spires topping St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, which can be seen from all over the city. — Afar Magazine

This Anglican cathedral was designed by William Burges and built out of limestone in an exuberant French Gothic style in 1878 — Michelin Guide

The interior is highly ornamented with unique mosaic work. — Frommer's

An attention-grabbing mixture of French Gothic and medieval whimsy. — Lonely Planet

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Fota Wildlife Park

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A huge outdoor zoo, where animals roam without a cage or fence. — Lonely Planet

Fota Wildlife Park is a magnificent estate home to exotic species from all five continents and to animals from all over the world — Michelin Guide

An important breeding center for cheetahs and wallabies. — Fodor's

Wherever possible, the animals in this well-designed wildlife park a few miles outside Cork City roam free with no obvious barriers, mixing and mingling with other species. — Frommer's

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Charles Fort

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One of Europe's best-preserved star-shaped artillery forts, this vast 17th-century fortification would be worth a visit for its spectacular views alone. — Lonely Planet

The British built Charles Fort on the east side of the Bandon River estuary in the late 17th century, after their defeat of the Spanish and Irish forces. — Fodor's

If you're a fan of history and/or photography, be sure to spend time at Charles Fort in County Cork — Afar Magazine

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Bantry House & Garden

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With its melancholic air of faded gentility, 18th-century Bantry House makes for an intriguing visit. — Lonely Planet

One of Ireland's most famed manors is noted for its picture-perfect perch, on a hillock above the south shore of Bantry Bay — Fodor's

This Georgian house was built around 1750 for the earls of Bantry. — Frommer's

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Cork City Gaol

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From 1878, except during the Civil War, the old prison of Cork was a woman's only penitentiary — Michelin Guide

This imposing former prison is well worth a visit, if only to get a sense of how crap life was for prisoners a century ago. — Lonely Planet

This castle-like building contains an austere, 19th-century prison. — Fodor's

Like something straight out of a Victorian novel, this early 19th-century jail is an austere, impressive, and highly atmospheric building. — Frommer's

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St. Anne's Church

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The Anglican church of St Anne's Shandon is one of Cork's most iconic landmarks, thanks to its distinctive clock tower topped with a wind vane over 3m/9ft long in the shape of a salmon — Michelin Guide

Your reward for climbing the 120-foot-tall tower is the chance to ring the bells out over Cork. — Fodor's

Shandon is dominated by the 1722 St Anne’s Church , aka the ‘Four-Faced Liar’. — Lonely Planet

Cork’s most recognizable landmark, also known as Shandon Church, is famous for its giant pepper pot steeple and eight melodious bells. — Frommer's

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Titanic Experience Cobh

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Established on the spot of the former White Star Line ticket office, this site pays tribute to the 123 passengers who embarked at Cobh on the Titanic's fateful last journey. — Michelin Guide

The original White Star Line offices, where 123 passengers embarked on (and one lucky soul absconded from) the SS Titanic, now house this powerful insight into the ill-fated liner's final voyage. — Lonely Planet

Cobh was the last port of call for the ocean liner Titanic. At 1:30 pm on April 11, 1912, tenders carried 123 passengers out to the ship from the offices of the White Star Line. — Fodor's

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Mizen Head Visitor Centre

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Ireland's most southwesterly point is dominated by this signal station... to help warn ships off the rocks. — Lonely Planet

Travel to this visitor center, set in a lighthouse... and you'll wind up reaching the Irish mainland's most southerly point. — Fodor's

Cross a suspension bridge... the sea view is spectacular, and it’s worth a trip regardless of the weather. — Frommer's

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Michael Collins Centre

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It was in the village of Woodfield... that Michael Collins (1890–1922) had his last drink before he was shot in an ambush. — Fodor's

More a place of pilgrimage than a traditional attraction. — Frommer's

A visit to the Michael Collins Centre is an excellent way to make sense of his life and that period of Ireland’s history. — Lonely Planet

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Ballymaloe Cookery School

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The Ballymaloe Cookery School is the epicenter of Ireland's burgeoning local, sustainable, organic food movement. — Afar Magazine

Myrtle Allen reigns supreme at Ballymaloe House... Darina, Ireland's most famous celebrity chef and Slow Food advocate, rules at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. — Fodor's

Professional and amateur cooks flock here from all over the world to sit near the whisk of Darina Allen. — Frommer's

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Cobh Heritage Centre

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The small heritage centre has exhibits on the island’s history and culture, and fine views north across the water to Mizen Head. — Lonely Planet

It also tells the stories of great transatlantic liners, including the ill-fated Titanic, whose last port of call was Cobh, and the Lusitania. — Fodor's

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Mizen Head Signal Station

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Completed in 1909 to help warn ships off the rocks, Mizen Head signal station is perched high above crashing waves and contorted sea cliffs on a small island. — Lonely Planet

At Mizen Head, the southernmost point in Ireland, the land falls precipitously into the Atlantic breakers in a procession of spectacular 210m (700-ft.) sea cliffs. — Frommer's

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The Donkey Sanctuary

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The Donkey Sanctuary is a wonderful nonprofit institution dedicated to Ireland's iconic beasts of burden. — Lonely Planet

A real heartbreaker, this one: a charity that rescues abandoned and abused donkeys and nurses them back to health. — Frommer's

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Triskel Christchurch

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Refurbished in 2011, this ever-growing arts center presents a variety of entertainment, from drama, poetry readings, and opera to traditional music concerts. — Frommer's

An excellent place to get the pulse of artsy goings-on in town, the Triskel occupies converted town houses and a former church. — Fodor's

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