Cork for Visitors

With a population of over 500,000 Cork combines a vibrant, culturally rich yet compact city with  dramatic natural landscapes including mountains, bays, beaches and the world’s second largest harbour. As Ireland’s second largest urban area, Cork City is the beating heart of the region. It is vibrant, easy-going, cosmopolitan and accessible.  Cork has the depth you’d expect from a European Capital of Culture, with a wealth of galleries, museums and live performances, plus a packed events calendar, with more than 20 major festivals each year.

A short drive from the city and the visitor can enjoy Cork’s wonderful selection of landscapes.  From sandy beaches and rugged coastlines, to peaceful lakes, beautiful mountains and quiet countryside, you will find it all here.  Cork is uniquely positioned in Ireland as the gateway to both the Wild Atlantic Way and to Ireland’s Anicent East.

As Lonely Planet says “Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”

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A Learning City

Cork city has a vibrant, inclusive, quality infrastructure of education from basic to higher education and is home to enthusiastic, involved and committed learning communities.  Every year Cork celebrates learning through its Lifelong Learning Festival with a week of free activities and events across the city.

Through the adoption by Cork City Council in 2014 of the Beijing Declaration on Learning Cities the city has committed itself developing best practice as a learning city.  To lead the development of Cork as a Learning City a range of local stakeholders signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Learning in 2015 and have formed a steering group to oversee the further development of Cork as a Learning City. Cork City takes a multi-agency, integrated approach to Learning City development, involving the public, private and community sectors.  Cork was presented with a UNESCO Learning City Award in 2015, recognising progress made in developing Lifelong Learning for all.