Lying in the southwest of Ireland on the Atlantic Ocean, Cork is a vibrant city with a deep natural harbour. The River lee runs through the centre splitting it into islands and pretty waterways with colourful houses spilling down the gentle hilly streets. The islands offer the opportunity to see wildlife in quiet reserves as well as a golf course – an unusual day out from the hotel if you fancy a little boat ride. Although the successful shipbuilding and car manufacturing years have now passed Cork thrives on prosperous technology companies, pharmaceuticals, brewing, distilling and tourism and the locals get their kicks from referring to Cork as the ‘Real Capital’. There is an ongoing friendly rivalry between Cork and Dublin.
From the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Cork, the city is easy to visit and stroll around. The main shopping road is Patrick Street with its lively shops and pubs. It’s here you’ll have a good view of the ‘four faced liar’ – the clock faces on the tower of the Church of St Anne Shandon always tell different times, but for a better view you can climb the tower itself and even ring the bells. The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery welcomes 200,000 visitors a year to see its historic and contemporary art pieces. Another popular attraction is the English Market, which has been the centre of local produce since 1610. You’ll find fresh local produce and a happy crowd; locals and visitors alike flock here for the buzzy atmosphere and to taste something of Ireland. It’s here that you’ll find ‘drisheen’ too, the local dish of dried sheep’s blood and herbs - a lot tastier than it sounds.
Can there be a trip to Cork without having a tipple? The Jameson Experience is a good choice if you want to learn all about Irish Whiskey – it’s distilled three times to give it a smoother flavour and the distillery is not far from Cork in the village of Midleton. Cork really lights up with its festivals and events – it holds a film festival every November and the annual jazz festival every October when the streets are filled with the sounds of saxophones and trombones. Pubs, theatres and cafes overflow with the soul of the city. This city sings with fun and friendliness and it’s a great place to relax and explore in a lively and historic part of Ireland.
This inviting hotel combines the tranquility of the countryside with proximity to destinations like the airport, Cork city centre and Blarney Castle. 126 rooms feature sea or city-inspired colour schemes and Free high-speed, wireless Internet, and the on-site restaurant and bar serve fresh meals and a variety of drinks. This family-friendly hotel includes an outdoor play area and relaxing features like complimentary car parking and the Retreat Spa & Fitness Centre. The spacious ballroom and 18th century Ditchley House provide ideal venues for weddings or meetings.
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