Ireland’s Cork City Named Best in Travel

Lonely Planet's new book features Cork.

Every year Lonely Planet publishes their Best in Travel list. For 2010, the Republic of Ireland’s second largest city, Cork, has made the latest list and for good reason.

Cork isn’t a typical Irish town… yet it’s distinctly Irish. What do I mean? Well, Cork still has its traditional storefronts and a wonderful series of narrow side streets, but unlike other Irish cities, during its growth it has stayed low and compact. This makes it a wonderful pedestrian city, and the experience is made even better by all the great shops, restaurants and cafes in town.

My favorite sites in town were ringing the bells of Saint Ann’s in Shandon and the nearby Butter Museum. And I have to say, the ride on the opentop bus tour was quite an adventure… those streets WERE NOT made for buses! I think even thrill-seekers would get a small rush from the experience. During peek hours, driving in Cork can also be a bit of adventure as well, so get in, park and enjoy.

You can order your copy of the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2010 through our affiliate link here (that means, they’d give the Irish Fireside a portion of the sales).

What other sites are saying about Cork’s spot on the Lonely Planet List:

I’ve got some photos from my visit there last year:

Author: Corey

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  1. I just love that third pic from the end!

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  2. Cork was my favorite of the larger cities. I still talk about the delicious bread we bought and made rough sandwiches from at the English Market and the black and white pics I was able to take at Saint Finn Barre’s were beautiful. I actually bought a really, really cool charm at the cathedral, which later fell off my bracelet. My mom wrote them a letter and they sent us a new one all the way to Wisconsin, solidifying my opinion of the city!

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