Cork, Ireland

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Undoubtedly one of the most charming cities in Ireland, Cork rightly enjoys a reputation as the place to go to enjoy the 'craic'. Known for its friendly and good-humoured inhabitants, the city also boasts a fascinating history, having seen the rule of several different empires, each of which has left its mark on this easy-to-fall-in-love-with town.

Cork's history began in the 6th century, when the local patron saint, Saint Finbar, established a monastery. The current St Finbar's Cathedral can be found in the centre of the city, close to the imposing Elizabeth Fort, and displays some stunning 19th-century Gothic architectural features.

The city was later looted by the Vikings, but returned to its former glory under the Normans, and more recently became a thriving centre of maritime activity. The area around the Elizabeth Fort - where you'll find the Elizabeth Fort Market - is perhaps the best place to catch a glimpse of the local culture, and is home to a number of stalls selling traditional food and arts and crafts from this part of Ireland.

Another stand-out attraction is the Lough Park, which features a stunning lake and surrounding woodland that provides a habitat for a wide array of wildlife, and is perfect for escaping into the countryside without having to leave the city.

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