Attractions to visit when you study in Cork
Cork is a city in south-west Ireland, and one of the most vibrant areas in Ireland. Visitors go there to get a taste of traditional Ireland with a trip to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone but there is also a cosmopolitan side to Cork which represents modern Ireland. Anyone who has been there falls in love with the city. There are so many things to do and attractions to visit in Cork.
Blue Flag Beaches in Cork
Cork has several beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag status, an acknowledgement of their cleanliness, absence of litter, great facilities and water quality. The beaches in Cork are amazing and visitors enjoy them throughout the year. Some of the best include Barleycove, Garrylucas and Tragumna in the west and Garryvoe, Redbarn Beach, Youghal Claycastle Beach in the east.
Kissing the Blarney Stone
Have you heard of the Blarney Stone? It can be found in Blarney Castle, near the River Martin. Kissing the stone is an Irish traditional and is said to give those who kiss it the ability to communicate well and with greater confidence and flow. What could be more useful for a language learner? Blarney Castle is surrounded by the Rocklose Gardens and a mansion open to the public to explore.
Cork Art Galleries
For the artistic sightseer, Cork and its surrounding areas offer a great choice of galleries both in the east and the west. Cork City itself is home to some of the finest including The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Buckleys Fine Art Gallery and the contemporary art lover’s choice, The Vangard Gallery of Macroom. Slightly further out in Kinsale photographers can enjoy the Giles Norman Black and White Photography Gallery and of course the Kinsale Art Gallery. If you are planning to visit West Cork, then are also plenty to enjoy including The Mill Cove Gallery in Castletownbere.
Enjoy the most Southern point of Ireland
A visit to County cork wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Mizen Head at one of Ireland’s most southwestern points. It draws large crowds with its dramatic landscape and scenery. Historically it represents one of the main transatlantic shipping routes and for many sea travellers, it offered both the first and last sight of Europe. Access is via a bridge and there is a real sense of being at the edge of southern Ireland when you arrive at Mizen Head.
Cork English College (CEC) is one of Ireland’s premier English language colleges located on the banks of the River Lee. This award-winning language school has been offering a great learning experience for over 40-years. Studying there gives access to the many attractions Cork and its surrounding areas have to offer.
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