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Cork on Foot & Pub
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A walking tour of the lively city of Cork and a stop for Guinness at a traditional pub is a perfect way to enjoy the charms of Ireland. Your guided tour enables you to discover the rich historical past of this vibrant city. Historic Cork is a city of steeples and bridges and was truly made for walking. Although its compact size makes it entirely visible from many vantage-points, this charming city offers an abundance of lovely Old-World sites for you to discover.
Drive through the rolling countryside to the city of Cork and begin your walking tour. Follow your guide down the South Mall, one of the most gracious streets in the city, then cross the Parnell Bridge. From this point, you’ll have spectacular views and photo opportunities of City Hall, the bank, College of Commerce and Morrison's Island. As your walk continues along the quays, the slender spire of the Holy Trinity Church can be seen across the river. Stop at the Parliament Bridge to admire its gracious arch and gleaming limestone. As you approach the South Gate Bridge, the three spires of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, part of the city's skyline, suddenly come into view, giving you a perfect photo opportunity of this ornate church, which you will visit.
Continue down Sharman-Crawford to Clarke's Bridge, a beautiful stone structure dating back to 1776, and continue on to Cork's bustling main thoroughfare. The classical limestone façade of the Courthouse, located in a street full of red brick buildings, is one of Cork's most enduring sights. Walk down North Main Street and Castle Street into the heart of this cosmopolitan city filled with pedestrian lanes, cafes, bookshops and antique shops. You will also stop at a local pub for a refreshing beer before the return to Cobh.
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Note: Should St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral be closed do to special services or events, you will visit the grounds of University College, a beautiful building of great historical significance, with carefully tended gardens. It is home to the Stone Corridor, a collection of Ogham Stones illustrating an early coded from of the Irish Language.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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