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A Walk Through Cork
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Explore the history and beauty of Cork during a walking tour through this wonderful old 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. Cork extends out through the hills that rise up on both sides of the Lee River, and its quays stretch all the way into the heart of the city. Cork's city center is actually a small island situated between two channels of the river and a plethora of bridges, and features streets lined with numerous shops, arcades and boutiques.
A drive through the rolling countryside, takes you to Cork’s city center where you’ll begin your walking tour. Walk down the South Mall, one of the most gracious streets in the city. Cross the Parnell Bridge and enjoy the 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. Stop for a visit of this ornate church, designed and built by William Burgess.
Stroll down Sharman-Crawford to Clarke's Bridge, a beautiful stone structure dating back to 1776, and continue 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. A walk down North Main Street and Castle Street takes you into the heart of this cosmopolitan city filled with pedestrian lanes, cafes, bookshops and antique shops.
Enjoy some free time at the nearly 400-year-old English Market. A popular location for both residents and visitors, the English Market offers a unique shopping experience that should not be missed. Alternatively, you can use your free time to explore the area independently and perhaps do a bit of shopping before rejoining your coach for the return drive to the ship.
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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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