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A Collection of Walks through Cork City

Cork City is bursting with history and is highly regarded as one of the top destinations to visit. Featuring in the top ten for "Best in travel 2010", the Rebel City has a very vibrant atmosphere and while succeeding in keeping with the times with modern architecture and galleries adorning the banks of the River Lee, Cork's authentic historical background is still evident throughout.

Cork City Council have created Cork Walks, four self guided walking trails taking you to various parts of the city so you can discover the heritage of Cork at your own pace. Brochures and maps are provided and colour coded information points throughout the city are available. Here is just a small insight into where these trails take you.

The City Centre Island Walk

Cork City is enclosed by the north and south of the River Lee and this trail is a one hour long walk of the city centre island. Throughout the walk you will witness some of Cork's stunning buildings including City Hall. This walk takes in the diverse bridges that were built to accommodate shipping and rail services. The walk also visits the iconic English Market which has gained an international reputation as a food emporium. The English Market is a must see for any food enthusiast and is a perfect end to this walk.

University Walk

The University walk again has many pit stops each with fascinating architecture and unique stories. The Trail begins at Christ Church which continues through to the Courthouse and enters the college campus of University College Cork (UCC). The campus has some beautiful limestone buildings and an equally impressive University Quadrangle. This trail is rich in political and industrial heritage and documents the development of Cork City as a medieval marshland right through to its modern glory.

The South Parish Walk

The South Parish Walk concentrates on the southern side of Cork and features the development of mills to breweries. This walk also highlights the religious diversity celebrated in Cork with St. Finn Barre's Cathedral and the Synagogue on South Terrace both visible along the trail. The South Parish Walk reveals some telling tales and is worth every step.

The Shandon Walk

The Shandon Walk is another window into the past of Cork City with a journey to Cork's most successful enterprise, The Butter Exchange Complex. The Journey then continues through many Anglican and Catholic Churches and also informs the walker of the political changes that occurred in Cork from the renaming of streets.

Cork City Walks is a definite must when visiting the Rebel County. Not only is it extremely informative and free, it allows you to view the City at your own leisure. Make sure to check out the many Cork Bed and Breakfast's on offer also. We're sure our hosts could add some fascinating stories to the history of Cork City!

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Posted: 07 Jun 2013 by Claire Regan | with 0 comments

Tags: Cork City, Walking, Walking Trails

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