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Linguistic Stay in Cork: Learn English in Ireland

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Deeply rooted in history with its unique blend of contemporary style and Old World charm, Cork captivates tourists from around the world with its cultural diversity. Recognized as the European Capital of Culture in 2005, it is the second largest city in Ireland after Dublin. Like Venice, it is built on water, and the city center is located on an island between the two main branches of the River Lee, upstream from the harbor. Every corner offers a new panoramic view, intriguing architectural structures, and the finest art galleries, theaters, and museums in Ireland, making the exploration of Cork diverse and surprising. In addition to its fascinating architecture, the people of Cork are friendly, outgoing, and humorous. They enjoy meeting people from other countries and are renowned for their hospitality. "There are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet." Cork is the ideal city for a successful linguistic stay.

On a linguistic journey in Cork


119 230 inhabitants


Ocean, Maritime Port

Flight duration

1 hour 40 minutes


The city of Cork is located in the eponymous county in the southeast of the island of Ireland. As the third largest city in the country, it is situated 256 kilometers south of the capital, Dublin. The city is crossed by the River Lee, which forms an island in the middle corresponding to the main part of the city center. Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbor in the world, surpassed only by Sydney. Cork has an oceanic climate, characterized by humidity and variability, with a high level of precipitation. Despite the frequent foggy days, Cork enjoys the highest sunshine hours in Ireland.

History & Culture

The origins of Cork can be traced back to the 4th century with the construction of a monastery by Saint Finbarr. Some of the visible remains of the current city walls date back to this period. The city developed as a seaport but endured Viking raids. In 1185, the rebellious city was annexed by the English. The struggle continued for centuries, culminating in the severe repression by Protestant supporters of William of Orange against Catholic followers of rival James II in 1690. In the 18th century, Cork was ravaged by the Great Famine. Historically defiant, the city supported armed actions of the independence movement and claims a rightful role as the true Irish capital.

Things to do / Places to see

The county of Cork offers numerous natural wonders, from the remote Dursey Island to picturesque villages overlooking coves and rocky outcrops. In Cork itself, cultural and religious heritage is omnipresent. Highlights include St. Finbarr's Cathedral, built in 1865 on the site of the original chapel, the Cork Museum, which explores the theme of the Titanic, whose final port of call was Cobh, located 15 km from Cork, the Cork City Gaol, a former prison, and the Cork Butter Museum. The city also shines with its vibrant atmosphere, restaurants, pubs, and festivities such as the Cork Jazz Festival.

The city in practice

The city of Cork has an international airport located a few kilometers south of the city center. It is also possible to reach Cork by ferry from France, docking at the famous Cork Harbour. Within the city, there are around twenty bus routes available. The cost of living in Cork, like the rest of Ireland, is quite high. For shopping, it's worth visiting the shops along the main thoroughfare, St. Patrick's Street, or exploring the English Market for food items.

Cork Tourism Office:
Fáilte Ireland - Áras Fáilte - Grand Parade - Cork City
Tel: +353 (0) 21 4255100

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