Cork city life
Cork has a rich cultural heritage and also a dynamic night life, making this city an ideal place for student life, as you will surely not get bored while living here.
Interesting attractions worth visiting are:
- The Red Abbey – the only notable remnant of the Medieval Era
- St. Mary's Cathedral and Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral
- County Hall Tower
- The Elysian
- The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
- The Lewis Glucksman Gallery
- The church tower of Shandon – which dominates the North side of the city.
- The Cork Public Museum
- Blackrock Castle Observatory
Take nice promenades in the Lough Park and wander along St. Patrick's Street, the main street of the city, known for the lovely architecture. Walk through the Hugenot Quarter, known for its cafés, bookstores and small specialty stores.
You can go to the Everyman Palace Theatre and the Granary Theatre or the lovely Cork Opera House.
You can choose between many multi-cultural restaurants, like Chinese and Thai restaurants, French patisseries, Indian buffets, and Middle Eastern kebab houses, but you should not miss trying out local traditions in food: crubeens, tripe and drisheen.
Cork hosts several festivals throughout the year, most popular are Cork Film Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival.
In terms of bars and night clubs, you have a plethora of places to choose from and you should not miss the occasion to learn or at least have fun trying the Irish dancing style.
International atmosphere in Cork
Cork is home to several minorities, such as: Asian, Polish, Jamaican, New Zealander, Italian and Greek.
Due to an excellent quality of life, a business friendly and efficient operating environment, many international companies and entrepreneurs are interested in setting a business in Cork.
The open and multicultural atmosphere is also noticed in the numerous special centres and events dedicated to immigrants and foreign people living in Cork.
Cork has a mild and changeable weather, with abundant rainfall and almost never having extreme temperatures. Cork is a generally foggy city, with fog occurring mostly during mornings and especially in the winter time. Temperatures in December –January are 8 °C (46 °F), rarely falling below 0 °C (32 °F). Hottest months are July and August with 18 – 19 °C (65 – 66 °F).