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View over the Shandon Bells and Cork City

An introduction to County Cork for Student Groups

Cork
3 Nights / 4 Days
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Experience the city, nature and landscape that this unique and scenic part of Ireland has to offer

Dive in and discover Ireland’s second largest city on this 4-day exploration of Cork. This is a fun-packed tour of the city famous for its colourful houses and laidback locals. Uncover a different side of Irish history following in the footsteps of pilgrims as you kiss the Blarney stone and get your social media posts ready as you overlook the views from the Rock of Cashel. You will also get to visit one of the most unique jails in Ireland and finish by rolling up your sleeves on a visit to Glenilen Farm. So get ready and experience just why Cork is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets!

Where will your group be accommodated in Cork?
Students Resting in the Hostel Room on a Bunk Bad
  • Cork city centre located hostel
  • Ensuite rooms (shower & toilets in bedrooms)
  • Leaders accommodated in private rooms
  • Students accommodated in multi bedded rooms
  • FREE Continental breakfast
  • FREE WiFi throughout the hostel
  • FREE Bed linen
  • Fully equipped self-catering kitchen
Your trip to Cork day by day:
Day 1 – Arrival in Ireland

On arrival at Dublin airport your coach driver will collect your group in the arrivals hall and head to Cork city to your hostel accommodation. A comfort stop on route will be provided.

The rest of your afternoon is at leisure.

 

Evening: Enjoy your evening in Cork in a local restaurant for your 2-course dinner.

Day 2 – Exploring Cork City and beyond

Morning: Cork City Gaol – As you approach Cork city Gaol (jail) you may be mistaken for thinking you are going to enter a magnificent castle. However, this unique building was in fact home to 19th century prisoners. The jail closed its doors in 1923 and now offers a fascinating insight into what daily life was like inside the prison walls. Wander through the ever-changing exhibitions, hear stories of its most infamous inmates, and even discover how the building became home to one of Cork’s best known radio stations.

 

Afternoon: Glenilen Farm – Today you will learn what daily life is like on this working dairy farm that has been family run for generations. From milk production to kitchen gardens and from animals to promoting sustainability, this is an all access tour with a personal touch and is one to leave you with an appreciation of the life farmers live.

 

Evening: Head to your local restaurant for a hearty and well-deserved 2-course dinner.

Day 3 – Day trip to Blarney Castle & the Rock of Cashel

With nearly 600 years of stories to tell, you begin today with a trip to one of Ireland’s most treasured sites: Blarney Castle. Explore the castle grounds, lose yourself in the labyrinths of dungeons and dream big as you climb the wishing steps. Finish by following in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims as you visit the famous Blarney Stone. Are you brave enough to kiss the most famous stone in Ireland?

You end today with a trip to the Rock of Cashel, one of the most incredible medieval buildings in Ireland. Visit Cormac’s chapel and explore the grounds, all whilst looking out at the most spectacular backdrop of rolling Irish countryside as far as the eye can see.

 

Evening: After a busy day out, make your way to your local restaurant to savour your 2-course dinner on your last evening in Cork city.

Day 4 – Saying goodbye to Cork

Your coach will collect you at your hostel accommodation and drive you back to Dublin airport, taking a comfort break on route.

Useful Information:

The Day trip to Blarney castle and Rock of Cashel is mainly outdoors, so we recommend you wear suitable clothing and shoes, in case of bad weather.

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