Cork, just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. The castlelike 1824 Cork City Gaol once held prisoners bound for Australia, and exhibitions relay the building’s history. The hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church (officially the Church of Saint Anne) is a symbol of the city.Visitors who climb Shandon Church’s tower are offered sweeping views and can play the church’s bells. Set in an 18th-century customs house, the Crawford Art Gallery has works by Irish painters. The city’s main shopping thoroughfare is St Patrick’s Street, which leads to the English Market,
a covered food market in operation since 1788. The locals said Cork is a town for foodies if you love food can’t miss skip this town. A continuous series of traditional music performances, the Lee Sessions, takes place in pubs across the city. At nearby Blarney Castle, visitors kiss the famous Blarney Stone to earn ‘the gift of the gab’. The first photo where the owner still live in it.