Ireland – land of rolling green hills, craggy white cliffs, extensive history, a burgeoning food scene and a worldwide reputation for its welcoming people – does not let travellers down. The capital, Dublin, boasts a history reaching back a thousand years, exemplified in its medieval castle and Georgian architecture.
Meanwhile, harbourside Cork is a balance of markets, delicious food (often fresh from the sea) as well as colourful relaxed Cobh, dominated by the spire of St Colman's Cathedral.
Sitting pretty on the river Liffey, the capital has much to explore. Cross the Ha'penny Bridge and stop by Dublin castle, a perfect example of Norman architecture.
Georgian architecture is best exemplified in Dublin and its hinterland. Visit Trinity College and the City Hall before spending time in the surrounding countryside, scattered with impressive Georgian mansions.
Modern Irish cuisine is a reinterpretation of traditional ingredients. Fresh oysters, smoked salmon, artisanal soda breads and cheeses now mix with Irish stews and colcannon. Wash it all down with cider or a Guinness in hand.
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