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An Autumn Day in Cork (Seasonal)

As the end of Summer approaches, families slip in to the same old routine of school uniforms, books and back to school, once again leaving the daytime city to the preserve of grown ups.

The multiple hues of green slowly fade to bronze, reds and yellows as the summer sun looses its intensity fading to a pale yellow glow. Fitzgerald’s Park, sitting next to the River Lee, coffee in one hand, book in the other is the perfect place to view Mother Nature do her thing. Ramble back towards the city crossing the Mardyke footbridge to the Distillery Fields and on to the North Mall, one of oldest areas of Cork outside the original walled city. Strolling past the Franciscan Well micro brewery, you can ramble up colourful Shandon Street and the maze of little streets that bring you to Shandon Steeple and Cork’s most iconic landmark.

If you are visiting for the weekend a Cork Harbour Cruise to picturesque Cobh is the perfect way to see the majestic trees along the Marina, Blackrock Castle, Fort Camden and the beautiful woods and islands that adorn the lower harbour. A guided tour of Ireland’s Alcatraz – Spike Island is highly recommended, accompanied by lunch in town and a visit to one of the many ‘olde worlde’ pubs for refreshments.

Upon returning to the city a snack in the Farmgate Restaurant is not to be missed followed by some shopping for tongue tickling delights in The English Market. By this stage the sun is sure to have started setting and its time to turn your thoughts to some night time fun in the city. At weekends its always good to have dinner pre-booked, maybe followed by some traditional Irish music a taste or two of the local stouts and a late night gig in one of the many live music venues.

Whatever the time of year, its always time to visit Cork.