Located about 140 mi/225 km by road southwest of Dublin, Cork is Ireland's second largest city—but that doesn't mean it plays second fiddle. The city has gained a reputation for its burgeoning craft brewing scene, plus its proximity to the sweeping Atlantic coastline and picturesque maritime towns—not to mention its Titanic-related history—make it a worthy stop on any traveler's agenda.

The best way to see Ireland's 800-year-old city on the River Lee is on a walking tour, booked through the Cork Tourist Office. Or, if you're hoofing it on your own, begin with an overall view of Cork from Patrick's Hill.

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