One of the cool things about Cork is that you can use it as your main accommodation location and take day trips from there. Whether with a tour company like Paddy Wagon, by car or by train you can easily explore several of the gorgeous locations of Cork County & surroundings.
Reaching Cork is not easy, although it has an airport, there seem to be less and less connections from across Europe, leaving your options to three: pay a lot of money for connecting flights but landing in Cork, travel to Dublin and from there a 3.5h long bus to Cork, or rent a car. For me it's a different story, my sister lives in Cork so this adds to the motivation of visiting her every now and then. Also, I opt for the bus, as I am not a big fan of driving on the other hand side
Now that you are in Cork city, if you have a car then you need 30 min (20km) to reach Cobh, 34 min by bus (200) or 24 min by train (from Kent station)
Some spots to explore
I spent about 2 hours in Cobh, but I'll list you also some of the places you can visit to make it into a longer visit :)
St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
"It overlooks Cork harbour from a prominent position. Construction began in 1868 and was not completed until over half a century later due to increases in costs and revisions of the original plans. [...] The tower contains a carillon which, with 49 bells, is one of the largest in Europe" (Source)
If the impressive Cathedral does not trigger your interest on the outside, I loved the interior, so make sure you don't miss it.
I read on a blog post as a fun fact that it's the second biggest natural port in the world after Sydney but well, it's hard to judge as several others are claiming the same thing.
Anyway, despite this the view is very relaxing so totally recommend to check it out
You can pass by the Titanic Museum, which is done in a quite realistic way from what my sister told me & you can take a boat to the Spike island
Deck of Cards
if you are into cute houses, then you'll live this. walk up the hill and you can get your first shot from the little garden.
And here another view of these pretty houses for you to check out :)