Cork, Ireland's second largest city (just 1.5 hours drive from Tralee through beautiful countryside) 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. Students enjoy spending a day shopping (usually on Saturday) and wandering through this beautiful city which has a small town feel to it with lots of character and charm.
More information: www.purecork.ie