Situated on the banks of the River Lee, Cork is the Republic of Ireland's second largest city and the third largest city on the island of Ireland. The best way to discover this hilly seaport is to walk through the charming narrow streets, and traverse the many bridges that connect the north and south of the city. As one would expect the two main airlines providing regular flights from Birmingham and other airports around the UK are the largest Irish carriers Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Most of the other carriers that operate routes to the city work almost exclusively on a seasonal basis. That being said, the city is well connected to a large variety of destinations in Europe so if there are no direct UK-Cork flights available you can always catch a cheap flight to Amsterdam or Paris, for example, and connect from there. As a dedicated low-cost carrier, Ryanair are perhaps your best option for getting cheap flights to the city. The majority of flights to the airport originate from locations in the United Kingdom, with routes from three airports in London. For the possibility of getting cheap flights to the city make sure to compare prices online, and book in advance. A must for all visitors to Cork City is the English Market, which lies in the heart of the business district. In this bustling market the emphasis is on local produce, with an outstanding selection of fresh fish, cheese, bread and ham. A visit to University College Cork (UCC) will allow you to admire the enchanting limestone architecture, and visit the award-winning Lewis Glucksman Gallery which lies within grounds of the university . The art gallery houses a collection of national and international contemporary art, and a popular restaurant. The Cork City Gaol closed as an active prison in 1923, but it is now an impressive museum that details the harshness of the 19th Century penal system. Make sure to get an audio guide and stroll around the old jail at your own pace.
Following your flight to the city, there are a few options for onward travel to locations in the south of Ireland. The bus route 226 links the airport with the city centre, while the bus route 249 stops at the airport on its journey between the city and the town of Kinsale. If you would prefer to take a taxi following your flight, there is a taxi rank outside the main terminal building. A taxi to the city centre will cost you approximately EUR 20, while fares for longer journeys are quite reasonable and can be negotiated with the taxi driver.