Cork is an accessible, vibrant and beautiful place to visit, complete with its own airport and varied transport links. From island-dotted coastlines to towns brimming with character and charm (and not forgetting the cosmopolitan city of Cork itself) there's so much here to impress international MICE delegates.
Feast your senses on wide open landscapes and hidden gems. This corner of Ireland is not only visually stimulating, but also a foodie heaven, with artisan producers and gourmet restaurants in great supply. The city and county both offer world-class accommodation options and exclusive venues that have implemented full safety measures to ensure the safety of all guests.
While MICE activities have been temporarily postponed due to the pandemic, research and planning carried out now will yield the best possible venues and services for future trips. Once you see just how much Cork has to offer, get in touch with the Meet in Ireland team to transform a dream MICE experience into a reality.
Corkonians will tell you that their city is the "real capital" of Ireland and, with so much to see and do, you may soon find yourself agreeing. The city centre is a maze of cobbled streets just waiting to be explored, all set against the magical backdrop of an ancient merchant city that straddles the River Lee.
For food fans, Cork is home to the 18th century English Market, which is the largest covered market in Europe. Take some time to experience a smorgasbord of artisan and organic foods and drinks before looking a little more closely at the curved, vaulted ceiling above.
There are lots of places to learn about the city’s long history, including museums like the Cork Public Museum, the Butter Museum or the Cork City Gaol. If art and culture is more your thing, the Crawford Art Gallery offers a quiet respite from the bustling streets and is home to over 3,000 works of art from the 18th-century through to contemporary times.
With numerous hotels and venues, Cork is the perfect place to meet all your meeting and conference needs. University College Cork offers a wide range of rooms, larger ones suitable for meetings for 400 delegates or hit the right note by holding your conference in the stylish Cork Opera House, with room for almost 1000 delegates. The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa and The Maryborough Hotel, both on the edge of the city, are other fantastic options. Cork International Hotel, located beside the airport, has room for conferences of over 700 people while the city centre located Metropole Hotel can cater for up to 400 people.
The hilly, harbour town of Cobh lies a short distance from Cork City and is famous as the last stopping point of the Titanic. While you're here, visit the museum dedicated to the ill-fated cruise ship, enjoy the fresh sea air and explore the quaint streets or get back to nature at the nearby Fota Wildlife Park.
Founded by 12th century Cistercian monks, Midleton has a long and rich history that nowadays sees award-winning restaurants, rustic pubs and four-star hotels populate the market town. It is also the home of Ireland's most famous whiskey, Jameson, making it the ideal spot to taste and enjoy this famous export. Take a tour of the distillery before finding a cosy place to enjoy an evening of traditional music, delicious food and fun.
The Jameson Experience
If fine food and fresh sea air are priorities, then Kinsale is a must-see stop. This coastal town has bags of personality, thanks to its colourfully painted buildings. It's also a known culinary hotspot, so make sure to take a guided food tour or see which eateries you stumble across as you stroll along the seafront.
West Cork and The Beara Peninsula
You will find vast, rugged landscapes, the wild Atlantic Ocean and deserted beaches around every corner in this region of Cork. Embrace the space as you travel between picturesque towns and villages to enjoy the sights of one of Ireland's most naturally beautiful areas.
When business travel becomes the norm again, make sure to consider Cork for your next MICE activity. With unspoiled countryside, quaint towns, villages and the city itself, you will capture delegates' hearts as they enjoy a truly Irish experience and one of the best MICE excursions possible.
Get in touch with the Meet in Ireland team today to find out how they can help you organise an unforgettable trip. Or for more information and details about the business offerings in the area, contact the Cork Convention Bureau.