Cork, Ireland’s Maritime Haven. With a maritime history spanning over a thousand years, Cork is set in a beautiful soft coastal environment where the land, the people and their culture will stimulate your senses.
Cork was founded 14 centuries ago where the River Lee joins the world’s second-largest natural harbour.
Cork’s importance as an international trading port dates back to the 11th century when Vikings established the first permanent town on the southern banks of the River Lee. The invading Anglo-Normans further developed the settlement and Cork was granted its first city charter in 1185 giving rise to a walled port city, into which trading ships sailed via the main harbour-facing gate.