Spending your Weekend in the City?

Why not spend some time getting to know Cork city?

Blareny Castle

Take the 215 bus route to Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab by kissing the Blarney Stone! Admission price is €11 with an ACET student card. Afterward, why not stop for a cup of Barry’s Tea in the Stable Yard café located within the picturesque grounds of Blarney Castle.

Barrys's Tea

 After Blarney Castle and your cup of tea, why not visit the largest Irish Souvenir Shop in Ireland (and maybe even the world) at the Blarney Woollen Mills.  Afterwards, when you are laden down with souvenirs and kitted out in your new Irish woolly jumper, you can head over the road to one of the traditional Irish pubs in the village square for a pint of Beamish. Here you are sure to enjoy a chat with the locals and maybe even catch traditional Irish music session.

Trad Music session

If you’re around the city centre for an afternoon, we recommend that you call into the English Market for a food experience like no other. With several restaurants and cafes to choose from and the best artisan food produce in all of Ireland, you will be spoiled for choice. Five minutes walk from the city centre is St the legendary St Patrick’s Hill. Located at the top of this hill is a quiet and lesser known park called ‘The Camp Field’. From here you can witness a panoramic view overlooking the iconic Shandon Tower and the cityscape of Cork.


 On your return journey to the city centre, stop in for a cup of Cork’s finest coffee in Cork Coffee Roasters on Bridge St .You will need it after your pleasant day of sightseeing.

My Experience in Cork!

 Isabel Maria Afonso Guizado, a recent ACET student recounts her experience in Cork.

“When I arrived in Cork at first I was nervous because I didn’t know anybody in this unfamiliar city. My first day was already fine because my Irish family introduced me to the city and that was very kind of them. The next day in the school I was shown all about the school. the administration team was nice with me during my work experience. they all have an understanding and helpful attitude, and assisted all of the students with their questions. On the other hand, the teachers are well-prepared but at the same time they make the classes entertaining.

My classmates were from many different countries, which is great because we could see the cultural differences between our countries and learn from it. After school we all meet up and walk a few minutes to the city centre to have a look in shops or have a coffee in the cafes or even to walk to the little parks in the city or by the River Lee. At weekends we meet up together in the bars for a drink and together we go to the disco.

Cork is a small city but it is very cosy and people are amazing because they are so friendly. There are many shops along the streets and the most important shops are on the main street. the alley streets have restaurants and pubs. What I like most is the friendly atmosphere and that everything is within walking distance.

In the beginning if you don’t know anybody, ACET offers you some events, activities and tours which is helpful and an easy way to meet people.

I don’t live in the centre but I’m 20 minutes by bus from the city centre. My host family is lovely and they make sure that I am ok at all times.

I come from Tenerife and there is a lot of cultural differences but I am open-minded and I like to try food from all around the world and to learn more about new countries, to meet new people. Over all my experience has been amazing! I didn’t miss my family and friends because I was always active and busy in Cork which I enjoyed a lot. Moreover, nowadays we can keep in contact with our relatives and friends using the internet.

Ireland has a lot of places to visit. During my visit I had four days off from school for St. Patrick’s weekend so I booked a day tour in the school to visit the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are the most amazing cliffs in the world and during the trip we stopped in different places such as the lunar landscapes of the Burren and the Bunratty Castle dating from 1425. The next day I went to Connemara National Park near Galway. Then I spent two days in Dublin. On the 17th March it is St. Patrick’s Day which is a national holiday in Ireland. It was a great opportunity to be there on the big day for the Irish people. The parade was a spectacular procession which went across the heart of Dublin. The parade included school marching bands, giant puppets, people dancing and the crowd wore goofy green hats and festive face paint. The night before the parade my friends and I went for a drink to Temple Bar. We went in Irish pubs and we drank a pint of Guinness. There was Irish music playing and it was crowded with people from all around the world. We really enjoyed it.

I totally recommend you come to Cork and live this experience!”

Outdoor Chill-out Spots in Cork city

Cork has been experiencing some beautiful sunshine and balmy temperatures throughout the past week. To keep our students informed of some of the hidden gems across the city, we have compliled a short list of places that are ideal for chilling out on a sunny day.


  1. Fitzgerald’s Park

Fitzgerald's PArk


This beautifully kept park is Cork’s best secret.Here is what some visitors to Fitzgerald’s Park said on Tripadvisor:

“Hidden gem of Cork. Spent a lovely sunny afternoon by the river. Beautiful and so well-tended. Generations of Corkonians have enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of this lovely 18 acre park in the heart of the city”

“Much is on offer for free: spectacular views of Sundays Well, the Mardyke and the river Lee, a very popular Café, an interesting Museum, beautifully manicured gardens, swings and slides, lovely trees and shrubs, interesting sculptures and above all a serene ambiance pervades this lovely facility. A visit here is surely a highlight of any visit to the real capital of Ireland”

“Lovely little park with access to the “shaky bridge” and Cork Jail. There is also a cafe and nice outdoor sculptures – really worth visiting!”

For more information check out the following website links.




  1. University College Cork campus


The magnificent green campus of UCC is an excellent spot for soaking up some summer rays. Toward the end of the academic year the lawns of UCC are dotted with students relaxing, playing frisbee and generally doing anything to avoid studying for end of term exams!


  1. The Camp Field on Patrick’s Hill

Patrisk's Hill  GreenThe Camp Field is a lesser known green area at the top of Patrick’s Hill. It’s likely that you will have this area all to yourself!  You can enjoy a panoramic view of Cork city form this gorgeous green site.


  1. The Triskel @ Christchurch


 According to Tripadvisor:

“This is a gem in the heart of Cork City. A must for all visitors”

“Delightful venue for song and dance evening of traditional Irish music. Events on throughout the year. Pleasant bar for interval drinks and outdoor area with seating”

 “Perfect place to hang out on a sunny day they have a fantastic outdoor area which gets the sun all day long”

“Situated in the heart of the old medieval quarter and is the site of the Hiberno-Norsk settlement and origins of the city. A must see”.

“A trendy spot, with the really cool Gulp’d café on the ground floor. On Thursday nights there’s live acoustic music! This is a nice alternative spot if you want a coffee or beer in a nice atmosphere!”

 For further information check out the following website links.



  1. Bishop Lucey Park

peace PArk

Located right in the city centre off the Grand Parade (opposite the English Market) this beautiful park is a perfect place to relax on the grass on a fine day. On sunny days this park is packed with students and office workers soaking up the rays on their lunch break.

The ACET Easter Hunt



The annual Easter Treasure Hunt took place at ACET today. Students arrived full of enthusiasm and were eager to earn the prestigious title of Winner of the ACET Easter Hunt!

With a mountain of chocolate, Easter eggs and treats to be won, there was certainly an incentive to get involved. Laura prepared challenging and witty clues and throughout the morning students set off in search of treasure.

Check out some of the photographs below!






All of the team here at ACET hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable Easter Weekend.

We look forward to welcoming back both our current and new students after the weekend.