The Irish city of Cork is served by a local airport situated just outside the borders of the city, offering direct links to cities across the UK and mainland Europe. Flights to Cork, on the southern coast of Ireland, are largely linked to the UK by the main Irish airline operators of Ryanair and Aer Lingus. Direct flights can be found from Aer Lingus and its regional carrier taking passengers to Cork from London Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bristol. Low cost carrier Ryanair offers flights to Liverpool, Gatwick and Stansted within the UK. Other major European airlines flying into Cork Airport include Air Europa and Flybe. Because the airport is located just a few miles from the centre of Cork, there are a number of buses taking passengers directly into Cork, including services to Parnell bus station and Kent Railway Station.
Cork, on the River Lee is often seen as a historic city featuring many buildings and sites that can be explored for their links to major events on the past. The Red Abbey is one of the major attractions for visitors to this city, which is one of the only areas of the original city walls that still exist from the Medieval period and formed part of the original abbey and the central bell tower dating back to the 13th and 14th century. The majority of visitors to Cork spend at least a short time visiting the world famous English Market that is loved for the range of local produce on sale and the Victorian architecture of the building. With a history dating back to 1855 the Opera House in Cork has been fully refurbished and offers exhibitions and performances by touring companies.