Travel: Switch It Up

Give your next city break a fresh spin and look be­yond the big names…

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Swap Paris for Lille

This north­ern French city is known for its quirky stu­dent vibe, beau­ti­ful city cen­tre, and ac­tive cul­tural life. Spend the morn­ing shop­ping in the pic­turesque city, with reg­u­lar cof­fee and waf­fle breaks, soak in some his­tory at the many Gothic churches and fine art mu­se­ums, or visit the Braderie de Lille - the largest flea mar­ket in Europe.

Swap Dublin for Cork

Rich in his­tor­i­cal her­itage, Cork City has al­ways been an im­por­tant Ir­ish sea port, with the River Lee flow­ing through its cen­tre. As a re­sult, it has be­come a city of bridges, and the best way to sam­ple its unique flavour is to walk. Set off to ex­plore the city’s hilly streets and meet the lo­cals.

Must do:

Take a walk along St Pa­trick’s Street: Make sure you have your credit card to hand as you ex­plore Cork’s main shop­ping street, boast­ing big names such as Brown Thomas and Dunnes Stores. Do time at the Cork City Gaol: This build­ing once housed 19th cen­tury pris­on­ers, and is now open to vis­i­tors.

Get an in­sight into day to day prison life and read har­row­ing tales of in­mates from the orig­i­nal graf­fiti they left on cell walls. Must try: The English Mar­ket: Sam­ple home­made cof­fee, meat, fish, and choco­late at this roofed mar­ket at the heart of the city. It is one of the old­est mar­kets of its kind in the world. A few her­itage pints: The Cork Her­itage Pub Trail will lead you on a boozy ad­ven­ture through the city. Drink your way through The Mut­ton Lane Inn and The Oval, to Crane Lane The­atre, and The Vi­carstown Inn. Get­ting there: There are daily flights with Aer Lin­gus and Ryanair to Cork from all over the UK, in­clud­ing Lon­don, Birm­ing­ham, Liver­pool, Bris­tol, New­cas­tle, Manchester, and Cardiff air­ports.

Have an ad­ven­ture

So French An Ir­ish gem

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