Travel: Cork getaway will be a love-Lee trip

by Shane Dillon

Now that the lengthening evenings are putting a spring in our step, why not hit the road for a staycation by the banks of the lovely Lee, in Cork?

In fact, the picturesque waterway offers a perfect riverside setting for the hotel of the same name – The River Lee – which has been attracting appreciative guests to its comfy setting for a long time, drawn to a relaxing stay in the Rebel county.

Already a welcome destination all year round, the luxurious Cork hotel has recently collaborated with Nano Nagle Place to create an exclusive one-night getaway, complete with a behind the scenes private tour of one of Cork’s most beloved historic settings.

Previously the buildings of the South Presentation Convent before it closed its doors in 2006, Nano Nagle Place has been lovingly refurbished to house a fascinating heritage centre, cafe, gardens and shop, where visitors can experience the story of life in 18th Century Cork in an unexpectedly calm and beautiful oasis in the bustling city centre.

As part of The River Lee’s Slice of the City package, guests enjoy an overnight stay along with a private tour of Nano Nagle Place with exclusive access to buildings not open to the general public.

After a day exploring, return to the hotel and enjoy complimentary access to the on-site NRG fitness centre and swimming pool, or relax in the sophisticated surroundings of The River Club over a glass of something local and delicious.

Complete with an overnight stay for two adults, a private tour of Nano Nagle Place and breakfast in The Mirror Room the following morning, Slice of the City at The River Lee is available from €239, and offers a charming cultural break in the country’s second city.

The cultural and cosy stay is just part of the reason to hit down the road to Cork, of course, thanks to a city that has so much to offer, it’s no wonder many Corkonians never leave.

The city offers a fine range of attractions and things to see and do, coupled with many superb restaurants and wining and dining options that have firmly put Cork on the map in recent decades.

For further information or to make a booking, call 021 493 7772, or see

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