Cork is the second largest city of Ireland and lies in the province of Munster. It has a population of 210,000. The city was originally a monastic settlement and lies between two channels of the River Lee. It was expanded by Viking invaders around 915 and was once fully walled. Some remnants are still visible in the town centre. Cork is also known as the food-capital of Ireland and is home to the fantastic English Market, where local cheeses, fresh seafood and handmade chocolate can be found. The city lies close to the coast and is a perfect starting point for one-day trips.