Top things to do in Cork

Attractions, tours, and activities in Cork

About Cork

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As Ireland's second-largest city, Cork is the epitome of Irish charm thanks to its cozy pubs, friendly locals, and charming, narrow streets.

The city center is located on an arrow-shaped island with a network of waterways fed by the Lee River. Pretty much everything is within walking distance, so it's easy to explore the main attractions without relying on public transit. However, some attractions are worth venturing outside the city for. Cork City Gaol is a striking former prison showcasing what life was like for inmates over a century ago. Another is the Fota Wildlife Park and Arboretum where animals roam in a free-range environment. If you have time, take the cliff walk from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen beach for incredible views best seen in good weather.

No visit to Cork is complete without a walk over the iconic Daly's Bridge (also known as the “Shaky Bridge”). This pedestrian bridge spans the entire Lee River and offers breathtaking views. Make sure you check out a few popular nightlife spots like Sin é for live performances of traditional Irish music, as well as all the other cool bars and clubs around the center.

The city also hosts several important cultural events like the Midsummer Festival, as well as film and jazz festivals that attract top acts from all over the world.


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Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit February-April
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language English
Average weekend price $184 per night
Average weekday price $161 per night
Average stay 1 night

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Cork reviews

What other travelers say about Cork


Cork is a really nice town.

January 25, 2022

Cork is a really nice town. On Sunday morning most of bar are closed and it may be difficult to have breakfast. To recommend "liberty Grill" (had bkf) and the local close to it for lunch (Jack and something)

Sebastiano Italy

Visit the English Market, there is a nice car park behind it.

December 13, 2021

Visit the English Market, there is a nice car park behind it. There are lots of nice places to eat but don't forget to book a few days in advance. Driving around Cork is challenging so find a central parking space and prepare to do some walking.


Great walking city and bikes available to rent.

December 1, 2021

Great walking city and bikes available to rent. Some of the best restaurants and pubs in the country. Good local attractions like The English market. A good base for visiting other parts of Cork. All the premises I visited followed the covid rules.

Anonymous Ireland

We just went to the City Centre Stores to purchase some...

November 30, 2021

We just went to the City Centre Stores to purchase some Christmas presents. Excellent for shopping around Patrick Street. Brown Thomas, M & S, Easons, Dunnes etc were bustling with shoppers. Lots of restaurants to relax in and have a tasty snack. We had a light lunch in Market Lane on Olivet Plunkett St. Shopping is a very pleasant experience in Cork. It's so easy to move around to all stores in the around the city centre.

Michael Ireland

Cork does not have the attractions that cities like Dublin...

November 22, 2021

Cork does not have the attractions that cities like Dublin or Galway have. What it lacks in attractions it more than makes up in the friendliness and hospitality of its citizens. Our favorite part of Cork was meeting and talking to the people there. If you are looking for attractions Blarney Castle is about a 20 minute drive and the Jameson Distillery is located in Midleton, which is about a 15 minute drive. The Cork City Gaol is also worth a visit.

Keith United States of America

It is a great town!

October 31, 2021

It is a great town! Lots to do and the people are wonderful. It has great food and fun night life. A great spot for a cheap delicious meal is Sicilians Delights, up the road from the University. Fransican wells in a great spot to start a night out! Cameron's Bakery is a great spot for pasteries and a sandwhich to go.

Domonique France

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