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||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.09|
|Average weekend price||$187 per night|
|Average weekday price||$180 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
We loved there were so many pubs, restaurants, & shops all within a walking distance. The river running through is beautiful. I enjoyed the old architecture that gives character to the city. Would like to see more street lighting.
I know Cork City very well, and I would recommend to it to any travellers from any other European country or from any part of Ireland. The city is vibrant, with a plentiful supply of interesting buildings including a superb Art Gallery, and several theatres. However, the traffic in and around Cork city is very heavy, roads can become quite congested at times, with long tailbacks at busy junctions. So, our advice is to avoid rush hours or busy times, and certainly try to avoid holiday periods. Isaacs Hotel, where we stayed, is very conveniently located, within reasonable walking distance of the main train station and the bus station, and the hotel has private car parking accessible nearby, but must be booked in advance.
We like the city, we browsed in the shops, ate in lovely restaurants, went to the Hi B, Mutton Lane and a wine bar, it was great. The best bit for me was Singer, Marie was able to replace the foot pedal for my machine, just brilliant and we had a go on the Ferris Wheel Which we loved.
the hotel was a great location and apeard to be enough parking. no noise from guests i asked for a room near the car park and 'the local community' so i eppected that so no complaints. didnt use tv. the bathroom clean. bed nice and hard. pillows very firm. near merchants quay so good for dunnes supervalu. bus stops everywhere so good.
Wht a lovely, friendly place. I love Ireland, but Cork has exceptionally friendly and helpful people. It’s very easy to navigate the buses, and people will readily point out the best routes and where the bus stops are. Taxis are also cheap and easily available.
We had a great time, the Staff were lovely and the people of Cork are so friendly. We go to Cork every November for my Wife's birthday. Going for the last 20 years. We have often stayed in the Metropel Grisham but this time we were disappointed.
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