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About Cork

Including tips for the best time to visit Cork

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 = $1.11
Language English
Average weekend price $148 per night
Average weekday price $136 per night
Average stay 1 night

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Cork reviews

What other travelers say about Cork

10

Great food, especially seafood.

May 18, 2020

Great food, especially seafood. Nice walks around the city and easy travel to other places such as Cobh for a day out. The city is small enough to walk around, but has everything you need and is fairly light on traffic.

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

Our Favourite spots was the English Market, the shops that...

March 9, 2020

Our Favourite spots was the English Market, the shops that are nestle down the side streets which should never get overlooked. The people were super friendly and helpful to find good spots to eat. Recommend the Woodford! Also, the Sine is a super quirky pub not to be missed. You can get the bus to Blarney Castle, where you can easily spend the day, the garden is beautiful but definitely book tickets online in case and you save a few euro.

LG Travels
LG Travels United Kingdom
10

Cork is a lovely city, quite small and easy to walk round...

November 13, 2019

Cork is a lovely city, quite small and easy to walk round most of the sights in the centre. Do not miss the Crawford Art Gallery, the English Market and St Finbarre's Cathedral. Theatre and Music flourish in this city - do check out what's on. Restaurants too are excellent - Cork is Heaven for foodies. If you have a little extra time, do check out the historic area around Shandon. There's also Fitzgerald's Park, and the City Museum there. The river is lovely from the park, and the splendid houses and churches of Sunday's well can be seen from there too. The lovely university with its extraordinarily beautiful Honan Chapel, is within easy walking distance of the Park. Recommended day trips would include Kinsale, especially the town itself, the restaurants there, and nearby Scilly and Charles Fort. On another day you might want to go to see, the lovely house and wildlife park at Fota and/or Cobh with its magnificent cathedral, townscapes and views of the splendid Cork Harbour - this was the last port of call of the Titanic before sailing to its doom. A bit further afield, but still easily done in a day is the beautiful Gougane Barra, the source of the river Lee. Enjoy!

Donal901
Donal901 United Kingdom
10

A beautiful town, close to Blarney Stone/Castle &...

October 13, 2019

A beautiful town, close to Blarney Stone/Castle & Jameson Midleton Distillery (also many incredible restaurants near by). This B&B is run by an incredibly sweet couple, who exceed all expectations.

Robin
Robin United States of America
8.0

We knew Cork was more city life than the coastal areas we...

October 3, 2019

We knew Cork was more city life than the coastal areas we had visited, however, we expected it to be quaint, which it was not. It was a college town and very crowded. We walked from our hotel along the Lee River to a lovely park and into Cork city. It’s a very old and historic town. St. Finbarr’s Church was magnificent. And Elizabeth Fort, built in 1601, was amazing. A visit to the English Market in Cork was a “must see”. Food and service in restaurant was top notch.

Anonymous United States of America
10

Very friendly people.

September 15, 2019

Very friendly people. The city center was a hub of excitement and shops. We were there for 4 days and felt we were unable to see and do it all. We will definitely be back to explore more of the city that we missed the first time. And we will definitely learn the bus schedule to better see surrounding areas. You must see the English Market! We could have spent more time exploring and trying new things.

Monica
Monica United States of America

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