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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 October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.06
Language English
Average weekend price $171 per night
Average weekday price $164 per night
Average stay 1 night

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6.0

Cork itself does not offer much, but can be a good starting...

April 13, 2024

Cork itself does not offer much, but can be a good starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way adventures. IF you are traveling with a car. Traveling by train & public busses does not bring you to the coast etc. The City Gaol is nice to visit, good shopping options including the English market. Skipped the Blarney Castle due to high cost. So next time probably driving with a rental car, but then a stay outside a city is also an option. Very good variety of restaurants.

GeniaH
GeniaH Germany
10

Great genealogy and family history day was held at the Cork...

April 12, 2024

Great genealogy and family history day was held at the Cork County Archives. Very friendly staff and excellent speakers. I did not know this was an annual event that they held there and I would recommend it to anyone interested in genealogy. It was well attended and I understand it will be repeated next Thursday 18th April such was the demand for seats. I hope to return to the archives for research and to attend their annual family history day.

Olivia
Olivia
10

The city was great.

April 6, 2024

The city was great. Lots of shops and places to visit nearby. There are many hills so bear in mind if your about travelling. The Old City Goal is up a huge hill so Taxi there and walk back (downhill) Taxis are cheap enough to use but some of them are cheeky with the prices. The weather was good for our stay but remember to take an umbrella as it often rains unexpectedly.

Donna
Donna
10

Staff very friendly.

March 11, 2024

Staff very friendly.. really good atmosphere in bar, had a Dj playing music.. room was great lots of towels, big shower, tv, minibar and fridge which was stocked also.. gym and pool there also overall really good no complaints

James
James Ireland
8.0

we stayed at little island and visited cobh, and spike...

February 10, 2024

we stayed at little island and visited cobh, and spike island, did not spend too much time in cork city, just walked about a bit in the centre which was interesting, lots of culture and many shops too.

Eva
Eva South Africa
8.0

First of all the buses are shocking , waited over an hour at...

January 31, 2024

First of all the buses are shocking , waited over an hour at the airport for a bus to cork city and returning found out they only run every hour !!! But the city is wonderful , every type of shop you would want , lovely walks along the river and the people are so friendly , will definitely be returning!!

jenny
jenny United Kingdom

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