City Guide Cork, Ireland

Visiting Cork

As well as being Ireland’s second largest city, Cork is the capital of the ‘Rebel County’ and is a great choice for a short break or a longer stay. Located on the banks of the River Lee, this city provides visitors with an impressive selection of things to see and do, along with entertaining nightlife and friendly Corkonians.

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Cork Podcasts

Cork - Inside the English Market

In operation since 1788, the Cork English Market is one of the city's most important attractions. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Rebecca Keenan speaks with Kay Harte from the Farmgate Cafe to find out what makes this food market so special.

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Cork Videos

Cork - a video postcard

Watch our video postcard of Cork to catch a glimpse of the city's top attractions, bars, restaurants and more.

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Cork Pocket Guide

Cork Pocket Guide

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Cork City Reviews

  • 40%


    Cute and hilly

    Cork is a small but enjoyable city. The more tourist sites do not take much time to get to our see but they are worth doing. Cork also offers some great day trips to the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park if you don't have a car or want to drive yourself.

    Insider Tip:Things close early during the week, so if you want to go out to eat plan to go before 9pm. Weekends are crowded with hen/bachelorette parties, so plan for rowdy crowds.

  • 80%


    nice city

    it's a nice city. not that big as dublin but with lots of things going on. as well you can go shopping quite well. make sure to go to an open mic night, especially if you are a musician .. ;)

  • 60%


    More industrial than anything else..

    My friend and I had just come from places like Dublin, Kilkenny, Cashel, Wicklow, etc before arriving in Cork, so we'd seen a good variety of Irish sites and scenery. Cork was mildly disappointing at first..not as pretty as other cities, the atmosphere was a bit more apprehensive than say, Dublin. We warmed up to it though...there are some nice churches around, some great bars and shopping areas..not a lot of major historic sights, but it's cheap to bus out to Blarney if you want.

  • 60%


    A very damaged city but with a great vibe. Not much to do in the city itself, but we loved the Shandon streets.

    Insider Tip:Records and Relics on Lancaster quay is a very nice shop with strange stuff inside and a lovely man. Next to it, Reidys's vault bar is just the nices pub for a warm diner after a long day's walk. And to have a pint, rane Lane is the place to be. It's like a mall of pubs and music.

  • 60%


    Not much to do compared with Dublin

    Nice city. I didn't find much to do so I went to Cobh and Blarney Castle for day trips. Which were lovely.

    Insider Tip:Shandon is a nice area to walk around.

Ireland: Itinerary

Ireland is a very easy country to get around thanks to an extensive bus service which connects all major towns and cities. It also has a country wide rail service but for most journeys the bus is more flexible, frequent and most importantly, at least 50% cheaper than taking the train. It’s not a big country so you can easily make your way to the major cities but it certainly makes for an action packed seven days. Where better to begin your speedy tour than in ‘Dublin’s Fair City’ - the fun filled capital of the Emerald Isle. As well as the host of attractions on offer, the city can really only be appreciated by those who truly immerse themselves in the culture and there’s no better way to do this than by frequenting the host of the pubs and restaurants on offer. Sip on a pint of Guinness in its native home while listening to some Irish music or sampling traditional cuisine and you’ll know what we mean.

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