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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Nice for a day

    Cork doesn't have that much to offer, but it's a great location for doing trips to other towns close buy

    Insider Tip:The college was wonderful. If you like to go for a delicious home-made cake, go to Tara's Tearoom

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Cork - Must see in Ireland

    Great place to see Southern and Western Ireland. We liked it way more than Dublin. It was a great jumping off point for tours to other parts of Ireland. I thought it was a way more authentic part of Ireland.

    Insider Tip:Don't waste your time on the English Market if you don't have time. If you're looking for an early breakfast (not from a convenience store) hit up Costa Coffee. It's the only place that opens are a reasonable time. We took tours through the Paddywagon company (excellent) and it was the best option for coffee/food. Take the Rock of Cashel tour through the Paddywagon company. Get to see South/Central Ireland and it's at a relaxing pace. Take the #215 Bus (30 minutes) from Parnell Station for Blarney.

  • 40%

    Anonymous

    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%

    chrissiju1834

    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%

    Jmcaleen

    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.

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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