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

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    Cork Review

    I loved visiting Cork as I've heard from everyone that Dublin isn't a good impression of Ireland. My friends and I walked around the city a bunch and had a great time. Watch out for some creepy people as we had a couple encounters on the street with some strange men that just wanted to talk to us.

    Insider Tip:The wind is very strong and the hills are very steep! An umbrella isn't going to work, so make sure you have a hood and raincoat!

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    Charming Mid-size Town

    Cork is a very quaint mid-size city. Small enough to travel by foot, it was much more convenient (and cheaper) than Dublin. We loved walking around Oliver Plunkett Street and checking out the vintage stores. The night life was alright. Much of the population seemed to be in their late twenties, early thirties. Just a short bus ride from Blarney Castle, I strongly recommend that anyone who visits Cork not miss out on exploring the castle and lands. It was a great one-night stay.

    Insider Tip:Make sure to visit Blarney Castle while you're in the area.

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    Amazing City in a Great Location of Ireland

    Cork itself is a nice Irish city that is much different from Dublin. The size of it isn't overwhelming and there are amazing places to eat and cool little gems within the city.

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    Cork is definitely a younger, funner, more hip scene than most of Ireland. There's a lot more to do and see and shop than most other cities, minus Dublin.

    Insider Tip:Wander the side streets and back streets often. They are charming and under-rated, especially when exploring dilapidated churches and cathedrals.

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    You'll probably get lost.

    The 'city' of Cork had a small town feel to it, because everything is so centrally located. Check out the high-street, and the market, and don't waste your time buying a hop-on-hop-off ticket, everywhere is within a 15 minute walk! We planned to spend 2 full days in Cork, but fit almost everything into one, so if your planning to stay a while, I would rent a car / go to Paddiwagons Tours.

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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