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

  • 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.

  • 100%


    Cork is after Dublin the 2nd biggest city in Ireland. It's a lovely place to stay, do some shopping, going out and have a drink.

  • 40%


    Don't bother

    Cork looks like a city that went through the industrial age and was promptly ignored. The main attraction, the Shandon bells, were closed without any notice though we opted out of their second largest attraction, a tour of the butter museum. Cork does have a decent cuisine and live music bars, and was a good base for a Ring of Kerry tour that was wonderful, but otherwise doesn't have much to offer, despite the many recommendations we received to go there.

  • 80%


    Visit Blarney Castle

    I spent most of my time in Cork visiting Blarney Castle, and yes, I kissed the Blarney Stone. Definitely worth the trip, because the entire grounds of Blarney Castle and the castle itself were beautiful. You can easily spend the entire day walking around the grounds, climbing the castle, and enjoying the beauty that is Blarney.

    Insider Tip:The stone is actually difficult to kiss, hopefully you aren't afraid of heights!

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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