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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

  • 60%

    bohemiaworld9262

    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%

    Anonymous

    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%

    Anonymous

    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%

    Anonymous

    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!

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Cork, Ireland

    Not much places to visit. There is a cathedral that is really pretty and you can hunt around the city centre for some traditional irish food. Visit the English market for hot choco from the choco shop. really gooey and thick. a small cup for 1 euro. English market is where you should head to in order to get really cheap and fresh food to cook. Check out the pastries there too.

    Insider Tip:Really small town so you can easily walk around the city area and to local attractions

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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