Cork Pocket Guide

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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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  • Cheap Eats Here you'll find information on some of the best places to eat in Cork, whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Don't Miss Kissing the Blarney Stone is just one of the things you have to try while in Cork. Learn more here!
  • Budget Tips Many of Cork's main museums are free of charge. We've got all the details, and more, right here.
  • A Day in Cork... Learn how we spent the perfect day in Ireland's second largest city

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!

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