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St. Finbarr's Cathedral

Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) is situated on the banks of the River Lee in the south of the country. With a city population of 210,000 in 2019 (399,216 including metropolitian area)[14] it is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the third largest on the island of Ireland once Belfast in the North is included.



Cork is the anglicised version of the Irish word Corcaigh, which means marsh. The city centre was originally built on marshland and boats were able to navigate into the channels which separated the many islands. Many of the wider streets, such as St Patrick's Street, the South Mall and the Grand Parade, are actually built on former river channels. St Patrick's Street is Cork's commercial hub, and is known colloquially as either "Patrick Street" or "Pana".

The centre of the city forms an arrow-shaped island between the North and South channels of the River Lee. There are upwards of thirty bridges over the two channels. This, combined with the one-way traffic system, can make the centre a little bit confusing for first-time visitors. The River Lee flows from West to East, and outside of the centre, hills rise steeply to the Northside, while the Southside is that bit flatter but still hilly in parts. St. Anne's Church watches over Shandon, just to the North of the river. The University is about 2km to the west of the centre.

The Train Station is about 1km to the east of the centre. Shops are generally concentrated around St. Patrick's Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, Paul Street and North Main Street. Bars and Restaurants can be found everywhere, but especially around MacCurtain Street, Washington Street and Oliver Plunkett Street. Financial businesses are centred on the area around the South Mall and the Administrative heart of the city is on Anglesea Street.


The patron Saint of Cork, Saint Finbar (c.550-c.620) founded a monastery on the south bank of the River Lee approximately 1,400 years ago. A settlement grew up around this monastery and was added to (and ransacked by) Viking invaders during the ninth and tenth centuries. The town grew and the English Norman King Henry II, who had been requested by Pope Adrian IV (the only English Pope) to collect papal dues not paid, gave Cork city status in 1185.

Cork slowly grew during the late middle ages, developing into a crowded, walled city, centered around North and South Main Streets. The city enjoyed a golden age of sorts during the seventeenth century providing butter to ships which plied the North Atlantic. During this period the city expanded and many Italianate residences were built on the hills to the North in Sunday's Well and Montenotte.

After a sluggish start following independence, the city grew substantially during the latter half of the twentieth century. Currently, as a result of the Celtic Tiger phenomenon, development is having a profound effect on all aspects of the city, including its appearance, mostly for the better. From a small merchant town, Cork has grown into a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that, within the Republic of Ireland, is second only to Dublin in size and importance.

Statio Bene Fide Carinis' – "A safe Harbour for ships" is the motto of the city that is found on the coat of arms.

In recent years Cork has developed a slightly separatist mentality [15] when compared to other parts of Ireland. This is most evident in colloquial speech (Cork Slang) [16] and references to Ireland's capital, Dublin. This is, however, mostly tongue-in-cheek humour.

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

Car ferry services depart from Ringaskiddy (15km SE of the city) to Roscoff. Ferries sail to/from Ringaskiddy through Cork Harbour (the second largest natural harbour in the world; Sydney harbour being the largest) and past Cobh - the last port of call for the Titanic. From April to October there is a weekly ferry service to Roscoff in France with Brittany Ferries [17]. The Cork-Swansea ferry service was suspended in 2007 for lack of a suitable vessel. The Cork-Swansea ferry service was reinstated in March, 2010 by a new operator: Fastnet Line [18] and closed again in 2012 [19].

By plane[edit]

Aer Lingus

Cork Airport [20] (IATA: ORK) is the country's second busiest airport after Dublin Airport, and 4th busiest on the island of Ireland. The airport is located 8km south of the city centre, connected by the N27 Kinsale Road. The destinations focus on Britain and the rest of Europe. There are currently no flights available to/from Dublin.

Among the main scheduled passenger operators out of Cork Airport [21] Aer Lingus [22], Jet2 [23], Ryanair [24], and Wizz Air [25]. Destinations include [26]:

There is a taxi rank located outside the arrivals entrance. Taxis to the city centre cost around €20 and can carry up to 4 passengers (or up to 8 if you request a van-style taxi). Fares for longer journeys are reasonably priced and negotiable.

Bus Éireann [27] route 226 [28] links the airport with the city centre. Route 249 [29] stops at the airport on its route between Cork and Kinsale.

Shannon Airport [30] (IATA: SNN) may be useful for some travellers. There are direct flights to Shannon from the United States and a smaller selection of European cities. Shannon is connected to Cork in 2 hours 25 minutes by Bus Éireann [31] and CityLink [32] bus services.

By train[edit]

The train service in Ireland is operated by Irish Rail [33] (Irish: Iarnród Éireann) which provides rail services from Cork to Dublin (16 trains per day), Cobh (22), Midleton (20), Tralee (3 direct, 6 with one change) and Mallow. All other towns and cities are accessible through connecting trains.

Cork's main station is Kent Station, located on the Lower Glanmire Road, a 10-minute walk east of St Patrick's Street.

Trains in Ireland can be expensive by comparison with other modes of transport. For example, a single (one-way) adult ticket from Dublin to Cork can cost as low as €10 if booked online, but be aware that adult single tickets bought at the station cost €60 [34], almost the same price as a return journey which costs €77 if purchased at the station. In 2012, an initiative was launched which guarantees one-way tickets for €19.99 if booked online at least three days in advance. By booking online on the Dublin train you will be automatically allocated a reserved seat; you can also select which seat you would like manually. The train journey from Dublin Heuston to Cork takes, 2hrs 50mins.

Kent Station, Cork

The Irish Rail network is undergoing a significant upgrading in terms of both infrastructure and rolling stock.

Four routes operate from Kent Station, Cork:

1. Intercity route to Dublin Heuston, serving: Mallow, Charleville, Limerick Junction, Thurles, Templemore, Ballybrophy, Portlaoise, Portarlington, Kildare, Dublin Heuston. A train will, on average, only stop at 3-4 of these stations between Cork and Dublin.

2. Intercity route to Tralee, serving: Mallow, Banteer, Millstreet, Rathmore, Killarney, Farranfore, Tralee

3. Commuter route to Cobh and Midleton, serving: Little Island, Glounthaune, Fota, Carrigaloe, Rushbrooke, Cobh; with a recently opened spur line serving Carrigtwohill and Midleton.

4. Commuter route to Mallow, serving: Mallow.

By bus[edit]

The main nationwide bus carrier in Ireland is Bus Éireann [35] who runs a stopping service from Dublin to Cork every two hours, on even hours from 8:00am until 6:00pm. Similar express direct bus services exist to Waterford, Killarney, and Limerick, Shannon Airport and Galway, all of which are hourly.

GoBus [36] run direct non-stop services to and from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport, the journey takes around 3 hours by Motorway and can be much cheaper than traveling by train.

Aircoach [37] also run services to and from Dublin city centre every hour from 5:00am until 7:00pm, and every two hours from 1:00am to 3:00am. A passenger can then catch a connecting bus to go on to Dublin Airport.

City Link [38] operate services on the Limerick-Shannon Airport-Galway route.

Many private bus companies also operate bus tours around Ireland from Cork. Kavanaghs has a bus service to Limerick and Waterford and Discovering Ireland also offers tours around Ireland.

By car[edit]

The main inter-city road network in Ireland has received a lot of investment in recent years. The M7 and M8 which connect Cork to Dublin is now entirely motorway with 2 lanes in each direction. Approximate journey time is 2 hours 30 minutes in good conditions.

The N20 to Limerick is mostly single carriageway with one lane in each direction; there are short sections of dual-carriageway (2 lanes in each direction) around Cork and Limerick. Approximate journey time is 1 hour 45 minutes.

The main arteries into Cork are mostly wide and in good condition, but the city centre streets and parts of the suburbs can be very narrow and steep; drivers who are unfamiliar with this style of close-knit street layout may find these conditions extremely challenging.

Car rental[edit]

Car rental services in Cork mainly operate out of Cork Airport, however Europcar and Hertz both have locations in Cork City Centre. The close proximity of the airport to the city means that this is not as inconvenient as it might appear, particularly when the excellent bus and taxi services are included.

Get around[edit]

Cork City's main thoroughfare, St. Patrick's Street


Cork has a small city centre and is entirely walkable. A visitor will most likely be staying, eating, drinking and touring in the city centre and will unlikely need to use public transport.


There are bus services to the residential suburbs. Most buses leave from St. Patrick's Street or nearby streets such as South Mall, Grand Parade and Merchant's Quay. A guided bus tour departs from the junction of Grand Parade and South Mall at regular intervals and provides an interesting tour of the main highlights of Cork for those who do not have a lot of time on their hands.


There are numerous Taxi ranks located throughout cork city, fares are calculated on a meter and all taxis are the same price. Fares are also negotiable for longer out of town trips. Most drivers also offer fixed priced guided tours. (See taxi regulator: [39])

Taxis appear as normal cars except with a circular green and blue 'TAXI' sticker on each front door and a yellow bar above it with their license number and 'TAXI' or the Irish equivalent 'TACSAÍ' written on it. If the light is on, the taxi is available for hire, but some taxi drivers forget to turn on and off their light, so check to see if anyone's in the cab.


For travelling a little further outside the city, Cork has a good carpooling community. The Carma[40] app lists significant number of drivers around the city. In particular there a lot of commuters travelling between Kinsale and Cork morning and evening using Carma.

See[edit][add listing]

St. Fin Barre's cathedral and the river Lee, Cork City
  • Cork Vision Centre. This is in a former church on North Main Street. It has a large scale model of the city, hosts artistic exhibitions and has plentiful free tourist info which should help your understanding. Free admission.
  • Elizabeth Fort. From South Gate Bridge, go up Barrack Street and turn right. The walls Elizabeth Fort are open Tuesday to Sunday, offering fantastic views of the city below, guided tours are available.
  • St. Finbarr's Cathedral. This is just a few minutes away from Elizabeth fort and much easier to find. A fine 19th century Gothic building. Visible from the back is a golden angel with a trumpet high upon a tower.
  • Shandon Church. The tower and its bells are symbols of the city, and overlook it from the north. Visitors are allowed to ring the bells, with guidelines available to play meoldies of commonly known tunes. This church is situated in a conservation area.
  • Lewis Gluckman Gallery, . This piece of modern architecture is situated within the grounds of University College Cork. Within is state of the art technology to protect and display major exhibitions of international art, along with facilities for workshops, film screenings, lectures and art classes. A café is situated on the ground floor.
  • Cork City Gaol. Slightly outside the city centre, this attraction is very much worth the visit. It can be reached by using the city sightseeing bus, by taxi or by a 30 minute walk. There is a small admission fee, but it is worth every cent. The Gaol also provides fine views of the west of the city, including the University. (the entrance is 8 EUR/person for adults - coupon 2 for 12EUR can often be found in tourist publications).
  • Opera Lane and City Shopping. Great shopping on Opera Lane with big brands such as H&M & New Look as well as lots of quirky small boutiques on Cork's side streets such as Azure Jewellery " [41] Amity and samui.
  • University College Cork. Take a stroll through the college which is open to the public and take in the variety of architecture here, from the newly constructed extension of the Boole Library to the newly repointed limestone Honan Chapel which is popular for graduate weddings.
University College Cork
  • Páirc Uí Chaoimh This 50,000 capacity stadium is in Ballintemple and is home of Cork GAA. It is open on matchdays and Monday and Wednesday for tours.
  • The Lough park, Lough Road, Cork. Open 24 hours. Situated 1km south-west of Cork city centre and is one of Cork's most fascinating amenities. It is a small freshwater limestone lake in a shallow depression. The Lough receives its water from springs and from water percolating from the ridge to the north on which stands the Lough parish church. It teems with wildlife and the central island provides a safe haven for the numerous types of wildfowl stocked in the Lough. The Lough delights a wide range of people of all ages who engage in such activities as jogging, walking, reading and nature study. There is also a restaurant and bar at the southwestern end, both with good views of the Lough. The Lough was declared a Public Wildlife Refuge in 1881 and is one of Ireland's oldest protected areas. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Learn traditional Irish dancing (Céilí by the Lee), Crane Lane, Phoenix St, [1]. Mondays 20:00 - 21:30. Céilí is a traditional Irish social gathering, with music and dancing. Lessons are available every Monday in the Crane Lane bar on Phoenix Street. Beginners are welcome and no partner is required. A fun and friendly way to experience traditional Irish culture. €5.  edit
  • Fitzgeralds Park. Running beside the river Lee, the tranquil setting of Fitzgeralds park is a place for locals and visitors to relax in quiet natural surroundings with Cork history museum located in the park. Its a must see for nature lovers.  edit
  • Blackrock castle and observatory.  edit
  • Leisure World Cork [42]. For those rainy days, Leisure World have three pools in Cork to choose from.
  • Cork Rebel Pub Crawl (Cork Rebel Pub Crawl), [2]. 6. 10. (51.897748,-8.478839) edit


Cork has a thriving cultural scene that was acknowledged internationally when it was named the European Capital of Culture for 2005. Several festivals are held annually in the city giving the visitor an opportunity to experience a wide range of music, theatre and film.

  • Midsummer Festival [43]. A month long festival featuring theatre, music, art, poetry and much more, throughout the city. Mid June - Mid July.
  • Film Festival [44]. Established more than 50 years ago, the festival features an impressive selection of Irish and international films. Beginning of November.
  • Jazz Festival [45]. One of the largest jazz festivals in Europe that consistently attracts top acts from around the world. Last weekend in October.


  • Watch a Gaelic Game During the Munster Championship in the summer, a number of games are played in Páirc Uí Caoimh, while smaller games are played all throughout the year. See the GAA [46] for more information.
  • League of Ireland Football Watch a Cork City F.C. [47] soccer match during the FAI League of Ireland [48] season from March to November. Turner's Cross Stadium is located 1.5km south of the city centre. Home matches take place on Friday nights at 7:45PM. Tickets cost: €10 (Adult), €5 (U-16′s/OAPs).
  • Sail Cork, East Ferry Marina (3 mi east of Cobh), +353 21 4811237, [3]. Teaches dinghy and cruiser sailing, powerboating and navigation. Courses are run all year round and are available for juniors and adults.  edit
  • Rugby: Musgrave Park the auxillary stadium for the 2 Times European Champions Munster. Munster are currently considered to be one of the best teams in European Rugby. Munster play some of their non-Heineken Cup Fixtures here.
  • Fota Island Golf Club, Fota Island, Cork. [49] Tel: +353 21 4883700. Fota Island Golf Club boasts 3 challenging championship golf courses set amid a stunning 780 acre island. Fota Island successfully hosted the 2014 Irish Open which was won by Finland's Mikko Ilonen.
  • Cork County Cricket Club, Richard Beamish Grounds, Mardyke, Cork., +353 21 4272569, [4]. Munster’s premier and most successful cricket club located in the heart of Cork City. Cricket has been played at the Mardyke since 1874 and continues to be home of cricket in Munster with a large and vibrant membership encompassing all ages and abilities. (51.895977,-8.492242) edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

English Market
  • Cork English Market, Grand Parade, South Mall (enter via Grand Parade or Princes Street), [5]. 9AM - 5:30PM. This is an old covered market in the centre of the city with an abundance of excellent food to suit all tastes and a pleasant cafe, often with live piano music. It also includes an excellent cafe: "The Farmgate". Free.  edit
  • Uncle Pete's Pizzeria, 31 Pope's Quay, 021-4555888. 24/7. A pizza delivery place in Cork City, which places an emphasis on gourmet pizzas.  edit
  • Captain Americas Cookhouse and Bar, 4-5 South Main Street. A very popular restaurant with young,friendly and fun staff. Take a walk around the restaurant and look at the collection of music and celeb memorabilia.  edit
  • Bana Thai Maylor Street (Behind Brown Thomas). Mediocre Thai food, really relaxed atmosphere.
  • Liberty Grill Washington Street. This American-style cafe offers excellent food, especially their burgers.
  • Nash 19 19 Princes Street, off Oliver Plunkett Street.
  • The Bodega, Coal Quay. This is actually a cafe/bar set in a very large old industrial space. Very beautifully refurbished. As a place for a drink in the evening it has become less appealing over the years. However they do a very nice brunch menu on a Saturdays and Sundays. Priced from 8-12 euros. Also very nice lunch menu. The crowd is a very diverse mix of young people, professionals and families.
  • Café Paradiso, 16 Lancaster Quay, Tel: +353 21 4277939. Fantastic vegetarian restaurant, one that even the most hardened meat eaters flock to. At the upper end of the budget but worth it for the gourmet vegetarian delights. The Bridgestone Vegetarian Guide says "…I now firmly believe that Cork's Café Paradiso is the only vegetarian restaurant – maybe in the whole of Europe – where the actual enjoyment of the food is paramount."
  • Scoozis, Off Winthrop Street. One of the most popular restaurants in Cork, always busy for lunch and dinner. Booking is advisable, but people also often just turn up and queue. Staff are young and friendly, menu is varied, cheap and full of very tasty food. Perfect for big parties, small groups of friends and even a romantic meal for two.
  • Clanceys A traditional Irish pub restaurant, That offers average food with an Irish atmosphere.
  • The Ivory Tower, Oliver Plunkett St. This restaurant is a Cork institution. Very eclectic and eccentric food. Cheap it is not, but prices have come down slightly in the last year. An 8-course Traditional Irish Food Tasting Menu is €45. An intimate and unusual small room with very friendly staff and award winning food. The famous dish from here is Swordfish with banana ketchup. For the less adventurous there is a good selection of high quality quite game-y food. A great wine list.
  • Fenns Quay, No. 5 Fenns Quay, parallel to Washington St. Quite a modern looking restaurant, a step down price wise from the ivory tower. Contemporary continental cuisine with an excellent wine list in a nicely renovated old house. Expect to pay about €35-€40 a head.
  • Luigi Malones, Emmet Place. Famous for the teenagers usually snogging out front, Luigi Malones sits across for Cork Opera House.
  • Jacobs on the Mall, South Mall. Award-winning restaurant with incredibly delicious gourmet food. Expensive but worth it, it's easily one of Cork's finest restaurants.
  • Quay CoOp, 24 Sullivans Quay, Cork (Just over the river across the footbridge from the Grand Parade), 021 4317026, [6]. 9AM-9PM. The Quay Co-op Restaurant is renowned by diners in Cork and beyond for the quality and variety of its menu and the ambience of its brightly decorated dining rooms. The restaurant is vegetarian and also provides an extensive range of vegan, yeast-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free dishes from around the world. c.10Euro. (51.895523,-8.4748578) edit
  • Ambassador Chinese Restaurant, 3 Cooks Street, Cork (Next to Specsavers). Chinese food "par excellence". If you are only used to cheap takeaways then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Traditional Western Chinese food but done very well. Try the aromatic duck. Prices are moderate to high.  edit
  • Panda Mama Restaurant, 14 Parnell Place (Between the Bus Station and city hall). The place is worth visiting for the decor alone; traditional chinese wood and marble. Menu shows innovation for a chinese restuarant outside Dublin. Food is good. Prices are Moderate.  edit
  • Market Lane, 5 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, Ireland‎, [7]. This bustling two-storey restaurant and bar near the English Market is a friendly and welcoming place with a lively atmosphere. Where possible they source locally produced foods and artisan products at a reasonable price.  edit
  • The Idaho Cafe, The Corner of Maylor Street and Margaret Street. 12-4. An excellent restaurant with locally sourced food. Traditional Irish dishes; everything on the menu is top notch. It is a tiny cafe, but the wait is never long and it's well worth it. All of the main courses are gluten-free, as well. €8-€12.  edit
  • Dashi Deli 10, cook street. One of two sushi bars in cork, offers wide variety of traditional and modern pieces. Also offers hot food and noodle dishes. Quality of food is very high with a moderately high price (much higher than Sakura in quality and price), staff is helpful and warm. The sushi bar is small and therefore unable to serve in busy days, ask for food to go if in such a situation. Great for a bite to eat or even as a treat when shopping in town. Closed on Sundays because all fish is sourced from the English market.
  • Sakura 38, MacCurtain street. Good quality and affordable Japanese food. Intimate setting, atmosphere, and friendly staff. Advisable if you want a change from the bustle of the many Asian street food takeaway's throughout Cork. Prices moderate

Drink[edit][add listing]

Barrack Street' is known in Cork for its amount and variety of bars. The Barrack St. Challenge challenge is to drink one pint in each bar starting in Cissie Youngs and still be able to walk by the time you reach the Brewery. Cork is also well known for its live music scene.

Outside of An Bróg
  • An Bróg, Oliver Plunkett St. off Grand Parade. Diverse patrons and music make this a favourite among all groups. A late bar open until 2AM. Expect to queue during the student year.
  • An Spailpín Fánach Irish for 'the migrant labourer' has traditional Irish music most nights, is a traditional Irish pub and has a great atmosphere after 9PM. Located on South Main Street, across the road from the Brewery.
  • The Bierhaus, Popes Quay (at Shandon footbridge), Tel: +353 21 4551648, [50]. Claims the best selection of beers in Cork, with over 50 on offer and new beers on tap monthly. Only pub in Cork with cask ale.
  • Costigans, Washington St. Great atmosphere at weekends, Always a good place to start when doing a pub crawl of the lively Washington St.
  • Franciscan Well, On the riverside north of the Gate Cinema. Has a large beer garden. Brews its own range of beers and has a fine section of foreign bottled beers. This pub organises beer festivals twice yearly.
  • FreakScene, Roxy Nightclub, South Main Street, [51]. Great Student night every Thursday. Upstairs has alternative and indie, downstairs disco and soul and is the gay section of freakscene. Running for 12 years, it has outlasted all competitors in a fickle Cork scene. Casual Dress, in fact wear whatever you want. (Roxy Nightclub is closed)
  • The Hi-B, Oliver Plunkett St. off Grand Parade. (Upstairs). This pub is owned by the grumpiest man in cork. It is a tiny room up old creaking stairs. It has a nice mixture of old guys and a young crowd very friendly and welcoming to newcomers despite its intimidating aesthetic. On a Wednesday evening an ole fella plays jazz piano and takes requests. This place is not for everyone, but if you like the kind of intimate place where a stranger sits to tell you his life story then the hi b is great. Be warned, the owner does not tolerate mobile phones in his bar (among numerous other things). Like a stranger sat at my table once told me "you are no-one in Cork until you have been kicked out the hi-b"
  • Loafers, 26, Douglas Street, [8]. A cosy pub just south of the city centre, Loafers is Ireland’s oldest gay venue. Its laidback, friendly atmosphere attracts a diverse clientele, and it’s generally more popular with women than the other gay venues. (Permanently Closed)  edit
  • Long Valley, Winthrop St. Busy pub with constant turnover of clientele. Sandwiches are not to be missed! Classical and jazz music in the background. A bit expensive, but not overly so given its city center location.
  • MvM - Movies vs Music, Everyman Palace, McCurtain St. This is the place to be on a Saturday night. Playing all the hits from 60s,70s,80s,90s and modern day. They also have a comfy couch cinema showing the best in cult movie titles, such as 'Batman the TV movie', 'Whitnail and I', 'Planet of the Apes', to mention but a few. If that's not enough they have playstation, connect 4, draughts and electro buzz in their games room or chill out with a lovely cocktail! The latest club in Cork. 11:45PM-2:30AM. Check it out, you'll love it!
  • Mutton Lane Inn, Mutton Lane. off Patricks St (first turn after Burger King). This is owned by the same people that run Sin é and it shows. Dark and very comfortable with candle lit tables and trad sessions every Monday night. Get in early this place gets packed. Nice selection of beers both foreign and local.
  • Savoy Theatre. St Patrick's Street, [52]. Home to "Bang" student night on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the college year, "Goldsounds" on Friday Nights and Rapture every Saturday Night Savoy is a must for under 20s visiting and at €10 for entry its very reasonable. Opens at 11PM.
  • Sin é, Coburg St. Dark, small and welcoming. Good for traditional music. One of Cork's more atmospheric pubs.
  • Tom Barry's Another traditional Irish bar, on Barrack St.
  • The Oval Bar, South Main Street ('''Behind Bishop Lucey Park'''). Best Music policy in Cork, if you prefer alternative, electronica or a little bit of rock. Pints are great too. Punters are relaxed. For genuine drinkers only.  edit
  • Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Lapps Quay (Across from the City Hall), 353(0) 21 4279990, [9]. M-Fr 5-7pm/Saturday 5-6pm. An 8,000 square foot Bar and Grill with rich wood and leather panelling tinged with traditional liscaner stone.  edit
  • The Long Island Bar, 11 Washington Street, 021 427 3252. The Long Island Bar is an award winning cocktail bar in the heart of the city. They have an extensive menu with loads of variety so there is something to suit everyone. The staff are friendly and helpful and the drinks look and taste great. The resident dj's have the place rocking at night and the atmosphere is the best in the city.  edit
  • Bar Pigalle, Barrack Street (Opposite The Offie off licence), n/a. "Ze" ultimate french style cafe-bar experience in Cork. Friendliest french staff ever, great selections of french wines and belgium/german beers, and best of all: ingenious yummy cocktails for 7.90!  edit
  • Thomond Bar, 2, Marlboro Street (Between Patricks St and Oliver Plunkett St), 353214279747. One of Cork's premier rugby and sports pubs, offering food Monday to Saturday 12 until late and a guaranteed great atmosphere to watch any major sporting event.  edit
  • The Horseshoe Bar. Located in the Turners Cross area. This cosy establishment offers an excellant variety of beers and spirits with an excellant and tasty a la carte menu.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Blarney Camping Ground is in Blarney, around 10 minutes from Cork by car, and is a godsend when all the hostels are booked out for the night. Price start around €10 per night for a large family tent site, complete with shower, laundry, kitchen and TV room.


There are a handful of hostels in the city:

  • The Bru Hostel [53] tel: +353 21 4559667, 57 MacCurtain Street. The Bru Hostel is a nice new hostel with an attached bar. Live music and a lively pub most nights. Prices start at €12 and include breakfast, wi fi internet, bike and luggage storage.
  • Kinlay House[54] tel: +353 21 4508 966. An environmentally friendly hostel in the north side of the town. Free wi-fi, luggage storage, and secure bicycle lock up. Rates start at €13. A free breakfast is included in the rates.
  • Sheila's Budget Accommodation Centre [55], 4 Belgrave Place, Wellington Road, tel: +353 21 4505562. Rooms start from €13, and includes free wi fi internet.
  • Corks International Youth Hostel [56] 1 & 2 Redclyffe, Western Road, tel: +353 21 4543289. Member of the Hostelling International chain - discounts for members. Rooms start at €15.
  • Travelodge Hotel Cork Airport (1 mile from Cork Airport and a 5 minutes drive to Cork City), Kinsale Road Roundabout, Frankfield Road, +353 (0)21 431 0722 (, fax: +353 (0)21 431 0723), [10]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. from €35.  edit

Mid range[edit]

  • Jury's Inn. Tel: +353 21 4943000. Jury's Inn is a 3 star hotel. Rooms from about €90. On Andersen Quay, close to the bus station. Each of the 133 rooms is equipped with high speed internet and satellite TV. There is also a bar and restaurant on site. Please do not mistaken this hotel for the more lavish and superior Jurys Cork Hotel of The Doyle Collection.
  • Metropole Hotel. Tel: +353 21 4643700. This is also part of a group, Gresham Hotels. Rooms from about €110. This hotel is on MacCurtain Street, on the north side of the city centre. The hotel is comprised of 112 rooms, each equipped with complimentary wi fi internet access, room service, and laundry service.
  • Imperial Hotel Cork [57]. Tel: +353 (0) 21 450 7533. This hotel, on South Mall right in the city centre, can have decent weekend deals, but is edging towards the more expensive end. Each room includes room service and nightly turndown service.
  • Clayton Hotel Silver Springs Clayton Hotel Silver Springs. Tel: +353 21 450 7533 . Rooms start from around €99. The Hotel is located about five minutes from Cork City Centre and seven miles from Cork International Airport. The hotel has a leisure centre and large conferencing and banquet facilities.
  • Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City (The newly refurbished 4 star Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City is located in the heart of Cork City, in the historic cultural quarter, near the famous Shandon Bells.), John Redmond Street, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland. T23 A9TF, +353 (0)21 452 9200 (), [11]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. (51 90′ 2.56,-8 47′ 47.33) edit
  • Maldron Hotel South Mall (Corks newest 4 star hotel located right in the heart of Cork city centre.), 93 South Mall Street, Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland. T12 EE72, +353 (0)21 203 7000 (), [12]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. (52.617042,-8.5861858) edit
  • Carrigaline Court Hotel [58]. Tel: +353 (0)21 485 2100 . Located just 18 km from Cork city Centre, the Carrigaline Court Hotel is ideally situated to within close proximity of Ringaskiddy, Crosshaven, Kinsale and West Cork.


  • Hayfield Manor. Perrott Avenue, College Road. Tel: + 353 21 4845900. [59] Possibly Corks grandest hotel. Hidden away at the top of a cul-de-sac on Perrot Avenue, off College Road, this 5 star hotel is an expensive and luxurious hotel. Backpackers normally work here, rather than spend the night. The Hayfield Manor has a variety of rooms to best suit your needs.
  • Kingsley Hotel Cork. Victoria Cross, Tel: +353 21 4800500. [60] The Kingsley Hotel is polished and sophisticated luxury 4-star hotel in Cork. Located on the banks of the iconic River Lee, the hotel is just a 30 minute walk from the centre of this exciting, bustling city, filled with culture and great things to see and do.
  • Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Cork Airport. [61] Cork Airport, Tel: +353 21 494 7500. Situated just steps from the Cork Airport, and 10 minutes drive from the city centre, it is ideal for travellers inbound and outbound.
  • The Clayton Hotel. Lapps Quay, Tel: +353 21 4224900. [62] Brand new, boasting a nice riverside promenade, this hotel is proving very popular. Easily accessible, within close walking distance of the city centre. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, power showers, and Egyptian cotton sheets.
  • The Maryborough Hotel & Spa. Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Tel: +353 21 4365555. [63]
  • Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, Ditchley House Little Island Cork, Ireland, +021 429 7000, [13]. 15 minutes from the city of Cork this hotel is a relaxing and luxurious getaway from the city.  edit
  • Fota Island Resort. Fota Island, Cork. Tel: +353 21 4883700. [64] The luxury 5-star hotel, situated on a 780 acre private island in East Cork, boasts 123 en-suite rooms and 8 private suites. The resort is also home to three championship golf courses, a luxury spa, a selection of casual and fine dining restaurants and marvellous natural woodlands.

Stay safe[edit]

Cork is a safer city than Dublin. During the night caution should be taken, as in any situation involving large numbers of people and alcohol. However, as in any city the vast majority of people are out simply to enjoy themselves.

Sensible and vigilant behaviour when out late at night should mean that any trouble is avoided. If your safety feels compromised, approach any of the many police or doormen in the city centre, who will be happy to provide assistance. There is virtually no guncrime in Cork, even the general police don't carry guns, so there is no need to worry about firearm violence.

Get out[edit]

  • Blarney Castle, Blarney. This is a famous and picturesque castle nestled within the comfortable settings of Blarney village. Known for its beautiful gardens and historic value, this sight attracts visitors throughout the year. Prices of admission vary but generally remain under €10, with discounts available for students. Grounds close at 5PM daily (excluding winter).
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  • Barryscourt Castle. On the way to Cobh, just before Fota. Historic restored Norman Castle and seat of the famous Barry Family. Guided tours available. There is a nice cafe adjacent and a heritage orchard with an example of every type of Irish Apple Tree.
  • Cobh, Formerly known as Queenstown. This was the port for Cork in the age of the great ocean liners, and still sees the occasional cruise ship. It can be reached by a suburban train - timetable [65]. Cobh also boasts an interesting heritage centre.
  • Fota Wildlife Park and Arboretum [66], set on an island in Cork harbour and reached by road or the Cobh suburban train.
  • Midleton Home of the Jameson Distillery and Midleton Farmer's Market. One of the most famous farmer’s markets in Ireland: Saturdays only: 9.00-13.00.
  • Cape Clear Island off county Cork, officially designated Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking area.
  • West Cork Beautiful rolling hills and green countryside, the Ireland from the postcards. Many picturesque towns to stop and eat or sleep, like Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Bandon.
  • Crosshaven A pleasant seaside town 20km South at the Mouth of Cork Harbour. Many clean beaches and Cliffside Walks.
  • Kinsale: Pretty historic seaside town 30 minutes South of Cork by car. Famous for its food festival and restaurants especially seafood. Good pubs too. There is also an excellent range of watersports to avail of in the harbour or on the many nearby beaches, and the famous Old Head golf links is close-by. Charles Fort is an excellent example of 17th Century Star shaped fort: guided tours available. See also James Fort, Desmond Castle and the excellent walking tours of the town.
  • Killarney, Co. Kerry. Home of the Killarney Lakes, Killarney Castle and Killarney Wildlife Park, another great spot to enjoy the countryside and small-town life in Ireland.
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