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Cork Travel Guide - Cork City


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Compare Cork car hire using our car rental comparison engine for great deals. The home of Ireland’s third-largest city after Dublin and Belfast, Cork City, will fill your senses with wit and charm. A sign-posted walking tour around the city will allow you to soak up the unique sights and atmosphere. The town was built on the River Lee and had one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005 and is a vibrant hub of fine dining, entertainment, shopping, sporting and hospitality venues. Even the Cork accent is distinctive and sounds like music to the ear. And if you care to venture outside of the city centre, you will find attractions such as Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Heritage Centre in Midleton and Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney stone and pick up the gift of the gab!

Cork Airport

Cork Airport is a gateway to the South of Ireland, 6.5 kilometres south of Cork City. The airport is third in size to Dublin and Belfast and typically accommodates over two million passengers yearly. Facilities within the terminal include The Loop shopping area, bars and restaurants, a bank and bureau de change, a hairstylist and internet access. The Radisson’s Park Inn and Cork International Airport Hotel are on the airport’s grounds.

Cork hotels

Some of our favourite hotels in Cork include Hayfield Manor, Cork International Airport, and The River Lee.

Hayfield Manor Hotel
Hayfield Manor Hotel is a family-owned five-star hotel just over one kilometre from Cork City. This old country house-style hotel is a twenty-minute walk into town and can accommodate canine guests, with a boarding kennel on site. The hotel won many prestigious awards and won Traveller’s Choice 2013.

Cork International Airport Hotel
This four-star hotel offers convenience for those travelling by air. Hotel amenities include free parking, a fitness centre, high-speed internet, a business centre and a shuttle bus service. The hotel is family orientated, with organised activities for kids, including The Aviators Kids Club and Cloud Nine Relaxation and Cinema Room.

The River Lee Hotel
Located just under one kilometre from the city centre, The River Lee Hotel (formally Jury’s Cork Hotel) has the added benefits of a heated swimming pool, fitness centre and Urban Escape Spa. This four-star hotel is beautifully set on the bank of the River Lee.

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Best tourist attractions in Cork

St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral
Visit this stunning triple spire Anglican cathedral located in Cork City Centre. The cathedral operates guided tours where you will be shown the memorising stained glass windows, marble mosaics, the 3012 piped organ and over 1,200 sculptures!

The English Market
The English Market is a feast for the eyes and taste buds. This vibrant fish, fruit, meat and vegetable market can be accessed from Patrick Street, Princes Street, New Market Lane, The Grand Parade and Mutton Lane. The market building dates back to 1786, and foods from all over the world can be discovered under its roof, including spices, olives, speciality cheeses and pig feet. The market is well catered for with cafes and restaurants, and according to internationally renowned Chef Rick Stein, the market is “the best-covered market in the UK and Ireland.”

Cork City Gaol
This castle-like prison dates back to the 19th Century and is about 2 kilometres from the city centre. Guided tours are available day and night, where you can mingle with the spirits of dead prisoners! You can also have a written time in 12 languages or an audio tour in English, French and Spanish. Facilities include a souvenir shop, parking, toilets and a picnic area.

Fota Wildlife Park
Only twenty minutes from the hustle and bustle of Cork City Centre is a complete contrast to Fota Wildlife Park. Of particular interest is the park’s objective to care for several different animals in danger of extinction, including the Cheetah, European Bison, Lechwe and Scimitar-Horned Oryx. Onsite facilities include The Oasis Café, The Savannah Café and The Serengeti Gift Store.

Shopping in Cork
Cork has many retail outlets, all vying to welcome you in! Indoor shopping malls are on Paul Street, Merchant’s Quay, French Church Street, North Main Street and the previously mentioned English Market. The main shopping streets include Princess Street, Oliver Plunket Street and Patrick Street. Thank you for reading our Cork Travel Guide article. We hope you found it informative. Check out other destinations on our car hire in Ireland page.