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The Republic of Ireland's veritable second city, behind only Dublin, is steeped in history, culture and vibrant civic life. As a result, Cork is a pearl of a destination and another in a long line of superb towns in Europe that reside in the long shadow of a major capital.

A paramount seaport that sits on the River Lee, Cork has a beautiful cityscape, with architecture that spans the medieval to modern periods. Grand cathedrals compete with attractive municipal landmarks such as Cork City Hall, in addition to cultural monuments like the city Opera House and Everyman Palace Theatre. As a premier university city, Cork also boasts a lively student population, with heavy involvement in the arts. No major surprise then that the European Capital of Culture for 2005 has a terrific live music, visual arts, drama and dance scene. Perhaps small in stature, Cork is big on charm and offers endless appeal to intrepid tourists in search of a genuine experience.

  • Cork Opera House
  • Fitzgerald Park
  • University College Cork
  • St. Patrick's Street
  • Saint Finbarre's Cathedral
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cork Jazz Festival
  • Cork Festival of Jewish Culture
  • Cork Film Festival
  • A Taste of Cork
  • Everyman Palace Theatre
  • Café Paradiso
  • Jacques
  • The Ivory Tower
  • Crawford Gallery Café
  • Fenn's Quay
  • Bodega
  • Newport Bar
  • The Half Moon Theatre
  • Redz
  • An Spailpin Fanac
  • Typical of the rest of Ireland, Cork does not experience wide extremes in temperature, though rainfall is abundant.

    • Winter (December to March) 3-9°C
    • Spring (April to May) 4-14°C
    • Summer (June to September) 9-19°C
    • Fall (October to November) 5-13°C

    Cork Hotels

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    Cork Rundown

    The ‘Peoples Republic of Cork’, as it is only half jokingly termed by its inhabitants, grew up on reclaimed marshes around the River Lee, and is enclosed by hills - which only add to its sense of independence. The Irish city is the second largest in Southern Ireland, and the biggest in Munster. In order to get the best views of the city you must get to the top of St Anne’s Church – but only the fit need apply -since it’s necessary to scale 360 steps. A far more relaxing option is to take an open top bus tour of Cork courtesy of local bus firm Cronin’s Coaches – they let you to hop on and hop off to your hearts’ content.

    Corkonians have a true joie de vivre and have made the most of recent investment which has transformed the place with new bars, arts centres and restaurants cropping up everywhere. Shopping in Cork is a pleasure too - O’Connaill is a confectioner of distinction, selling the best Hot Chocolate known to man and Liam Ruiseal Teo and Connollly’s Bookshop are packed with second hand books. For local foods such as sausages and smoked salmon head to the English Market.

    Cork’s Top 10

    10. Cork Opera House has been entertaining the citizens of Cork for over 150 years with opera, ballet, stand-up and puppet shows.

    5. Curraheen Greyhound Park The Irish love this form of entertainment, just a bus ride from the centre.

    9. The National Radio Museum Old radios and tales of Marconi’s massive contribution to the airwaves.

    4. Lewis Glucksman Gallery A testament to Cork’s optimism. Always full of visitors to its lectures, tours and basement cafe.

    8. Crawford Municipal Art Gallery The works of Irish artists Jack Yeats and Sean Keating included.

    3. Cork City Gaol Walk around restored cells featuring models of prisoners and menacing prison guards.

    7. Cork Vision Centre features a model of the city as well as collections of local art and historical photos

    2. Cork Public Museum history from the Stone Age onwards and a cafe next door.

    6. Blarney Castle Built in 1210, features a certain magic stone. Kissing it will make you speak more eloquently, allegedly.

    1. St Finbarre’s Cathedral Spires, gargoyles and angels. If an angel on the eastern wall blows her horn, legend has it this signals the start of the Apocalypse. Run for cover!

    Cork Events

    The Eigse Literary Festival has workshops, readings and events in February at Munster Literature Centre near Cork.

    Cork’s Slow Food Ireland is a showcase for local artisan producers. Taste cheese and other offerings.

    The Corona Cork Film Festival screens international films for a week in October across the city.

    The Cork Midsummer Festival is everything theatrical, film, music, visual arts, literature, dance and family entertainment during June

    The Lee Swim Don’t be a wimp, get your bathers on and jump in, or alternatively watch from the side.

    The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is world famous and has been running for over 30 years. It takes over the city during the last week of October.

    Cork Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT community in style. A week of fun including cabaret, film, picnics, and of course the Pride Parade.

    Cork St Patrick’s Day Festival Free street entertainment and a Parade on March 17th, as with all touted as the best in Ireland.

    Cork World Book Fest Forget the internet. There’s no better place to celebrate reading and books in a place which abounds in shops selling the things.

    The Damhsafest is Ireland’s only International Folk Dance Festival held in July across Cork City and the county.

    When To Go

    Cork has a moderate climate which has no real extremes in temperatures throughout the year. May through to August is a good time to visit Cork since there are bound to be plenty of sunny days.

    Temperatures in summer will be on average around the 20 °C mark, while winter temps will not normally drop below 7 or 8 °C.

    When you travel to Ireland prepare for at least a little rain – autumn and winter are the months with the highest rainfall.

    How To Get There

    Cork Kent Railway Station is the main train station, just a half mile from the city centre, and links to Dublin (takes three hours), Tralee and Killarney.

    Buses are the transport of choice for many Irish people with good reason. They operate a regular service from the bus station at Merchant’s Quay and Parnell place to most Irish destinations and they are cheap – Dublin is around £7 one way with a journey time of roughly four and a half hours.

    Cork Airport is four miles from the centre, and direct flights to Europe are available –otherwise you need to get a connecting flight from Dublin.

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    Blarney Golf Resort
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    4.7
    out of 53 Reviews
    Tower Blarney County Cork

    Assuring comfortable accommodation blended with quality service, this hotel makes you to enjoy all the privileges for ... More hotel details

    Award Finalist 2011 : Best Tee Off and 19th Hole
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    BEST WESTERN Montenotte Hotel
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    4.4
    out of 51 Reviews
    Middle Glanmire Road Cork

    Whether for business or leisure, BEST WESTERN Montenotte Hotel offer guests a unique alternative for those looking for... More hotel details

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    Garnish Guesthouse Cork
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    Western Road Cork

    Housed in a beautiful Georgian architecture in the Irish seaport city of Cork, Garnish Guesthouse Cork makes for a sui... More hotel details

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    Jurys Inn Cork Hotel
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    4.2
    out of 51 Reviews
    Anderson's Quay Cork

    Being an ideal place in the city of Cork, Jurys Inn Cork Hotel offers a warm welcome, relaxing atmosphere and convenie... More hotel details

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    Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork
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    4.6
    out of 51 Reviews
    Ditchley House Little Island Cork

    Whether you come to Cork for business or leisure, this property offers a good choice and best value for its location, ... More hotel details

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    Ambassador Hotel & Health Club Cork
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    3.6
    out of 52 Reviews
    Military Hill Saint Lukes Cork

    Featuring luxurious accommodation and excellent facilities, Ambassador Hotel & Health Club Cork is a chic haven of pea... More hotel details

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    Clarion Hotel Cork
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    4.7
    out of 52 Reviews
    Lapps Quay Cork

    The award winning Clarion Hotel Cork occupies an enviable position in Ireland's second city, overlooking the River Lee... More hotel details

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    Isaacs Hotel Cork
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    4.3
    out of 52 Reviews
    48 MacCurtain Street Cork

    Offering excellent accommodation and convivial hospitality, the Isaacs Hotel is a perfect choice as a base when visiti... More hotel details

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    Imperial Hotel Cork
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    4.4
    out of 53 Reviews
    South Mall Cork

    Imperial Hotel Cork is a haven of tranquility located in the centre of Ireland's second city. Close to all shopping am... More hotel details

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    Gabriel House Guesthouse Cork
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    4.6
    out of 52 Reviews
    Summerhill North Cork City

    Vacationers and corporate travellers looking for cosy spaces with quality amenities and a convenient location, find su... More hotel details

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