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With over 15 different air operators providing services to Cork, the city is an attractive one to get to and away from over the course of a weekend. Visitors can expect to find plenty of festivals and activities in Cork, some of which are unique to the city. Touring around the place is convenient if you are on foot, but visitors who want to push on that bit further can hire bicycles from the public rental scheme, which started in 2012, with ease. Cycle paths now criss-cross the city and provide a safe environment for getting about, linking the quays, Cork harbour and both sides of the River Lee on which the city stands. Try out the local dishes while enjoying the city's delights, and take the time to develop an ear for the distinctive Cork brogue that so typifies this part of southwest Ireland.
Take a stroll along St. Patrick's Street in Cork to get an idea of what the bustling city is all about. It runs from Saint Patrick's Bridge, which traverses the Lee, to Daunt Square, where it connects with Grand Parade. St. Patrick's Street was refurbished extensively in 2002, making it a fair example of what modern Ireland has to offer. A busy shopping district, the thoroughfare has twice been voted the best commercial street in the country.
Located a stone's throw from the river is Elizabeth Fort, a heritage centre that dates back to the 17th century. Built in the star formation that was so popular at the time, this former military installation sat outside of the city's defensive walls when it was built but is now very much a part of the city's infrastructure. A visit to it will help to get an insight into Cork's fascinating past. It is also the home of the Cork Midsummer Festival, which is staged annually.
A centre of culture in the city, Cork Opera House should not be missed. Staging theatrical productions and larger-scale concerts, the opera house has stood on its current site since 1855. Updated in recent years, the 1,000-seater auditorium also has a delightful smaller space called the Half Moon Theatre as a part of its complex. Both afford a warm welcome, with some top-notch shows to enjoy.
Head to an open green space to enjoy some of the natural environment Cork has to offer. The Emerald Isle's much-vaunted flora are on display in the well-maintained Fitzgerald's Park on the banks of the Lee. Positioned between the city's cricket club and the UCC Mardyke Sports Ground, the park houses Cork's Public Museum, which is full of fascinating artefacts. There's even a café to enjoy and take the weight of your feet for a moment.
Take time to listen to a session of traditional Irish music when in Cork. The city is renowned for it and many pubs, including Sin É on Coburg Street, or the Oval on South Main Street, provide it. Enjoy a pint of the local Beamish stout, a beer that is brewed in Cork, at the same time.
Cork is famous for its convivial welcome, its hearty food and its ease of getting around for newcomers, so it makes for an ideal weekend getaway destination.
Situated in Cork, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Frankfield Golf Club and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Musgrave Park. University College Cork and Cork City Hall are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Frankfield Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of University College Cork and Cork City Hall. Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral and Bells of Shandon are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Musgrave Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cork City Hall and Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral. University College Cork and Bells of Shandon are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Fota hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Barryscourt Castle, Fota Wildlife Park and Fota House Arboretum and Gardens. Titanic Trail and Cobh Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Victorian Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Everyman Palace Theatre and Cork City Hall. Bells of Shandon and St. Anne's Shandon Church are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Cork hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 10-minute walk of Granary Theatre, Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral and University College Cork. Bells of Shandon and St. Anne's Shandon Church are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Kinsale hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Long Castle and Kinsale Rugby Club. Charles Fort is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
Situated in Cork, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cork County Hall and University College Cork. Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral and Bells of Shandon are also within 2 miles (3 km).