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The River Lee Hotel
The River Lee Hotel

Western Road, Cork

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (888 reviews)

Located on the banks of the River Lee, this Cork hotel is near St Fin Barre's Cathedral, the English Market, and University …

€150
The Metropole Hotel
The Metropole Hotel

MacCurtain Street, Cork

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (503 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cork, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Everyman Palace Theatre and Cork City Hall. Bells of …

€86
Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel

South Mall A, Cork

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (427 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cork, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Crane Lane Theatre and Cork City Hall. Saint Fin …

€120
Clayton Hotel Silver Springs
Clayton Hotel Silver Springs

Tivoli, Cork

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (479 reviews)

This family-friendly Cork hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Holy Family Church, Cork City Hall and St. …

€94
Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa

Rathmore Road, Kinsale

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (294 reviews)

This family-friendly Kinsale hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Long Castle and Kinsale Rugby Clu …

€100
Killarney Guest House
Killarney Guest House

Western Road, Cork

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (130 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cork, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Donovan's Bridge and University College Cork. …

€73
Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Kerry Road, Tower, Blarney

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4.2 out of 5 (368 reviews)

Located in Blarney, this family-friendly hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Muskerry Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Blarney …

€84
Blarney Castle Hotel
Blarney Castle Hotel

Village Green, Blarney

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (170 reviews)

This family-friendly Blarney hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of the Resurrection, Blarney Stone, and Blarney Castl …

€149
Bella Vista Hotel & Self Catering Suites
Bella Vista Hotel & Self Catering Suites

Bishop's Road, Spy Hill, Cobh

2.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (59 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cobh, this hotel is steps from Titanic Trail, Lusitania Memorial, and Sirius Arts Centre. Cobh Museum …

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Rathmore House
Rathmore House

R595, Baltimore

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dun Na Sead, Baltimore Beacon, and Lough Hyne. …

€70

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Pocket Guide: Cork

Cork (or Corcaigh in Irish), commonly known as a “the rebel county” is the second largest city in Ireland and it draws thousands of tourists to its ground every month. These visitors are keen to experience traditional Irish life and the culture and heritage of this fine area. Situated on the south coast, with as estimated population of around 350,000, Cork city covers an area of just over 37 square kilometres.

With such a great reputation, people often refer to county cork as the “real capital of Ireland” which could be a dig at what some may deem as the commercialism of Dublin. Cork sways away from this commercialism and brings you straight to the heart of Irish culture. A massive part of Irish culture is traditional story telling – the art of talking, and Cork is famous for it. Cork is home to the famous Blarney Stone – a stone situated on beautiful castle grounds. Once you kiss the stone you too will be blessed with the “gift of the gab”. Once you've kissed the stone, make sure to take some time and walk around the beautiful castle grounds.

Cork, Nothing Less Than Foodie Heaven

For the food lover, Cork is hard to beat. The English Food Market is a landmark in Cork and has been celebrating local produce for 400 years. The experience of this market is a must when visiting Cork; it is a treasure trove of locally produced specialties and imported delicacies. Don’t fret if you don’t manage to make it as in almost every restaurant in Cork produce from the English Market is on the menu. Jackie Lennox chip shop is a local favourite so if you’re looking for the best of takeaways in town, be sure to visit. And if you want to eat out, O’ Flynn’s Gourmet Sausage company is the pride of Cork. If you want to experience a real sense of food heaven then venture out of the city centre for a day and take a trip to the popular fishing village of Kinsale, known as the food gourmet capital of Ireland.

Cork for Culture & Natural Beauty

Cork City Gaol, on Convent Avenue is one of the most interesting places to visit in Cork as you can take an audio tour and walk around experiencing the footsteps of prisoners who spent time there until it closed in 1923. Famous prisoners included Countess Markievicz and the writer, Frank O'Connor. Another Cork highlight is the Blackrock Castle Observatory where visitors can unravel the mysteries of the cosmos during a visit here. It also includes an interactive theatre, visitors are asked to undertake a mission to save the earth from a rogue comet which also provides plenty of opportunity for audience participation and a great family activity.

Of course, no trip to Cork would be complete without a stop off at Mizen Head, the most southern point of Ireland. Marvel at the wonderful cliffs and scenery of this area as the waves of the Atlantic crash of the coastline.

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