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Exploring Cork on foot will open out to you interesting waterways, lively traditional bars, modern art centres, historical buildings, fascinating independent shops and some of the best restaurants that Ireland has to offer.
Cork is a shopper’s delight, not least because it still has a number of thriving independent traders that help set its shopping district apart from the interchangeable chains that dominate many other cities. Taking a stroll through the winding alleys around Grand Parade and Patrick Street you will discover many quirky independent retailers offering vintage clothes, handmade crafts and bespoke jewellery. When the shopping becomes too much there are also plenty of atmospheric cafes to relax and discuss your purchases in.
Cork has the best foodie scene in the country and lovers of fine foods are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. It’s not just in restaurants, however, where Cork’s love of gastronomy comes to life: a trip to the English Market on Princes Street is enough to work up a hearty appetite in itself, with beautifully presented local produce (cheeses, ham, salmon, buttered eggs, sausages and artisanal breads) mingling with quality imports like olives and wines.
Some of the finest views of Cork can be enjoyed from two historic buildings: Elizabeth Fort and Cork City Gaol. On Sundays the Elizabeth Fort Market Festival will reward you with more than stunning views: Irish crafts, gourmet food and entertainment are also hosted within its historic walls. The views of the west of the city, including Cork’s university, from the old Gaol make it well worth the bus or taxi ride out to it.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a 50,000 capacity stadium in Ballintemple. It is the home of the Cork Gaelic Athletic Association, so you can always catch live football here on match days or enjoy a tour of the grounds every Monday and Wednesday.
With the tranquil River Lea never far away Cork provides many chances to get away from it all, whilst never being too far away from the amenities of the city. Fitzgerald Park offers tranquillity and natural beauty in the heart of Cork, whilst Lough Park is set around a freshwater limestone lake teeming with wildlife just one kilometre south-west of the city centre.
With a warm welcome on every corner, modern art galleries, cosy pubs, great restaurants, historic buildings, regular festivals and shops with a difference, Cork has certainly claimed its place as the ‘real capital of Ireland’ in the hearts of its many visitors.
A: Many travellers to Cork and the wider Cork region opt to rent cars. Whether it's getting to those out-of-the-way places or just hitting the highway with no plan, having your own set of wheels will help make your getaway memorable. Take a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Cork and see if there's anything that stands out.
A: Your best bet is to fly into Cork (ORK). This is a major airport in Cork, operating 932 international flights per month.
A: Most travellers choose to bed down in hotels when visiting Cork. But you don't always have to follow the crowd. You'll also find bed & breakfasts, apartments and guest houses in abundance here, and you can book them all with Expedia.
A: You can start off by picking your hotel, flight and car. Lock in as much or as little as you like. Next comes the more exciting stuff — booking fun activities and one-of-a-kind experiences. With loads of options to choose from, arranging your upcoming getaway in Cork will be simple.
A: The simplest way to save is to bundle everything with the help of Expedia. Hotels, Flights and Car Rentals can all be easily combined into a custom-built package — and by doing this, you'll save time too. Keep this in mind before you book.
A: If a stop in Cork is on your agenda, you really ought to spend some time checking out University College Cork and Cork City Hall. Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is another popular attraction you can't miss.
Stayed in a classic room on the 4th floor,comfortable but not very big.Not as described in picture but adequate. Will stay again.Good breakfast with great choice.Had dinner in Suttons restaurant and very good.
Walking distance to many sights. Unfortunately we were unable to experience other features of the hotel as a result of COVID-19. Food was delicious, but small portions for the price paid for room service.
I stayed here recently for my sisters 40th birthday and couldn't have been happier. The staff are incredibly friendly and efficient- we felt so welcome. Milan was fantastic in the restaurant. I look forward to staying here again
Clean, quiet, comfortable rooms with a view. The food is fantastic! (We had dinner and breakfast). The robes and slippers are a nice touch. Great location - a short walk from restaurants and bars (I highly recommend the Shelbourne Bar for an Irish Whiskey tasting experience.)