Cork Travel Guide

Cork Travel Guide

Cork is Southern Ireland's second largest city and it's city centre is situated on an island between two branches of the River Lee, joined to the mainland by a series of bridges. More sedate than Dubin, Cork has immense charm and it's Corkonian inhabitants offer a warm welcome to visitors. Don't miss the West Cork coastal towns.

Location

South coast of Ireland

Climate

Similar to the UK, summers are usually bright, up to 25 Celsius, winters can be cold but Cork escapes really bad weather due to it's sheltered coastal location.

Currency

EURO

Time Difference

GMT

Transfer Time

Cork airport is located to the south of the city and is easily accessible by bus, train and taxi.

Hotels

There is a wide variety of accomodation in Cork. In addition to the usual B&Bs and hotesl, there are holiday cottages, historic country houses and campsites offering good value accomodation

Attractions

Blarney Castle, The Opera House, Princes Street Market, St Finbar's Cathedral, Cork City Jail, Cork Heritage Park, Doneraile Wildlife Park.

Shopping

Although Cork's City Centre is fairly small there are many local art and craft shops plus department stores situated on Patrick Street and Merchant Quay.

Excursions

Cobh (pronounced 'Cove') is situated on Great Island in Cork harbour and is a traditional Irish town, once a major embarkation point to America. Kinsale is a beautiful, picuresque town situated on the coast, south of Cork, famous for yachting, fishing and latterly, gourmet restaurants.

Family

The Irish love children and they are welcome in most hotels, restaurants and bars. There are many attractions (above) that children will enjoy.

Getting Around

Much of Cork's beauty lies outside of the city to the west and car hire is recommended as public transport is limited.