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.
South coast of Ireland
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.
Cork airport is located to the south of the city and is easily accessible by bus, train and taxi.
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
Blarney Castle, The Opera House, Princes Street Market, St Finbar's Cathedral, Cork City Jail, Cork Heritage Park, Doneraile Wildlife Park.
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.
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.
The Irish love children and they are welcome in most hotels, restaurants and bars. There are many attractions (above) that children will enjoy.
Much of Cork's beauty lies outside of the city to the west and car hire is recommended as public transport is limited.