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About Cork

Since Cork was founded by St. Finbarr over 1000 years ago it has grown from a trading merchant city to a cosmopolitan vibrant 21st century city of today. Rich in history and tradition yet increasingly urbane and sophisticated, the ever-evolving city of Cork is a vibrant place with a unique blend of contemporary style and old world charm. The fiercely proud and independent locals like to claim Cork is "the real capital" of Ireland.

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Set on an island in the River Lee, Cork's streets expand up the river banks on either side to the ornate French Gothic spires of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral and the soaring tower of the Church of St. Anne's where you can ring the famous Shandon Bells.  Many fine buildings line the city streets, from the imposing City Hall to its poignant 19th-century City Gaol.

Pedestrian laneways and narrow streets, small boutiques, gourmet food shops, top-notch restaurants and a host of interesting pubs and clubs fan out across the city centre, as well as a wide selection of contemporary galleries, acclaimed museums and cutting-edge theatres hosting the best from the national and international arts scene.

Live music spills out the doors of the city's traditional watering holes and modern bars, and a strong festival program attracts the best of film, jazz, folk, literary and musical talent year round. Renowned for their friendliness and enthusiasm, the people of Cork create a buzzing atmosphere in the city. The numerous city parks are popular for outdoor games and gourmet picnics sourced at the central and celebrated English Market, a covered system of stalls selling everything from fine cheeses to exotic home-baked breads. Elsewhere the Coal Quay market is the place to unearth hidden treasures, rummage through the bric-a-brac and find the ultimate souvenir of the city.

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Tourism

Cork is the perfect spot from which to explore Ireland's Ancient East! From the city's maritime and merchant past, to the history-soaked neighbouring towns of Cobh and Crosshaven, why not plan your visit to Cork by visiting the Ireland's Ancient East website, or by reading all about Cork in the Lonely Planet guide - Cork was featured in their top ten places to visit in 2010.

Once you arrive, the tourist office on Grand Parade can answer any questions you have: Failte Ireland, Aras Failte, Grand Parade, Cork City.

T: +353 (0) 21 4255100
F: +353 (0) 21 4255199
E: corkkerryinfo@failteireland.ie

Pick up a copy of Whazon, available widely across the city, for a guide to events, pubs and restaurants.

Getting To Cork

By Road

From Dublin: M8
From Limerick/Shannon/Galway: N20
From Waterford & Wexford: N25/E30
From West Cork: N22 or N71

By Bus

Bus Eireann will bring you to Parnell Place bus terminus in the city centre. See www.buseireann.ie for nationwide routes.

Aircoach serves Cork Airport, Dublin and Belfast. See www.aircoach.ie

By Air

Airport information and flight details and schedules are available at www.corkairport.ie. Bus Eireann & Aircoach operate a regular bus service between the airport and the city centre running every 30 minutes or so, journey time 25mins approx.

By Rail

Kent Station is a 10 minute walk to the city centre. See www.irishrail.ie

By Ferry

Brittany Ferries www.brittanyferries.ie brings you close to the city from Roscoff (France) between April and October. www.irishferries.com also have a French route: Cherbourg - Rosslare. A direct seasonal ferry service to Cork is available from mainland Europe, through Roscoff - www.brittanyferries.ie

An Essential Guide to Cork City

Ambassador Hotel

Ambassador Hotel

Housed in a grand Victorian redbrick building overlooking Cork city centre, this modern hotel is 15 minutes’ walk from Kent train station and 2.1 km from Cork English Market. Relaxed rooms are available with balconies, city views and all modern conveniences.

Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East

Did you know Cork is part of Ireland’s Ancient East, a touring region exploring 5,000 years of history, in lush green landscapes with stories told by the best storytellers in the world - from Cork’s heritage as a merchant city, to it’s maritime culture in nearby coastal towns, find out more at the link!

Maldron Hotel Cork

Maldron Hotel Cork

The Maldron Hotel Cork is situated in the heart of Cork’s historic cultural quarter, nestled by the famous Shandon Bells and on the doorstep of Cork’s premier shopping district. This Cork City Hotel is perfect for both business and leisure visitors.

The River Lee Hotel

The River Lee Hotel

The River Lee Hotel is the perfect place from which to savour the city of Cork, and everything that it has to offer. Centrally located, with its superb Fitness Centre, magnificent Urban Escape Spa and the culinary delights of the Weir Bistro, you’ll find it all at The River Lee Hotel.

Circus Factory

Circus Factory

The Circus Factory is Ireland’s only dedicated training space for physical performers - equipped for all disciplines with dedicated workshops. For more information head to their open sessions Mon/Wed 7-9pm and keep an eye on their Facebook page!

Clayton Hotel Cork City

Clayton Hotel Cork City

The Clayton Hotel Cork City is superbly located overlooking Cork’s famous River Lee and is just a 5 minute stroll from Cork’s shopping, entertainment and premier business district. The Oysters Restaurant, a fine dining seafood restaurant, is perfect for dinner.

Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House offers a world class programme of events across all disciplines in the performing arts. Located in the heart of Cork City, the Opera House has been a Cork cultural institution for 160 years. This is a building to be proud of and a building which is proud to be pure Cork.

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery, a National Cultural Institution, is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary.The Gallery is located in the heart of Cork City, beside the Opera House and welcomes over 200,000 visitors a year. Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free.

Farmgate Café

Farmgate Café

The balcony at the Farmgate Café offers self-service with fresh sandwiches, and a delicious display of cakes. The dining room offers table service with speciality dishes and wines to complement the menu. In the heart of the English Market, the perfect place to while away the afternoon. 

Firkin Crane

Firkin Crane

Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, is a place where artists, audiences and enthusiasts can make, see and join in dance of all kinds. Featuring a stage dedicated to dance, smaller performance spaces, an exhibition space and four dance studios, all housed in a distinctive heritage building.

Glucksman Gallery

Glucksman Gallery

Located at the main entrance to University College Cork on Western Road, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery is cultural and educational institution and award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop.

Graffiti Theatre Company

Graffiti Theatre Company

Graffiti Theatre Company provides productions to young people from three years old to young adults.The professional theatre company has expanded to provide an Outreach Department and two attached Youth Theatres, Activate and Physically Phishy.

Granary Theatre

Granary Theatre

Granary Theatre produces and presents new, experimental and multidisciplinary work. Combining professional work with entertaining student drama. Granary is a space of lively creativity and socialising. Hundreds of students learn, work and perform in Granary, contributing to Cork’s cultural life.

Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel

Built in 1813 and magnificently restored, the Imperial is a luxury 4 star hotel located in the heart of Cork City. Explore the home grown boutiques on Oliver Plunkett St. and sample the gourmet delights on offer at the English Market, all in a “stones throw” of the Imperial Hotel.

Kingsley Hotel

Kingsley Hotel

Overlooking the River Lee, opposite Cork County Hall, this modern hotel is 14 minutes’ walk from University College Cork. Contemporary rooms come with all modern conveniences. Featuring a fine-dining restaurant, casual bistro and bar, a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

St. Peters

St. Peters

Within its ancient walls, St. Peter’s offers a wonderfully spacious interior beneath a restored vaulted ceiling. An elegant, modern intervention incorporates a multi-purpose gallery, and ancillary spaces.

The Everyman

The Everyman

Showing an extraordinary range of live entertainment, The Everyman is one of Ireland’s leading presenting and producing theatres. A jewel of late Victorian architecture, steeped in history, the beautiful 650 seat theatre is a favourite with audiences and performers alike.

The Weir Bistro

The Weir Bistro

Escape Cork city for a while and find a spot at The Weir Bistro, the stylish Cork restaurant overlooking the wooded banks of the River Lee at The River Lee Hotel. A cosmopolitan menu, from hearty, authentic Irish breakfasts to buffet lunches and full à la carte dinners.

Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre

Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre

Established by Corcadorca and housed in the Triskel Arts Centre, The Theatre Development Centre is a space available to theatre makers free of charge to write, work with actors and develop the technical aspects of a piece in a supportive environment. .

Triskel Christchurch

Triskel Christchurch

Combining contemporary visual art - The Black Mariah, great food and atmosphere - Gulpd café, niche and mainstream vinyl - Plugd records, and pioneering theatre - Theatre Development Centre - Triskel Arts Centre is the primary centre for culture in Cork. 

UCC Campus Accomodation

UCC Campus Accomodation

UCC Summer Accommodation offers excellent accommodation rates for all festivals, concert and sports events. Also ideal for for Language School Students, Families, Conferences and Study Abroad Groups.

University College Cork

University College Cork

UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges at Cork, Galway and Belfast. UCC is one of the top ranked universities in the island of Ireland and is ranked among the top third-level institutions in the world.