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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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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

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 for nationwide routes.

Aircoach serves Cork Airport, Dublin and Belfast. See

By Air

Airport information and flight details and schedules are available at 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

By Ferry

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

An Essential Guide to Cork City

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.

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. 

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.