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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.