Welcome to our Cork Guide
Full of top tips and recommendations, our Cork Guide is perfectly designed to help you make the most of your next short break to Ireland. County Cork is home to some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery, offering miles of spectacular coastlines, rolling farmland, fairytale castles, historical monuments and the tallest mountain in Ireland. By night you will find that Cork has an excellent array of restaurants, chic bars and lively pubs and many festivals throughout the year.
Whatever you plan to do during your visit our Cork Guide will help find your way through this incredible county. Cork effortlessly blends beautiful scenery and history with lively bars and fantastic shopping and is a busy hub of activity throughout the year. Often referred to as the top shopping destination in the South you will find elegant department stores, chic boutiques and bustling markets all close by.
With plenty of hidden gems and stunning scenery Cork has plenty for you to discover. Visit the Jameson Distillery and learn about the history of Irish whisky making or simply enjoy the culture in one of Irelands most popular destinations. Enjoy an Irish coffee in French Church Street or shop til you drop in Cork’s English Market, whatever your plans the Cork guide is here to help.
Must do's by day
Enjoy a traditional Irish Coffee in the chic city centre.
Pick up some bargains at the Old English Market.
Visit one of the many beautiful castles around Cork.
Must do's by night
Discover some real Irish Charm in one of the traditional pubs.
Experience Cork culture with the Cork Arts Theatre and Everyman Palace.
Sample some traditional and contemporary Irish cuisine.
Travelling to Cork
Cork attracts many visitors from across the world and is easily accessible across the country and from overseas via an extensive network of road, rail, and air and sea links.
Getting to Cork by ferry is one of the most convenient ways to travel. With regular crossings from Swansea on the Fastnet Line you can be on dry land and enjoying your break in no time.
If you are heading to Cork by car you will find the main roads serving the city include the N8 from Dublin, N25 from Waterford, N20 from Limerick, N22 from Killarney and the N71 from West Cork.
Cork Airport is located only 8km from Cork city centre and is the quickest way to arrive into the city. With regular bus, coach and taxi companies situated at the airport you will be enjoying the city before you know it.
Getting Around in Cork
Cork is a beautiful compact city and it is easy to find your way around on foot. Plus with regular buses, plenty of taxis and a fantastic train network you can be across the city in a matter of minutes.
Bus Éireann operates several different routes around Cork city, many of which run early in the morning until late into the evening. A small number of bus routes connect the city with the wider area allowing you to fully explore all Cork has to offer.
There are plenty of taxis throughout Cork to take you to wherever you want to go. Cork Taxi Co-Op and Shandon Taxi Cabs are two of the city’s taxi companies.
For visitors to Cork who want to see this incredible city by bike you will find you can hire bikes from many different places. Some allow you to rent a bike in one place and drop it off in another!