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Welcome to our Cork Guide


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.

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 Overview


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.

By Ferry

By Sea

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.

By Road

By Road

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.

By Air

By Air

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 Overview


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.

By Bus

By Bus

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. 

By Taxi

By Taxi

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. 

By Bike

By Bike

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!


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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Cork and here are just a few!

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    St Patrick’s Day Festival – March

    Attracting over 60,000 people, this amazing community event is a sight to behold

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    Cork City Marathon – June

    One of the biggest events in the city, grab your trainers and get involved

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    Midsummer Festival – June

    Transforming the city with a world of arts and culture for the past sixteen years

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    Cork Jazz Festival – October

    Easily one of the most premier jazz fests in Ireland, and perhaps even internationally

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    Cork Film Festival - November

    Celebrating an array of contemporary films plus great varied music, too

Out and About in Cork

Cork Shopping

Shopping in Cork Cork is the perfect shopping destination with a mix of boutiques, markets and fantastic shopping centres.

Eating Out in Cork

Eating Out in Cork Cork has a fine array of cafes and restaurants throughout the city offering a variety of different cuisine.

Cork Nightlife

Cork Nightlife When the night draws in you will discover Cork at night is a busy hub of activity, with plenty to keep you entertained after dark.

Cork Bars

Cork Bars Whether you are looking for a trendy bar, a lively club or a traditional Irish pub you will find something for everyone in Cork.

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