Welcome to the real capital of culture!
Whether you’re a new resident, here to study or work, or if you’re just visiting, Ireland’s second city has something that few other place have. Voted in 2011 in Lonely Planet as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit, Cork City has a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant social scene, an ideal place for all world travellers, young and old.
After the stunning colonial architecture which is a feature of all of Cork’s main streets, the first thing that entices people to come here is the warm and friendly reception they receive from Corkonians. And no this doesn’t just mean in one of Cork’s many beautiful and quaint pubs after a few too many Murphy’s. In every aspect of our daily lives, Cork people are renowned for their hospitality and kindness to strangers.
Your first stop should be our Washington Street or our Bridge Street Tourist office, where our multilingual team will be happy to assist you with whatever you need. Here you can get all the information you need about what to see, where to eat and where to stay.
For budget accommodation check out the famous Kinlay House hostel near the famous Shandon Bells Church. After you’ve checked in go and ring the bells in the church and take in the view of our beautiful medieval city. If you feel like something a bit more upmarket, then pop in to the four star Maldron Hotel, just across the road from Kinlay House.
During the day we recommend you visit as many of our city’s world famous sites as you can, such as the English Market, Saint Finbarre’s Cathedral, the University, the old City Gaol, the Crawford Art Gallery, and once you’ve walked the length and breadth of the city, take your ease in Fitzgerald’s Park and watch the world go by.
At night we highly recommend that you pop in to the Bodega on Cornmarket Street for some traditional Irish food and a relaxed atmosphere. From there, move down to the Crane Lane Theatre on Oliver Plunkett Street and dance the night away.
If you’d like to escape the city and see what County Cork’s countryside has to offer, hop on the Day Tour to Blarney and Cobh. Kiss the Blarney Stone, rumoured to give the gift of the gab, and then stroll around the extensive gardens of the castle. Afterwards we’ll whisk you away to Cobh, the last port of call for the infamous liner the Titanic before she sank. Of course we also offer trips a bit further afield to the Cliffs of Moher, the Rng of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula if, for some strange reason, you want to leave the confines of Cork.
For all queries just pop in to our Washington Street and Bridge Street Tourist offices to arrange a Day Tour or take part in our free walking tour.