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Cork is located on the southern coast of Ireland on the banks of the River Lee, roughly 220km from the nations capital Dublin. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland with a population of 250,000 in the greater Cork area. Cork is easily accessible by public transport via regular bus and train services as well its own international airport and ferry port.
Cork is a very popular destination for tourists with many nearby attractions, and there are several Cork hostels in town. University College Cork or UCC opened in 1845 is one of the oldest and finest universities in the country. It attracts many visitors as well as over 17,000 students. The Church Tower of Shandon is located on the north side of the city and is widely regarded as the symbol of the city. St. Patricks street is the main street in Cork where you can find many modern shops, cafes, and restaurants. Also, being a large student city Cork has many different bars and nightclubs located in the city centre which are usually busy during student nights and weekends.
Cork is also located in close driving distance to several other tourist attractions such as the Blarney castle and Fota Wildlife Park. These attractions are easily accessible by bus from Parnell Place. Also, there are many picturesque beaches located within reasonable driving distance from Cork city such as Youghal, Inchdoney and Garrettstown. Many of these beaches are perfect for surfing and other water sports (weather permitting). Ask for more information at your hostel's reception desk.
Traditional Gaelic games are very popular in the area and it is possible to watch a game of hurling or gaelic football in Pairc Ui Caoimh (pronounced Park-ee-Kweev), especially in summertime.
There are several Cork hostels in the city which are conveniently located within walking distances from the main train station (Kent Station), main bus station in Parnell Place and/or the city centre area. These hostels offer both private and dorm rooms at an affordable price.
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"A really clean hostel, brightly coloured with a great large kitchen and seating area. Sheila's is a 10-minute walk North of the bus station. The tall smokestack is a good waypoint for finding the way. Although a bit antiquated, the hostel is very clean. The hostel is spread over a few floors so get in early so you do not need to climb to many steps. And be sure to search around for the best bathrooms! The lower level restroom...
Cork International Hostel
"If you are only looking for a bed for the night, then HI - Cork International - Cork City Hostel would be fine. Otherwise, this hostel is lacking atmosphere. As it is a large hostel, many groups stay here and take over all of the common areas, making it difficult to find space to eat or use the internet if you are a solo traveler. The Location Although this hostel looks to be a fair distance out of town, it is an easy, two-kilometer...
Kinlay House Cork
"Kinlay House Cork is like a rabbit warren, a maze, or a labyrinth -- be careful you don't get lost in the halls in this hostel. We didn't have a very nice experience here. The staff (actually, the owner) is incredibly rude and the beds are horrible. On the other hand, there are good things about the hostel, too. There is a very large kitchen with more burners than most restaurants! They have heaps of plates and utensils and plenty of...
Bru Bar & Hostel
"This hostel is centrally located in a nice part of Cork city, one block from the Lee River. It's located near the Summerhill Bridge bus station, on the opposite side of the river. There is one free parking spot in front of the hostel, but when it's not available there are plenty of paid parking places at your disposal. This hostel is extremely clean. Fresh sheets and comforters are included and every room has its own ensuite bathroom....
An Stor Townhouse
"Lovely - Booked thinking I was staying in Cork but it's actually 20 minutes outside of Cork and once I got there found out that they had made a double booking meaning there wasn't a bed for me. The lady was really apologetic about it and sorted me a place to stay for free included with their legendary breakfast -- which I only sampled a bit on my way out and it was really delicious -- it's worth going just for that alone. Middleton is a...
"Very clean, very nice! - Oscars Hostel is one of the best hostels I ever stayed at. Everything was really clean, the facilities were all new and modern, the bathroom en suite is great. The staff was really nice and helpful. After my check in they even carried my suitcase upstairs! When I come back to Cork I will stay in this hostel again. The only thing I was missing were some hooks in the dorm, but that is only a small thing." …...
Aaran House Tourist Hostel
"Aaran House Tourist Hostel is ok -- it's extremely close to the train station. You could throw a stone at the station from the hostel. It is a two-minute walk to the train station and an eight-minute walk to the bus station. A single lady named Tracey runs the hostel. She can arrange a taxi to and from the hostel for a small price. There is a self-catering kitchen on the premises, as well as a dog! There is also a dining room and living...
"… setting come fully furnished and share the following with up to 3 other rooms. Fully equipped Kitchen Dinning Room/Lounge 40 inch Plasma TV Free Wifi Shared Bathroom (50% of the rooms are fully ensuite) Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 11:30 . Reception is...
"… access to the gardens. Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Whatever you have planned, the generous and tasty full traditional breakfast is a great way to start your day. Free on-site parking is available for all guests. Belvedere Lodge is known for the great welcome it offers guests, and our staff are always very happy to help you. Breakfast and taxes are included in room rates....
Gabriel House Guest House
"… section of Cork city and the harbour, it's not surprising that the view from most of the rooms is very impressive. From here you can gaze out over the docks and the spires of Cork's churches and cathedrals, and the vista continues right out over the new South Link Road, into the countryside and beyond the city towards Ringaskiddy. The rooms are spacious and well appointed; all en-suite with a shower and TV . Rate includes a...
Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel
"… rebuilt the house. Sharmon was the nephew of William Heratio Crawford of the famous Cork brewers Beamish & Crawford, trading in the city since 1792, who also gave his name to many of city's institutions including the Crawford Art Gallery and the Crawford College of Art. Following Crawford's reign, Lota Lodge was purchased by the brothers of Charity in 1951 where for 13 years it was used to train their Seminarians. In 1964 the old...
"… tub Elegant triple or king-bed rooms available, which boast either 1 double & 1 single bed or 1 king sized or two single beds. Jacuzzi bathroom. Award winning Gourmet Breakfast is available for just 9 euro per person. Choose from a choice of 30 options including full irish breakfast, pancakes, omelettes and many more. Room Details - Complimentary toiletries “Uisce – Kind to nature, kind to you” - Complimentary fruit in room and...
Kent House B&B
"… ferry port and the airport. Cork City is renowned for it’s top class shopping, excellent pubs, restaurants and theatres. Lonely Planet 2010/11 : Cork City has been named among the top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010'. The guide praises the city saying 'Cork is at the top of its game right now: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed...
"… Barry is a qualified chef and prepares truly delicious breakfasts. With 10 years' experience making guests feel at home, he and Goretti know just how to make your stay a memorable one, providing you with everything you need. You can enjoy plenty of activities in the nearby area, including angling, cycling, walking, horse riding, golf, tennis and sailing, and of course there's plenty of shopping in Cork city. There are also...
Pineforest Bed & Breakfast
"… menu is available with an excellent choice of dishes to set you up for the day. This can be enjoyed in the spacious dining room, overlooking large gardens. On arrival guests can enjoy tea and coffee in large conservatory also overlooking gardens, or weather permitting on the decking outside. Nearby attractions include Cobh Heritage Centre, Cork City Jail, Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Jameson Whiskey...
"… served each morning and is included in the rates. Guests can relax in our lounge after a busy day exploring. On street car parking is available alternatively guests can park in a car park 2mins walk away at the special rate of 7 for a 24hrs period. Clon Ross is within walking distance of Cork city's best shops, bars and restaurants, as well as attractions such as the Shandon Bells, St Finbarres Cathedral and the English Market....
Oaklands Bed & Breakfast
"… park 2mins walk away at the special rate of €7 for a 24hrs period. Cork city centre can be easily reached on foot from Oaklands Bed and Breakfast .Some of the attractions to be enjoyed while staying with us include the Shandon Bells, Blackrock Castle Observatory and Cork City Goal. Experience one of the many festivals that Cork has to offer throughout the year including the Guinness Jazz Festival and International Choral...
Greenfield House B&B
"Greenfield B&B has 30 acres of land at the back of the house which includes the Mallow Loop Walk. You can walk out of the back gate and enjoy a leisurely, scenic walk along the Blackwater River bank, under the Mallow Bridge, past Mallow Castle and finish back at Greenfield Bed and Breakfast. Greenfield House is finished to the highest of standards and all bedrooms are ensuite with exclusive views overlooking Mallow's beautiful and...
"… available locally. During your stay you may wish to take in some of the local amenities including walks in the beautiful Doneraile Park (2 minute drive), racing at Cork Racecourse (5 minute drive), golf at the nearby courses (Doneralie 9 hole & Mallow 18 hole), a swim at Mallow Swimming Pool, a game of tennis at our local tennis courts (2 minute walk - rackets available), angling on the Blackwater, take in a movie at Mallow...
"… a spacious & warm family run guesthouse situated only 3 minutes walk from Kinsale town center in County Cork Ireland. The property is located 20 minutes from Cork city, 3 minutes walk from Kinsale. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated with - - Central heating - TV - Hairdryers - Orthopaedic beds. - Some Ground Floor Bedrooms - Non Smoking Bedrooms - Some bedrooms have sea views - Breakfast available at...
"Elevated Country Home overlooking Bantry Bay. Warm, friendly family atmosphere. We have a guest T.V Lounge and we are in a peaceful location off the N71. Le Routard Recommended. 5 minutes drive to Bantry Town centre. We are a family friendly B&B and it is an ideal touring base for West Cork. La Mirage is famous for its trademarks of hospitality and friendliness. We have an extensive breakfast menu available for all of our guests....
Crawford House B&B
"… well maintained. Providing excellent comfort all the rooms are equipped with orthopaedic beds (including single occupancy). Facilities provided include satellite TV and radio, tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, trouser press and modem points for business travelers. The bathrooms are fitted with power showers and some have Jacuzzi baths. Only a short 10 minutes walk from the Cork City centre...
Lanesville Bed & Breakfast
"… B&B has four guest bedrooms all decorated to a very high standard and furnished throughout with solid pine. All rooms have private bathrooms (with power showers) as well as colour televisions and tea and coffee making facilities. Lanesville B&B Blarney is just 10 minutes from Cork City and offers the ideal touring base for the South and South-West (Cork, Waterford & Kerry) regions, with 8 golf courses within a 25...
"… to Mallow town centre with its many restaurants and Bars. A four minutes walk from the B&B to the railway station with regular service to Dublin, Cork, Cobh, Midleton and the Kerry region. The Bed and Breakfast is an excellent central base for exploring all the major tourist attractions in the Cork/Kerry/Waterford area. The bed and breakfast has six bedrooms all en suite On your arrival at our B&B we provide...
"… luxurious bedrooms, each complete with private shower/toilet, satellite TV, international direct-dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, a personal hair dryer and ironing facilities. Our full buffet breakfast is only an additional €6 per person per night! We're situated just opposite the gates of University College Cork, making us ideal for anyone seeking temporary accommodation while studying at or visiting UCC. This...
"… all flight information for Cork Airport. Eddie Rocket's American Style Diner offers a relaxed, friendly and lively atmosphere that can accommodate groups, couples and the single diner. Individual jukeboxes, authentic dcor of stainless steel and vinyl seating, plus an air of fun makes our diners the perfect eating place. Open from 8.00am serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eddie Rocket's has researched and developed a menu...
"… bus station is approximately 15 minutes and the train station 10 minutes on foot from the hotel. All of the bedrooms offered; single, twin and double guarantee an accommodating welcome with satellite television, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee facilities, central heating and en-suite bathroom. Hairdryers and irons available on request. Before you set out to explore this great city, enjoy the great Ashley Hotel Full Irish Breakfast...
Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre
"… Cork are luxuriously designed and equipped with our guests every comfort in mind: •Tea/coffee making facilities •Satellite TV •Ironing Board •Personalised safe •Direct dial telephone •Spacious writing desk •Hotel room service •Internet access in executive bedrooms •A queen size bed with many offering an extra single bed •Interconnecting and family rooms available on request. Our three new contemporary hotel bedrooms are...
Blarney Golf Resort
"… course. At the end of the day, re-invigorate your weary bones in one of the saunas located in both the ladies and gents locker rooms before retiring for refreshments to the Lions Den Bar. As you look out over the fountain by the 18th Green you can recap on the day's exhilarating round while enjoying a variety of culinary delights, ranging from light lunches to a la carte dining. The Blarney Golf Resort is ideal for Golf...
"… sports, quad biking, Ballymaloe Cookery School, The Jameson Experience and Fota Wildlife Park. Garryvoe Hotel is fast becoming the premier holiday destination in East Cork. Garryvoe has been constantly evolving over the years and is now a hugely popular contemporary 4 star luxury hotel, proud to be Irish, family-owned and independent Ocean views or unspoiled countryside? The choice is yours. All guest bedrooms are larger than...
"… The Bayview has an award-winning chef and offers delicious Irish cuisine including fantastic fresh seafood. The hotel has lovely gardens, which lead to miles of sandy beaches. There are 6 golf courses in the area and sea angling is available nearby. Visit the Jameson Whiskey Centre or take a trip to Fota Island with its arboretum and wildlife park. Guests also have full use of the Leisure and Health Club facilities at the...
Seaview House Hotel
"… Cork, the Seaview is an ideal base from which to tour this wonderful part of Ireland, or to hold a memorable country house wedding or other notable event Sleep comes easily in our beautiful and luxurious guest bedrooms which exude tasteful elegance and homely comfort. Each of the generously large and spacious 25 rooms including family rooms and mini suites are individually furnished with fine antiques and charming country house...
"… charming McCarthy's Bar is a traditional Irish pub where lively music sessions are held regularly. This welcoming bar is the sort of place where you can easily mingle with locals and visitors as stories and local wit fill the topics of conversation. Choose from an extended bar menu which is served throughout the day sourced from food suppliers within the region The luxury accommodation at this award winning Glengarriff hotel,...
Casey's Of Baltimore Hotel
"… in West Cork can also enjoy a range of breakfast options, including the full Irish. Baltimore Townhouse Accomodation in West Cork, Southern Ireland Our Baltimore Townhouse in West Cork is a new concept in hospitality & luxury, consisting of four elegant and spacious suites. Each suite consists of a beautifully appointed bedroom with King-sized Bed, Sitting Room and Bathroom. Ample private parking and Terraced...
Cork Travel Tips & Suggestions
In August of 2008, I spent well over five thousand American dollars, including flight and B&B places in just two weeks. I also took a train from Cobh to Dublin, expensive but it was worth it. I did not bring enough cash for the conversion from dollars to Euros and then to sterlings for England. Your minimum should be six thousand, in my humble view -- limit your visits to restaurants and consider Sentra markets and stick to hostels. As for places to visit, anywhere you visit will be a good choice. I had a nice time in Blarney, Cobh, Dublin's Grafton Street, and Trinity College. Avoid cab rides, as they can be costly. Cork City is great but avoid ordering anything from a restaurant that is not a local flavor. If you visit Cobh, see the White Star line historical landmarks/cemetery (Lusitania) and grab a great homemade pie at the Cobh Bakery, great deal.
Cork is an amazing city! It's small like a town but so interesting that you need a month to see everything. The broad streets in Shandon are charming, the houses of different colours are lovely, and there are lots of pubs where you can have fun with the Irish people. Cork City Jail (Gaol) is a recommended place to visit too. No doubt, Cork is my favourite city in Ireland.
This is a great city -- small, so it is easy to explore on foot. I rang the Shandon Bells (nice thing to do -- hear your tune played out over the city!). The English Market is cool to wander in and buy lunch -- I ate it in the Peace Park across the way. I like the cafe in the Crawford Art Gallery too, but my best cup of coffee was in Cork Coffee Roasters on Bridge Street. It's excellent if made by the owners. The Bank of the Lee walk by the river takes you to the park or the university (the Glucksman Gallery there is cool). You have to bounce on the Shakey Bridge near the Park too!
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