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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...
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...
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....
AnStor Hostel / Budget B&B
"The hostel was originally built as a wool store. In 1995, Frank and Maria Murphy refurbished the building, retaining the stone façade and creating the atmosphere of a townhouse. The business grew with tourism in East Cork and 2003 saw the opening of an extension which includes a modern kitchen and dining room which caters for groups. We offer quality hostel and budget B&B accommodation.All our rooms have ensuite facilities. we welcome...
"Victoria Lodge is an outstanding development comprising 3, 4 & 5 bedroom ensuite apartments, stylishly designed & featuring all modern conveniences. There are no dorm rooms here, only stylish apartments with single or double beds.Each apartment contains a fully fitted kitchen with microwave and all cooking utensils. Nearby Maryke Arena includes 25m swimming pool, climbing wall and gym. Ideally located near Cork University, these...
College View Apartments
"College View Apartments is a new luxurious apartment complex furnished to a superior standard and situated directly opposite University College Cork. The one and two bedroom self-catering accommodation are withinn walking distance of many tourist attractions, fine restaurants and lively nightlife venues.Whether it is a city break or a business trip for a single night or a longer term basis you will feel at home here." … "… a...
"Rose Lodge bed and breakfast guesthouse offers quiet and nice stay just 5 min walking distance from Cork city center. Private rooms only, all rooms ensuite." … "Rose Lodge is a superbly appointed guesthouse with its own car park, just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Cork City, the southern capital of Ireland. Situated opposite the gates of University College Cork, Rose Lodge is ideal for...
"Welcome to Danabel Bed & Breakfast, a spacious & warm family run B&B 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...
"… could be teeing off from a wind-blown hill, pitching in a wooded valley, and putting for a birdie perched on a cliff edge with the Atlantic far below. With almost 20 wonderful courses within 25km, Belvedere Lodge is the ideal base for your golfing trip to Cork. Fishing. Ireland is renowned for its fishing, and Cork itself on the wonderful South Coast of Ireland, one of the deepest natural harbors in Europe. The county's...
Killarney Guest House
"… in Ireland after Dublin and is excellently situated for exploring Blarney, Killarney or kinsale The facilities at Killarney Guest House ensure a stay with us that is as comfortable as possible. All the bedrooms are en-suite with satellite TV, direct dial phones an tea/coffee making facilities. There is a drive-through at the front of the House allowing for easy arrivals and departures, whilst the main car-park is at the rear of...
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
"Located just a short drive from the city centre, the Vienna Woods is the perfect retreat. Set in a quiet location, amongst 20 acres of private grounds, this converted country house offers a relaxing, comfortable stay. All rooms are medium in size and the hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment. Crawford's is open throughout the day and is ideal for lunches, evening meals, bar food, or just a quiet drink. Located in Glanmire, on the N8 and...
Windsor Inn Cork
"… our rates include our outstanding breakfast offerings, including our own fresh baked scones. We serve breakfast daily and also cater for vegetarians, with a substantial meat-free alternative to the traditional breakfast. On weekends, breakfast is served until 11:00 and until 10:00 during the week. An extra early breakfast is available on request. We also have free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and a PC in our reception for your...
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...
"… to explore south-west Ireland. Whether you are an old friend or new, a warm welcome and tranquil surroundings await you here. On offer are a wide variety of individually styled rooms, from standard room options for 1 or 2 over family quarters to our superior pillow-top king-size-bed rooms & optional jacuzzi bath. All are richly decorated and characteristic of the personal attention with fresh flowers. Along with our B&B...
Lanesville Bed & Breakfast
"… your stay.Our 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...
Blarney Stone Guesthouse
"… decorated and provides all modern comforts; satellite TV, internet access, hairdryers, tea/coffee-making facilities and complimentary toiletries are all at your disposal.Breakfast is always freshly prepared and consists of numerous options, including the traditional Irish breakfast, so everyone is sure to find something they like. We also cater for guest with special dietary needs. The Blarney Stone Guesthouse is perfectly located...
Kent House B&B
"… 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 charm and quick-fire wit.' Rough Guide to Ireland 2012 : "Kent House one...
"… facilities and parking. 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....
Pineforest Bed & Breakfast
"… are accommodated in ground floor, comfortable guest rooms. A 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...
"… A hearty breakfast is 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 Finbarre's Cathedral and...
Oaklands Bed & Breakfast
"… guests can park in a car 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...
"Victorian terraced home (1880’s) in quiet cul-de-sac. Bus/train stations and City Centre 1km." … 7 Ferncliff, Bellevue Park, Military Road, St Lukes, Cork City
"… which blends together to create a warm yet chic reception room. The guest bedrooms (all downstairs) all en-suite are bright and spacious, are charmingly decorated. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed on semi-orthopaedic beds, followed by a good power shower to start your day refreshed. All rooms have TV. and tea and coffee making facilities. For guest use then there is an inviting south facing sun lounge which provides a comfortable...
"… five minute walk 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 suiteOn your arrival at our B&B we provide...
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...
"… centre of Mallow which is renowned for its restaurants, pubs and shopping. All our rooms are ensuite and are equipped with televisions. Ironing facilities and hairdryers are also available upon request. On arrival you will receive a key for your room and the front door allowing you to come and go as you please. Our B&B is in an excellent location close to Mallow Town, we are located in a quiet cul de sac overlooking the...
"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....
"Peaceful accommodation boasting breathtaking views of Owenabue Valley. Breeding and training top class show jumping and event horses. 300 metres off R613. Near Ballinhassig village. 1km off N71. Close to Cork airport. Early breakfast on request." … "Situated 1 km west Ballinhassig Village. 300 metres off the R613 , which is 1 km off the N71. Well signposted as 'Ardfield'." … Goggins Hill, Ballinhassig
"Modern bungalow on rural setting, 5km from Cork City. 5 mins by car to Airport. Near Ferryport. Family run. Off street parking, internet access, evening meals available, TV all rooms." … Airport Cross, Airport Road
Ashcroft Bed & Breakfast
"Just Park your car and walk to Blarney town centre. Ashcroft Irish home B&B Blarney has recently been appointed as a 4 star Irish home B&B by Failte Ireland. A warm welcome to you from Anne and Christopher at Ashcroft Bed and Breakfast.Our B&B is a 10 minute walk from Blarney Castle and Blarney Shops Pubs and Restaurants. Our aim is to provide you with a homely stay with us.Blarney is the perfect location for Touring Southern...
Hostel Cork City
"… pm to 8.30am each day and all day on Sunday. From 8.30am to 6.30pm pm Monday to Saturday Cork City Council charge 2 Euro for 2 hours. Parking tickets are available at our reception and can be placed on your car the evening before to allow you sleep on later in the morning.The regions main Tourist Office, Bishop Lucy Park, Beamish and Crawford Brewery and the English Market are less than 200 meters away. Saint Finbarrs Cathedral,...
Aras Tara Bed & Breakfast
"… Wi-Fi access. Enjoy the open fire in our front lounge after a busy day exploring.Located in Cork's quiet suburb of Blackrock, Aras Tara Bed and Breakfast is only 3km from Cork city centre with the bus stopping outside our door. Hop on and you could discover Cork's many tourist attractions, theatres, cultural walks, shops, or just immerse yourself in the buzz of the city. Blackrock Castle observatory is a short stroll away. Check-in...
Number Forty Eight
"Old Victorian Town House on Cork / Dublin Road (N8). Adjacent to Railway Station. Walking distance to City Centre/Bus Station." … "Adjacent to Cork Railway StationBus Routes: 5" … 48 Lower Glanmire Road
"Byrnesgrove is a family friendly farmhouse set in the heart of the Ballyragget/Castlecomer countryside, With large ensuite Bedrooms and excellent variety of local fresh produce for breakfast. Byrnesgrove is an excellent B&B for touring the Southeast and you are sure of a warm welcome from the Kenny family and their many animals on their farm." … Ballyragget
"… 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...
"… 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 served from...
Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre
"… Castle Hotel Macroom 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...
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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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