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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 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...
"Oscars Hostel is cork cities newest and trendiest budget accommodation provider. Following extensive renovations over the last 6 months oscars now offers contemporary styled rooms and common areas. Oscars is based opposite corks kent train station and a mere 5 mins walk from the cities bus station. You will experience great comfort at our new hostel, a homely feel and receive only the friendliest service that cork offers its visitors. Oscars...
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...
Hostel Cork City
"… 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, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork...
"… rooms are in an apartment 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...
"… 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...
"Belvedere Lodge is an enchanting Victorian house set in its own grounds. This luxurious B&B has a private walled garden with gazebo, ponds and cascades. Our spacious luxurious rooms and our quality service have been designed to ensure that you enjoy your stay in Cork. The location of our Guesthouse provides easy access to Cork Airport, the Ferry Port, a variety of Golf courses, and Blarney Castle.Use Belvedere Lodge as your base for...
"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....
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...
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...
"… 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
"… 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 charm and...
"… 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
"… 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 Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen...
"… 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 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
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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...
"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...
"… 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...
"… a choice of 15 golf courses. The central 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...
Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre
"… 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 extremely stylish...
Blarney Golf Resort
"… where better to unwind and relax than in the therapeutic environs of the Resorts Spa & Health Club. Here you can ease out those tired muscles with a wide range of classical therapies, which include the steam and sauna rooms, massage, hot stone and body wraps. Or if you prefer, you can indulge yourself in one of the many beauty treatments on offer ranging from Jessica/ Jessana manicures and pedicures to full facials and St....
Seaview House Hotel
"… 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 touches. Some rooms come with sea views across the bay, others overlook the lovely landscaped tropical gardens and some are also located on the ground floor to facilitate wheelchair access. You won't find such luxury elsewhere among hotels in Bantry, or indeed among West...
"… 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...
"… 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,...
"… 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...
Casey's Of Baltimore Hotel
"… the crisp white linen and pine furniture. As one of the top end hotels in West Cork, all of our rooms have the conveniences and comforts that are associated with quality accommodation and should our guests require additional facilities we will happily try and accommodate their request. Guests that are staying with us at Casey’s of Baltimore hotel in West Cork can also enjoy a range of breakfast options, including the full Irish....
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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