This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cork.
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.
Written by local enthusiast for Cork hostelsShannon Neuber