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!
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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