Information Cork Ireland

Welcome To Cork!

Known as the 'Rebel County', is located at the South West corner of Ireland.

Cork is the country's largest county, Capital of the South, but considered by Southerners to be the Real Capital.

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Cork is the second largest city of Ireland in terms of land area. Situated in the south West Coast, it is home to over 120,000 people. Tourists will find a lot of things to do and places to visit while in the city with a variety of accommodation options that will fit their requirements.

In Cork, visitors have a multitude of options when looking for a place to stay. There are several highly rated hotels around the city as well as guesthouses and historical manors. Those on a budget can find many hostels and bed and breakfast establishments as well.

Expect to have a gastronomical treat with the presence of myriad of restaurants, chief of which is the well-known Ballymaloe House. You can head over to the English Market to discover local treats. During October, the city harbor hosts the Kinsale Gourmet Festival, which attracts people from all over the world.

While in Cork, you will never run out of activities. Music lovers can find clubs that play a wide selection of genres including traditional Irish music. Those who fancy a good play can visit the Cork Arts Theatre or the Cork Opera House.

If you would like to know more about the town, you can check out the Cork City Gaol Museum and Cobh Heritage Centre. There are also horseracing and greyhound racing facilities in the city.

The Blackrock Castle Observatory gives guests an unprecedented look at the stars. Another good place to visit is St. Finbarre’s Cathedral that features a classic architecture.

Tourists can also enjoy a quiet stroll along Fitzgerald Park and then pass by the Elizabeth Fort. Galleries you can visit include Crawford Art Gallery and the Glucksman Gallery. Depending on the time you visit, one can also join the Cork Midsummer Festival and the East Cork Early Music Festival, which promotes music composed prior to 1750.

General information Cork

County Cork (Contae Chorcaí in Irish) rests on Ireland’s South West Coast. It is the southernmost of the Irish counties and is nicknamed "The Rebel County", as a result of the support of the townsmen of Cork in 1491 for Perkin Warbeck, a pretender to the throne of England during the Wars of the Roses. In more recent times, the name has referred to the prominent role Cork played in the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921), thanks to important figures like Michael Collins. It was also an anti-treaty stronghold during the Irish Civil War (1922–23). Cork’s native’s have a charming exuberance all their own and often refer to the county as “The People’s Republic Of Cork”.

Attractions include the Blarney Stone and Cobh, the port from which many Irish emigrants set sail for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States and also the last stop of the Titanic, before departing on its ill fated journey.

Cork is well served by national roads and Shannon International Airport.

Accommodation in Cork

Cork provides you with plenty of accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Cork.

Hotels in Cork

Hotels in Cork reflect the county’s own diversity. Historic, modern, coastal and country hotels are all available. Cork’s list of hotels includes Hotel Isaacs in Cork City, the White House in Kinsale and the Commodore hotel in Cobh.

Bed & Breakfast in Cork

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Cork provides you with a comfortable and affordable stay along with deliciously cooked breakfast without breaking the bank. B&B in Cork includes names such as Achill House in Cork City and the White House in Blarney.

Cork Restaurants

Cork restaurants serve meals in a variety of settings and styles. Popular restaurants in Cork include The Bulman in Kinsale and Ballymaloe House in Shangarry.

Shopping in Cork

Cork provides a range of shopping experiences. From the markets of Cork’s coastal towns to the major stores of Cork City in areas such as the Mahon Point Shopping Centre.

Cork Car Rental

Car rentals in Cork facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. Rental options range from international brands like Avis and Argus to less known brands like Thrifty Car Rental at Shannon Airport.

Cork Golf

Cork has many golf courses including Little Island and Fota Island in Cork City and the famous Old Head in Kinsale.

Attractions Cork Ireland

Argideen Heritage - Clonakilty

Located on a 135 acre Dairy Farm, which is located just off of the R600 between Clonakilty and Timoleague in South West Cork. The Arigideen River Valley is unique as well as being beautiful in that it has a very high concentration of Historical sites and is a great source of folklore. The Valley has connections with Michael Collins, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, Donal Cam O' Sullivan Bere and William Penn to mention just a few

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills - Ballincollig

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Heritage Centre is a unique industrial complex which meanders along the bank of the River Lee. The Mills were established in 1794 by Charles Henry Leslie. Eleven years later when Napoleon's control of France posed a grave threat to the British, the British Board of Ordnance bought the Mills from Leslie. Along with this the Army Barracks was built in the town to protect the supply of gunpowder. By the mid 1800s the Mills were one of the largest industrial establishments in the Cork area.

Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The present castle is a fine example of a 15th century tower house with 16th century additions and alterations. The bawn wall with three corner towers is largely intact. The ground floor of the keep houses an exhibition on the history of the Barrys and Barryscourt Castle.

Blarney Castle - Home of the Blarney Stone - Blarney

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. It was built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous "Blarney Stone". According to local legend, after kissing this stone, you will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or "the gift of the gab". To kiss the stone, you must first lie on your back, then leaning your head backwards and downwards, you kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.

Blarney Woolen Mills - Blarney

The presence of the Woolen Mills during the Famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labour force of 222. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.

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