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Introduction

Cork is the second largest city in Ireland (after Dublin of course) and is located in county Cork in the southwestern coastal area of the country. It has about 125,000 people living in the city proper but around 400,000 in the greater metropolitan area.

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Sights and Activities

  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • St. Finbarr's Cathedral
  • Cork City Hall
  • Cork Opera House

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Events and Festivals

  • Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is Ireland's famous national holiday, celebrating one of Ireland's patron saints, Saint Patrick.

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Weather

Like much of Ireland, you don't come to Cork for the brilliant weather. Still, it's not as bad as you might think. Average daytime temperatures in summer (June - August) are around 19 degrees Celsius and nights are just above 10 degrees. Winters (December to February) are around 8 degrees during the day and still above zero at night. Absolute records are 28.7 en -8.6 degrees Celsius. Precipitation is possible in all months, though the spring and summer months are somewhat drier compared to autumn and winter.

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Getting There

By Plane

Cork Airport (ORK) has quite a few flights with Aer Lingus to European cities, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Rome, London and Lisbon. Aer Arann has flights to several destinations in the UK and several smaller airlines serve a few destinations throughout the UK and Ireland as well, including Manchester, Birmingham and Dublin. Wizzair flies to Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Katowice in Poland.
During the summermonths, charter airlines fly to more destiantions in southern Europe.

By Train

Trains go to Dublin, Killarney, Tralee and a number of other destinations. It's usually not much faster than buses though.

By Bus

Bus Eireann offers regular bus services throughout the country, including buses to Dublin, Killarney, Waterford, Kilkenny, Galway and Limerick. Buses usually go multiple times a day, almost hourly within the region.
Eurolines has buses from Cork via Bristol to London.

By Boat

Brittany Ferries has regular ferries between Cork and Roscoff in France.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

City routes are numbered 1 to 19 and connect the city centre to the suburbs, colleges, shopping centres and places of interest.
the Cork Suburban Rail System provides connections to parts of Metropolitan Cork, including Little Island, Mallow, Midleton, Fota, and Cobh.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aaran House Tourist Hostel4 Woburn Lower Glanmire RoadHostel87
Ashcroft Bed & BreakfastStation Road, Blarney Co. Cork.Guesthouse-
Ashley HotelCoburg Streethotel86
Bellavista Self Catering ApartmentsBishop's Road. Spy Hillapartment91
Belvedere LodgeLower Glanmire Road TivoliGuesthouse88
Blarney Golf ResortTower BlarneyHotel-
Bru Bar & Hostel57 MacCurtain Street Cork CityHostel82
College View ApartmentsWestern RoadApartment-
Cork International Youth Hostel (An Oige)1 Red Cliff West End RadHostel81
Davmar B&BBlarneyGuesthouse-
Gabriel House Guest HouseSummerhill NorthGuesthouse86
Garnish HouseWestern Road CorkGuesthouse87
Harleys Guest House & West View Apartments24. Harbour Row.guesthouse-
Killarney Guest HouseWestern Road Cork CityGuesthouse-
Kinlay House CorkBob and Joan's Walk ShandonHostel80
Lanesville Bed and BreakfastLanesville, Killard, Blarney, Co. Cork.Guesthouse86
Rose LodgeMardyke Walk, CorkGuesthouse86
Russagh Mill HostelCastletownsend Road Skibbereen West Corkhostel-
Sheilas Hostel4 Belgrave Place Wellington RoadHostel81
Travelodge CorkBlack Ash Kinsale Road Roundabout Frankfield RoadHotel84
Victoria LodgeUCC Campus Accommodation Head Office, Victoria Lodge, Victoria Cross,Apartment-
Windsor Inn cork54-55 MacCurtain Street Cork CityGuesthouse-
Acorn House14 St. Patrick`s Hill CorkGuesthouse-
Hostel Cork CityMeade Street Sullivan's QuayHOSTEL-
Deans HallCrosses Green Proby’s QuayApartment-
Blarney Stone GuesthouseWestern Road Cork CityGUESTHOUSE-
Kent House B&B47 Lower Glanmire Road Cork CityGUESTHOUSE86
Mariaville HouseMariaville House Coolgarten ParkGUESTHOUSE-
Crawford House B&BCrawford House B&B Western Road, CorkGUESTHOUSE85
Pineforest Bed & BreakfastElmcourt, Blarney Co. Cork, IrelandGUESTHOUSE-
Oaklands Bed and Breakfast51 Lower Glanmire RdGuesthouse84
Clon Ross85 Lower Glanmire RdGuesthouse86
Aras Tara Bed and BreakfastCastle Road Blackrock, Cork CityGUESTHOUSE-
Byrnesgrove FarmhouseBallyraggetGUESTHOUSE-
ArdfieldGoggins Hill,,BallinhassigGUESTHOUSE-
Higgin's B&B7 Ferncliff,Bellevue Park, Military Road,St Lukes Cork CityGUESTHOUSE-
White LodgeAirport Cross,Airport Road,CorkGUESTHOUSE-
Number Forty Eight48 Lr. Glanmire Rd,,CorkGUESTHOUSE-
Annabella LodgeAnnabella MallowGUESTHOUSE-
Greenfield House B&BKillarney Road (N72),,Mallow MallowGUESTHOUSE-
Rivervale LodgeBearforest, MallowGUESTHOUSE-
Chestnut LodgeShannonpark CarrigalineGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Public WiFi services are available in many cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. They are also available on most Irish long-distance Intercity trains, some commuter trains and buses. Internet cafes are available in major urban areas, but are not as common as they once were, due to the growth of 3G data services and public WiFi. However, you will still find them in areas popular with tourists.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

There are currently four main mobile phone operators dominating the Irish market:

  • Vodafone (prefix 087 - GSM900/1800 - 3G 2100)
  • O2 (prefix 086 - GSM900/1800 - 3G 2100)
  • Meteor (prefix 085 - GSM900/1800)
  • Three (prefix 083 - GSM900/1800 - 3G 2100)

Most European phones and operators will allow you to roam on Irish networks, however you should ensure before arrival that your phone can operate on the GSM900/1800 network and that your service provider has set you up to allow roaming. This is especially true for visitors from outside the Eurozone. You can also buy a cheap prepay SIM card if you have an unlocked handset. This can be considerably cheaper as it means that you will be assigned an Irish number which you can be called at during your trip and your outgoing calls are charged at normal Irish mobile rates.
Pay phones are fairly widely available (but becoming less so) and most take euro coins, prepaid calling cards and major credit cards.
The police service (An Garda Síochána) and fire services can be contacted by dialling 999 or 112 on any phone or mobile phone throughout the country.

Post

An Post is the national postal service provider. They're generally open Monday to Friday, between 9:00am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm, and smaller post offices would also impose lunch-time closure. Half-day service is available on Saturday, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The General Post Office (GPO) on O'Connell Street in Dublin is the main post office in Dublin, and it is open Monday to Saturday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The post offices are closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday. If you want to use private courier services for sending packages you can also use companies like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 51.8978655
  • Longitude: -8.4710941

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  • cpjhenn

    I've lived a fairly large proportion of my life in Cork, and also work occasionally as a Tour-Guide here, so any questions, just ask!

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