Things to see and do - Cork
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Cork Travel guide
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Third city of Ireland after Dublin and Belfast, Cork is an important trading centre, county town of County Cork and also a university town. The northern suburbs, including the solely residential Montenotte district, are located up above the flat city centre, which is built on drained marshland. The River Lee flows through the city, extending into a network of channels on its way. Its estuary forms the largest natural harbour in Europe.
Tourist attractions Cork : Things to see and do
IRL - Blarney
At the castle's heart is its huge keep, a fine example of a fortified dwelling. The main draw is the Blarney Stone just below the parapet at the top of the building, which reputedly gives the gift of the gab to those who kiss it. Easier said than don..
Summer Cove IRL - Kinsale
This fort was built in the 17C during a campaign to fortify the bay. Its star-shaped layout is reminiscent of Vauban's citadels. The fort has two enormous bastions facing the sea and forms a circle around a real town. It remained occupied by the Engl..
Church St. IRL - Youghal
The first church on this site, a wooden construction, may well have been built by the disciples of Saint Declan of Ardmore in c 400. The current building, from the early 13C, was considered «one of Ireland's most impressive churches» by Claud Cockbur..
Lapps Quay IRL - Cork .
Facing Cork City Hall, the Clarion Hotel Cork overlooks the River Lee. It offers beautifully designed air-conditioned rooms, a health and spa centre with pool, and 2 fine restaurants. Decorated in light modern colours, many rooms have floor-to-ceili..
Mac Curtain St IRL - Cork .
In the heart of Cork City Centre, the hotel is just a short stroll from the city’s business district and many excellent shops, boutiques, theatres and galleries. Guests have free access to the on-site Leeside Leisure Centre which boasts an indoor po..
48 Mac Curtain Street IRL - Cork .
The boutique Hotel Isaacs Cork is just a 5-minute walk from the city centre, including the English Market and Shandon Steeple. It offers spacious rooms, the Greene's Restaurant and a courtyard with a floodlit waterfall. Kent Railway Station and Cork..
23 Oliver Plunket St IRL - Corcaigh
Personally run restaurant with a cosy, intimate feel; hidden away in the centre of town. Seasonal, Irish-inspired menu: honest regional cooking uses quality local ingredients and has clear, defined flavours. Friendly, helpful service.
Ring IRL - Clonakilty
An appealing pub in a picturesque hamlet, offering lovely views out across the bay. Its gloriously dated maritime interior is decorated with framed fish prints and boat propellers. Menus are dictated by the seasons and the latest catch from the local..
English Market (1st floor), Princes St IRL - Cork
Popular, long-standing eatery above a bustling 200 year old market; turn right for self-service or left for the bistro. Daily menus use produce from the stalls below and are supplemented by the latest catch. Dishes are hearty and homemade.
5 Sheares St IRL - Corcaigh
Modest little bistro with whitewashed brick walls, closely set tables and a loyal following. Simple, flavoursome cooking offers light lunches and more substantial dishes at dinner; pop in for morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Pier Rd IRL - Cionn tSáile
Friendly, informal restaurant that's a local institution: dine at the bar and watch the kitchen shuck oysters; in the main room amongst 'fishy' memorabilia; or alfresco on the lovely terrace. Concise, all-day menus offer well-prepared seafood dishes ..
17 Cook St IRL - Corcaigh
Well-run restaurant with a spacious, high-ceilinged dining room that was formerly a Turkish bath. The experienced chef produces accomplished, detailed dishes with a classical French base and original touches.
16 Lancaster Quay, Western Rd IRL - Corcaigh
Stylish little restaurant with a grey and green colour scheme, friendly service and intimate atmosphere. Extensive choice of interesting, original, vegetarian dishes which feature plenty of different flavours and textures. Spacious, modern bedrooms c..
Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay IRL - Cork
Set within the Clarion hotel and, surprisingly, Cork's only seafood restaurant! Modern room with a fish tank and central booths. Creative dishes use a classical base and add unusual modern twists. Presentation is bold and service, smooth.