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Best of Cork Guide

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Cork
You can expect to cross many bridges when in Cork. Ireland's third- largest city began life as an island and now spans both banks of the River Lee, with watery channels running beneath some of its main thoroughfares. The best way to experience this hilly southern seaport is on foot, following the signposted walking tour past St Finn Barre's Cathedral and the riverside quadrangle of University College up the hill to red and white Shandon Church. Along the way, you'll meet plenty of the city's talkative residents.

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Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in... more Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010').The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it's a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you'll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland's Wildest Attraction. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Other Zoos & Aquariums; Zoos
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Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Lovely walk suitable for all ages. (Children must be accompanied and not suitable for buggies)
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
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University College Cork (UCC)
University College Cork (UCC)
Owner description: University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with a student experience second to none in Ireland. A learning... more Owner description: University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with a student experience second to none in Ireland. A learning community where the student is at the heart of everything and the special relationship between student and lecturer is primary to our unique ethos. The campus is located a mere ten minutes walk from the heart of Cork city, a former European Capital of Culture. Cork is listed as a top ten location in the Lonely Planet guide which states it “has always had an unshakeable self-confidence and innate sense of pride”, a description which is equally applicable to the University itself less
Attraction type: Educational sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Camden Fort Meagher
Camden Fort Meagher
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Spike Island
Spike Island
Attraction type: Islands
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Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse
Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse
Ranked #1 of 586 Restaurants in Cork
Cuisines: Irish, European, Brew Pub, Barbecue, Grill
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Orso
Orso
Ranked #2 of 586 Restaurants in Cork
Price:
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian, Tunisian, Gluten Free
Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
The Fish Wife
The Fish Wife
Ranked #3 of 586 Restaurants in Cork
Price: USD 4 - USD 13
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, British, Fast food
Good for: Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout
Cafe Paradiso
Cafe Paradiso
Ranked #4 of 586 Restaurants in Cork
Price: USD 32 - USD 44
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
The Workshop Cork
The Workshop Cork
Ranked #5 of 586 Restaurants in Cork
Cuisines: Irish, Cafe, British, Vegetarian, Soups, Gluten Free, European
Good for: Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Fernroyd House B&B
Fernroyd House B&B
USD 39 - USD 55 (EUR 35 - EUR 50)
Ranked #1 of 60 Cork B&B and Inns
Glencairn Bed and Breakfast
Glencairn Bed and Breakfast
USD 28 - USD 44 (EUR 25 - EUR 40)
Ranked #4 of 60 Cork B&B and Inns
Commons Inn
3.0 of 5
Commons Inn
USD 62 - USD 142
Ranked #19 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Cork International Hotel
4.0 of 5
Cork International Hotel
USD 102 - USD 173
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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Garnish House
3.0 of 5
Garnish House
USD 78 - USD 162
Ranked #3 of 60 Cork B&B and Inns
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Lancaster Lodge
4.0 of 5
Lancaster Lodge
USD 115 - USD 162
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Hayfield Manor Hotel
5.0 of 5
Hayfield Manor Hotel
USD 242 - USD 372 (EUR 218 - EUR 336)
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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The River Lee
4.0 of 5
The River Lee
USD 147 - USD 294
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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The Kingsley
4.0 of 5
The Kingsley
USD 129 - USD 261 (EUR 116 - EUR 236)
Ranked #4 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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