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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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Spike Island
Spike Island
Owner description: Spike Island has over 1300 years of Irish history with the Island being used as an Island Monastery, Fortress, Prison and Island home. Today the island can be reached by Ferry... more Owner description: Spike Island has over 1300 years of Irish history with the Island being used as an Island Monastery, Fortress, Prison and Island home. Today the island can be reached by Ferry from heritage town Cobh, where Irelands best storytellers take visitors on a fully guided tour of the outer island and Fortress. Attractions include the 1850's prison cells from a time when Spike Island was the largest prison in the world, with over 2300 inmates. There are the 1980's prison cells, Ireland's largest artillery gun park and several penal, military and social history museums. With activities for children and families and guided and self guided tours, Spike Island has something for everyone. Groups welcome, audioguides in French, German and English, and tours available specific to the UK, German, Australian, U.S and French visitors by pre-booking. less
Attraction type: Islands
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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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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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Fitzgerald Park
Fitzgerald Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse
Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse
Ranked #1 of 636 Restaurants in Cork
Cuisines: Irish, Barbecue, European, Brew Pub, Grill
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cafe Paradiso
Cafe Paradiso
Ranked #2 of 636 Restaurants in Cork
Price: USD 32 - USD 45
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Market Lane
Market Lane
Ranked #3 of 636 Restaurants in Cork
Price: USD 13 - USD 31
Cuisines: Irish, European
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Orso
Orso
Ranked #4 of 636 Restaurants in Cork
Price:
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Tunisian
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Gallaghers Gastro Pub
Gallaghers Gastro Pub
Ranked #5 of 636 Restaurants in Cork
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Fernroyd House B&B
Fernroyd House B&B
USD 39 - USD 56 (EUR 35 - EUR 50)
Ranked #1 of 58 Cork B&B and Inns
Glencairn Bed and Breakfast
Glencairn Bed and Breakfast
USD 28 - USD 45 (EUR 25 - EUR 40)
Ranked #6 of 58 Cork B&B and Inns
Anam Cara B&B
Anam Cara B&B
USD 56 - USD 90 (EUR 50 - EUR 80)
Ranked #17 of 58 Cork B&B and Inns

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Cork International Hotel
4.0 of 5
Cork International Hotel
USD 94 - USD 149
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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Cork Airport Hotel
4.0 of 5
Cork Airport Hotel
USD 77 - USD 139 (EUR 69 - EUR 124)
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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Garnish House
3.0 of 5
Garnish House
USD 88 - USD 153
Ranked #3 of 58 Cork B&B and Inns
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Hayfield Manor Hotel
5.0 of 5
Hayfield Manor Hotel
USD 250 - USD 388 (EUR 223 - EUR 346)
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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The River Lee
4.0 of 5
The River Lee
USD 146 - USD 286
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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The Montenotte Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Montenotte Hotel
USD 122 - USD 269 (EUR 109 - EUR 240)
Ranked #4 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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