Car Hire Cork - Airport, Ireland
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First time visiting Cork? We want you to make the most from your rental car Cork experience. For that reason, we've enlisted the assistance of a local travel expert to help get you on your way. Follow these important travel tips and enjoy the finest that Cork is offering.
See: The Queen made it her number one stop in Cork so you’ve just got to visit the English Market, an institution in the city since 1788. Nearby, you’ll see the spires of historic St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.
St Anne’s Church in Shandon is another landmark. Visit and don’t forget to ring the bells. Be sure also to check the four clocks on the tower, better known here as the four liars (since they don’t always agree). Cork was once the butter capital of the world and the Butter Museum is in the shadow of Shandon.
Staying north of the river, why not pay a call to the storied cells of the City Gaol. The Glucksman is a lovely new art gallery in the leafy grounds of the university while the well established Crawford Gallery is easily accessible in the city centre, next door to the Opera House.
Shop: While in the English Market why not do a bit of shopping and check out local delicacies such as buttered eggs and spiced beef. The compact city centre boasts a couple of top notch shopping centres: Merchants Quay and the new Opera Lane area. North Main Street has Bradley’s, founded in 1850 and famous for its wall of craft beers (110 at last count).
For a different experience head to Mahon Point Farmer’s Market every Thursday where you’ll find fantastic local cheese and meat and much more, including wild mushrooms, all within a few yards of the large shopping centre.
Eat: No shortage of eating places. At the high end, you’ve got Les Gourmandises and Augustine’s while top lunchtime venues are the Farmgate and Nash 19. See my top 31 local restaurants here. Coffee stops, led by Cafe Gusto, abound.
Drink: For something a little different you’ll find the newly opened L’Atitude Wine Café close to the City Hall. The emphasis here is on quality wines and tasty local snacks. Electric, with its downstairs bar and upstairs eatery, has taken the South Mall by storm since it opened in 2010. The Boardwalk, SoHo and the Bodega are other modern bars with restaurants attached.
For something more traditional, including the music, you won’t do better than An Spailpin Fanac in South Main Street. And, if you prefer alternative beers then the Franciscan Well on the North Mall is the place to go as they have a micro brewery right behind the counter.
Stay: With two excellent restaurants in the building and a culture of friendly high class service, the Hayfield Manor is the place to stay in Cork. If you need something more central, then the Clarion is for you. Something a little more traditional? Why not the Imperial where you’ll be wined and dined and never be short of company as the locals come and go.
Like it quiet? Then the Marlborough in the southern suburbs is recommended. Making a quick getaway? The Cork International Airport Hotel is excellent and has some unusual features including the colourful toilets!
Walk: Cork is very compact and great for walks. Call to the tourist office and pick up the maps and info for three special walks, one that concentrates on the Southside, one on the city centre island and the other on the Northside.
Like to try something more energetic? Then start at the North Mall and take a brisk riverside stroll through the Mardyke, into Fitzgerald’s Park, past the UCC Grounds and then onto the Lee Fields. Just remember you have to come back!
There is a very popular walk by the harbour starting at Blackrock Castle, another great place to visit with an excellent restaurant. For something shorter but still interesting, do the circular walk around the Lough, a city lake full of swans and ducks and other wildfowl.
Get Out: No shortage of things to see and do on the eastern side of the city. Take a trip to Fota House and its famous gardens and arboretum. If you have kids, then the Fota Wildlife Park is at hand. Or go that bit further to Ballymaloe and take in the Cookery School Gardens and maybe then a cliff stroll at Ballycotton.
To the south then and a fast emerging highlight in Crosshaven is the coastal artillery fort of Camden with a wealth of history and great views. Another fort, this also being restored, is Charlesfort in Kinsale, a historic town rich in excellent eating places and with a must visit Wine Museum in Desmond Castle.
Strike off to the west and take in the impressive ruins of the abbey at Timoleague before enjoying lunch at Dillon’s. West Cork boasts magnificent beaches and good food producers whose products you may sample in restaurants such as the Malthouse and Richy’s Bistro, both in Clonakilty.
Listen: There is almost always a music festival on in Cork and surrounds and the big one is the Jazz, always on the final weekend of October. There is a Folk Festival at the end of September and film buffs are in town in force in November. Check them all out here.
The Choral festival dominates in the spring and summer sings with the Midsummer Festival of the Senses, followed by the International Folk Dancing Festival and then the Decades (Music) Festival.
But it is the Music in the Marquee that is the highlight here. Night after summer night, the Marquee hosts top names. Bob Dylan and Elton John were among the 2011 highlights while Tom Petty and The Specials are among those booked for 2012.
Avoid: The usual big city security precautions apply. Avoid leaving anything visible in your car and so on. Not much else to avoid. Maybe the rainy days. But even those can be fun. Never know who you’ll find singing at the local bar, even on the street. It is a fun city. So enjoy!