The City of Cork
There is plenty to see and do in Cork City with an emphasis on film, theatre, music and dance. The best way to see the city is on foot and you will soon find that there are plenty of bridges due to the roads frequently crossing the river channels. The attractions include museums and galleries, parks and gardens, churches and historic buildings.
There are also some excellent guided tours available from around Easter to early October. If you prefer to walk and be shown around, then guided tours are available on some days every week. This is an excellent idea if you stay in a guest house in Cork City as it will give you much of the local ambience.
There are many places of interest in Cork City including its two principal cathedrals, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Finbarr’s Cathedral. The patron saint and founder of Cork is St Finbarr who founded a monastery where the cathedral now stands. The tallest storied building in the Republic of Ireland is The Eleysian building in Eglington Street with an overall height of 81 metres.
Mahon Point Shopping Centre has many of the well known high street stores restaurants and cafes plus a 13 screen cinema and other leisure facilities. Other places for eating-out are in the city, such as Italian, Chinese and Indian restauarants.
The church tower of Shandon is Cork’s most famous building and it tends to dominate the north of the city. It has a large weather vane in the shape of a salmon. The locals know the clock tower on the church as the ‘Four Faced Liar’ because each of the clock faces appear to show a different time! It has a peal of 8 bells and visitors may play them using music cards that are supplied.
Cork City is easy to get to as it is served by air, ferry, rail and road. Cork Airport is at nearby Ballygarvan and it is one of Ireland’s main airports used by around 10 scheduled airlines. Ferries run to Swansea in Wales and Roscoff in France. An electric tram system was started in 1898 but ceased operation 1931. The main rail station is Kent Station and lines to all parts of Ireland run from here including local and suburban areas. If you choose to stay in a B&B in Cork City, travel by rail is a good and convenient way to explore the area.
Cork is quite hilly and some of the streets are built over the course of old river channels which once had boats bringing goods to the city. Some excellent views over the harbour and port and down river to the sea can be had from Montenotte.
Hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation are the main places to stay and there is a good selection of guest houses and b&b’s in Cork to choose from. The hotels range from modern to the smaller and more intimate whilst the Cork guest houses and B and B’s range from the more traditional large town houses to smaller and informal bungalows.
It is an excellent destination to visit at any time of year and the temperate climate is generally clement but it advisable to book your accommodation in Cork City well in advance to avoid disappointment.