Cork Tourist Information

Cork Travel Guide

Enchanted country roads winding past sheep grazing in emerald green fields are part of the tranquil scene that continues to make Cork one of Ireland's most attractive destinations. Adorned with romantic churches, along with its friendly inhabitants, an escape to the slow moving Irish countryside is a sure fire way to bring the pace down a notch.

From the view from Patrick's Hill over the storybook city Cork, tourists on Cork tours can easily pick out Shandon Steeple of St Anne's Church which looms over the north side of the city, and the triple-spires of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral nestled amid rolling hills. The cathedral stands over ground that has been a place of worship for over 13,000 years, and was once the cornerstone of the community. A fine example of French Gothic architecture, Saint Fin Barre's was built in 1870 and remains a place of hermitage for Ireland's Catholic community.

Cork Tourist Attractions

Blackrock Castle, English Market, Opera House, and the old City Gaol are some of the sightseeing highlights in the small community of Cork, where feeding the ducks in Glen Park is one of the most popular pastimes. Of course, Ireland wouldn't be Ireland if not for its traditional music and plethora of public drinking houses where friendly locals spin harmless yarns to dupe gullible tourists.

Buses leave frequently for Blarney Castle for tourists keen on kissing the famous Blarney Stone, and daytrips to the coast can be made by train. Golfing, hiking and horseback riding are great ways to spend the day when not out on a scenic drive, or enjoying a pint of Guinness at a local pub.

Transport Around Cork

This small city can easily be enjoyed on foot, although there is a convenient network of local buses that will take you wherever you want to go. Cork has a small international airport, but most international flights arrive in Dublin, which is 45 minutes away by air, or a four-hour drive. Ferries arrive frequently from Wales for those interested in bringing their own vehicles from the mainland.

Travel insurance is recommended while visiting Cork. While the city is considered a safe place to visit, medical bills can be expensive when dealing with an accident or serious illness. Enjoy your trip knowing that you and your loved ones are covered in the event of a medical emergency.