Cork Tourism

Visit Cork - Best of Cork

Cork is known as Ireland’s own Venice, built on River Lee. The city is best known for its vibrant attractions and sea of pubs and restaurants that flood every street and alley it holds. The city center is located on the island created by the river channels and at the eastern side where the channels meet- you can see beautiful quays and harbours. The Cork Harbor is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and is the main center for fishing those fresh sea produce.

The cork center is known for its Georgian architectural influences while the 17th century alleys charm everyone who walks through it. The whole city was walled- much of which are seen as ruined walls and gateways to enter the city. The city however has one of the most ground-breaking histories with regards to its invaders.

Originally built as a monastery, the Vikings changed the purpose of the city to suit their need of a port. Records show Viking history around 915 AD. Eventually the monks and Vikings formed a symbiotic relationship wherein the Vikings would bring trade goods and even medical aid in return for using the city’s natural port.

No travel guide can stress enough how Cork in itself is a ‘Foodie Capital’. You are sure to find most of the pubs and restaurants buzzing with chitter-chatter over some of the best dishes you will have while in Ireland- a welcomed deal after mundane airplane meals.

Today tourism is one of the prime sources of Cork’s global appeal. If you are travelling to Cork, you are in for a visual, gourmet as well as a historic treat! The beautiful architecture and monuments that grace its land are sure to set your camera clicking while those late evening walks around the town will warm up your spirit.

Cork Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Cork tips for your visit

  • It always rains and therefore it is recommended to carry your rain-gear at all times.
  • Do visit the Tourist Office if you want to know about fests, events or any other queries.
  • The city has heavy French influences. Do try French baguettes, movies and art shows while in cork.
  • Try to find accommodation at the town centre as the island is the capital of attractions, food and drinks!
  • Try to explore the city as much as you can on foot. The people are friendly enough to help you if you skip lanes.
More about Cork

Facts and Stats for Cork*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cork

    Know the pollution level of Cork before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 5 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 23.44 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 35.94 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 17.19 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 5.56 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • Cork: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cork for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cork.

    • Burglary and Theft 25.79 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 23.02 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25.4 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.59 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 19.84 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 27.42 (Low)
    • Attacks 26.59 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45.63 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.89 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 63.71 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.61 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 14.68 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.1 (Low)
  • Living in Cork - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cork is 173.07 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 70.69 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.41 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 15.68 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.79 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 80.93 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 59.32 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.19 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 85.2 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cork

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cork

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.3 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.46 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 81.03 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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