Cork Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Cork

  • Save 9% Ring of Kerry Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork
    Ring of Kerry Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork28 Reviews

    Duration: 11 Hrs

    Like all the best journeys in life, Paddywagon Tours started in 1998 with the simple thought, its time for something differen...

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  • Save 4% Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Cork
    Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Cork38 Reviews

    Duration: 13 Hrs

    Depart Cork for a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most popular natural attractions. This guided tour also i...

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  • Save 2% Dingle and Slea Head Drive Private Tour from Cork
    Dingle and Slea Head Drive Private Tour from CorkNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean from Irelands south-west co...

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  • Save 10% Kilkenny and Cashel Day Trip from Cork
    Kilkenny and Cashel Day Trip from Cork2 Reviews

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    This great Day Tour from Cork combines a visit to the Rock of Cashel with 2 hours free-time to explore medieval Kilkenny as y...

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

    • Air Pollution 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 22.83 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 20.65 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 34.78 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 14.13 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 27.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 7 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 38.04 (Low)
  • How safe is Cork for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cork.

    • Burglary and Theft 28.85 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.76 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 27.24 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 21.15 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 26.32 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.08 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.46 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.01 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.54 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.06 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 38.31 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Cork is 186.13 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 69.84 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.78 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 18.41 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.73 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 72.87 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 54.61 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.48 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 99.6 (High)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.25 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90.6 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 79.77 USD

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