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Cork is a city that simply oozes confidence. Untroubled by Dublin’s claim on the title of Ireland’s leading city, Cork sees itself as the real capital. Packed into an island created by the River Lee, it abounds with majestic Georgian parades, quirky 17th-century alleys, and modern architectural masterpieces.
Celebrated chef Rick Stein called it the best covered market in Ireland and the U.K., and he knows a thing or two about these things. The English Market, in Cork city centre, features a collection of stalls offering a mouthwatering selection of the best local, seasonal produce. It has been trading since 1788, making it one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind on the planet.
For such a nationally significant cultural Institution, the Crawford Art Gallery does not get the attention it deserves. Dedicated to both historic and contemporary visual arts, the Crawford is situated right in the heart of Cork city, next to the Opera House, and entry is free. Its permanent collection includes more than 2,000 works, centring on a group of Greek and Roman sculpture casts originally housed in the Vatican Museum.
It may not be the prettiest place in the world, but Cork City Gaol certainly provides an insight into how appalling life was for inmates a century ago. An audio tour guides you around the restored cells, which contain models of prisoners suffering the punishment meted out by cruel- looking guards. It is a touching portrait of the harshness of the 19th-century penal system, particularly when you remember that many inmates were sentenced to hard labour for stealing loaves of bread to feed their starving families.
This perennial highlight of the October bank holiday weekend has attracted more than 1 million visitors to date. Running since 1978, the Jazz celebrates little-known artists and marquee names alike. The roster of previous performers reads like a who’s-who of jazz, with standouts including Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, and Stéphane Grappelli.
The Cork Butter Museum is not just a celebration of dairy products - it’s a remarkably engaging and alternative look at history. It examines the key role of dairy culture in the commercial, social, and domestic life of Ireland with displays on everything from children’s baptism in milk to the economic miracle of the modern Irish dairy industry
Cork Opera House is the biggest centre for world-class entertainment in Ireland. A Cork institution for more than 150 years, the Opera House showcases the best of Irish and international music, comedy, and drama in a state-of-the-art 1,000-seat theatre and in the 100-seat Half Moon Theatre.
Cork Midsummer Festival is a breath of fresh air in the summer arts season. This ten-day extravaganza of theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts attracts bigger and bigger audiences every year, with world-class entertainment across the city.
Set in the old Cork City Waterworks on the banks of the River Lee, Lifetime Lab is not your usual museum. No other such building has been as well restored and preserved, and the attraction now offers a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition for all ages, a themed playground, and stunning views over the River Lee.
Few things are as closely associated with Cork City as the Shandon bells, located in the 1722 St Anne’s Church, which dominates the Shandon area of the city. Dubbed “Four-Faced Liar” because each of the tower’s four clocks used to show a different time, the church is a magnet for would-be campanologists, who can ring the bells on the 1st floor.
Originally intended as a once-off event to mark Cork’s status as European Capital of Culture in 2005, Live at the Marquee was such a success it has continued every year since. Now held at the Docklands on Centre Park Road, it features a series of separate events headlined by different artists. Acts have included Kanye West, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Christy Moore, and Morrissey.
1.9km from Cork City
The self catering apartments are equipped with a TV and a fully fitted kitchen with cooker, hob, fridge freezer and microwave. Bed linen and towels are supplied. This is a great location for holidaying families and business travellers. It offers complimentary internet connection and free use of the leisure centre, with its 25m pool, waterslide, gym, saunas, jacuzzi, rooftop hot tub, tennis courts, sunbeds and steam room.
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Experience Cork city's reputation for culture in these beautifully situated self catering apartments.
Each apartment has two spacious and luxurious bedrooms.
Guests can relax and unwind in the comfort of electrically heated surroundings while enjoying a leisurely Irish breakfast. These superb 3-star self catering properties each contain a fully fitted kitchen and dining area, which are beautifully furnished throughout.
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2.3km from Cork City
Convenience is key at these apartments in the heart of Cork city, right next to the UCC campus. Available during July and August, each apartment has four ensuite bedrooms, with balconies offering river views.
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3.7km from Cork City
Stylishly designed to incorporate all contemporary requirements, these 3-, 4-, and 5-bed en-suite apartments are just a short walk away from University College Cork. The development features 335 rooms with double and single beds. Seventeen of these properties are three bedroomed apartments.
The three-, four- and five-bedroom ensuite apartments are located just a short walk from Cork city centre. Sixty-three of these apartments have four bedrooms.The accommodation is available from June 10 to August 26, with excellent rates for all festivals, concert and sports events. We specialise in providing great value accommodation in a great location for language school students, conferences, and study-abroad groups. Exceptional family rates are also available.
3.8km from Cork City
Enjoy a prime location close to Cork city centre at this outstanding development of three-, four-, and five-bedroom ensuite apartments. The holiday rentals are open from June to August, and six of the apartments have five bedrooms. Each unit is elegantly furnished and well equipped with all modern conveniences.
4.3km from Cork City
Enjoy the convenience of this comfortable, well equipped apartment at Jacobs Island, Cork City. It is situated across the road from the Mahon Point shopping complex, which is home to such major retailers as Tesco, Debenhams, and Currys, as well as bars and eating areas. The apartment is suitable for up to four people, with designated basement parking for one car.
2.5km from Cork City
With a superb location on Western Road, directly opposite UCC, this spacious, modern holiday home is just 6 minutes' walk from St. Patrick Street and the English Market in Cork City Centre. The modern premises sleeps nine people in three spacious ensuite bedrooms. There is also a sitting room and kitchen.
2.6km from Cork City
These one-bedroom apartments enjoy a prime location in Cork City, opposite the main university entrance and just 6 minutes' walk from the city centre. The accommodation is spacious with a kitchen, living room with additional fold-out bed, bedroom with queen-size bed (King Koil pillow top mattress) that can be changed to a twin bed, private bathroom, TV-cable, phone, hairdryer, iron & board, complimentary toiletries, and wireless Internet.
2.8km from Cork City
With a fantastic location in Cork City, close to the university entrance, these studio apartments offer superb accommodation for one person. Each studio contains a fully equipped kitchenette, single bed, sofa, desk, private bathroom, TV-cable, phone, hairdryer, iron & board, complimentary toiletries, and wireless Internet. Bed linen and towels are supplied. Laundry facilities are available, as well as private parking at rear.
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