Cork travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cork

Situated in the southwest of the country, Cork is Ireland's second largest city behind Dublin, with a population of 120,000. The city straddles the River Lee, with the center on an island in the middle of the river.

There are dozens of bridges across the river and water plays an important part in the city's life and history: Cork is a seaport, and this adds to the cosmopolitan feel of this small city.

Cork lacks the tourist crowds of Dublin but is perhaps all the better for it. It offers an authentic taste of Irish life, with music spilling from the many pubs and good food served in lots of restaurants. The city also provides a base from which to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

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When to Visit Cork

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The peak tourist season in Cork is undoubtedly summer. This is when rainfall is lowest and warm daytime temperatures head towards 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The Midsummer Festival runs from mid-June to mid-July, with lots of theater, music, and art, adding to the enjoyment of visiting the city at this time. Visitors also come for the Cork Film Festival at the beginning of November and the Cork Jazz Festival on the last weekend of October.

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How to Get to Cork

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Where to Stay in Cork

Cork is relatively compact and walkable, with most accommodation in or near the city center. Kinlay House is a good budget option, operating an environmentally conscious hostel on the north side of the city center. The Imperial Hotel has a good central location and comfortable rooms, while Hayfield Manor is a splendid 5-star hotel.

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Shopping Streets

Opera Lane is one of the city's main shopping streets, featuring big brand fashion stores. Smaller boutiques are to be found in the side streets, selling jewelry, and souvenirs, while the English Market is the place to go for upscale food.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Cork will cost around EUR1.22, while a dozen large eggs will cost EUR4.14. Main supermarkets and convenience stores include Tesco, Iago, and Centra Stores and can be found throughout town.

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Where to Eat in Cork

Clancy's Bar and Restaurant offers traditional Irish pub fare from around EUR10.00. Scoozis is very popular and offers grill-type food from around EUR15.00 for a main course, while the Ivory Tower is an upscale restaurant offering a modern take on Irish food, with a EUR45.00 tasting menu.