Short breaks in Cork

Enjoy an enchanting short break on the Emerald Isle

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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

CorkOnce a small island on the swampy banks of the River Lee, the Republic of Ireland’s second city, Cork, has since grown into a bustling metropolis. The city’s international character and status, as a thriving centre of culture and the arts, was underlined in 2005 with its being awarded the accolade of European Capital of Culture.
Create your perfect home-from-setting in a HomeAway rental in Cork, and you can spend your days meandering through the city’s watery channels or marvelling at its inspiring monuments. Experience Cork's unique buzz, typified by the locals' quick fire wit, or be inspired by rolling greenery and rocky plateaus that make this part of Ireland truly unique.


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Squares and Quarters Squares and Quarters

Wander by the glistening waters of the River Lee, and into Lough Park for an idyllic late afternoon stroll. Afterwarda, enter Fitzgeralds Park to experience a quaint pocket of the city; it's perfect for nature lovers and those seeking to escape from the bustle of the centre. 

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Places of interest Places of interest

Cork’s rich heritage is underlined by its patron Saint, St. Finbarre, who founded the city’s monastery 1,400 years ago. The best way to explore this hilly southern seaport is on foot, with a Cork walking tour providing the perfect opportunity to marvel at the city’s inspiring historical landmarks. Wonder at the imposing St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, and visit the Tudor-Gothic University College to while away your afternoon relaxing beside its tranquil riverside quadrangle. Cap off your walking tour by venturing to the hilltop Shandon Church, and enjoy ringing the church bells overlooking awe-inspiring views of the city’s skyline as the sun sets.

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Shopping Shopping

Cork’s cosmopolitan vibrancy is reflected in its wide range of outlets; from high-end retailers to bustling markets and independent boutiques. Running through the heart of the city, St. Patrick’s Street offers a wealth of more familiar shopping options, whilst nearby Oliver Plunkett Street is abuzz with independent clothing outlets and second-hand bookshops, lining quaint alleyways and lanes nestled off the main road. For authentic Irish gifts, visit the Coral Quay for its lively Saturday open-air market, and enjoy the odd barter or two with the welcoming traders.

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Wining and dining Wining and dining

Cork prides itself on its infamous pub culture, live music scene, the buzz of Barrack Street, and of course, the local’s craic. Visitors can expect to enjoy culinary delights within the English Market, which boasts delightful local produce and tantalising international delicacies with piano playing providing a wonderful backdrop to your meal. For something a little more authentic, indulge in a traditional Irish meal at the Ivory Tower, or enjoy the colourful ambience of the Quay CoOp, a popular destination with locals.

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Beyond the city Beyond the city

As a city lying within Ireland’s largest county, it’s little surprise that Cork’s surrounding landscapes are some of the most stunning throughout the peninsular. From rugged coves and bays to rolling green pastures, take in the spectacular Co. Cork scenery with a walk through Fota Wildlife Park and Donaraile Park. Alternatively, venture to the picturesque Blarney Castle, and kiss the infamous Blarney Stone to uncover ‘the gift of the gab’!

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Holiday Rentals

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Adrigole, Co. Cork. Sleeps 8 + Cot

Outside: Large detached Spanish style bungalow, south facing, in exceptional location beside Adrigole Harbour with far reaching sea views of the bay to the Sheep's Head peninsula in the distance. It is situated in a large garden with wooded area a...

Adrigole, Co. Cork. Sleeps 6 + Cot

Outside: Detached cottage facing west with fine views of surrounding mountains and over the natural Adrigole Harbour to Hungry Hill (2247ft) beyond. It is situated on the Ring of Beara route between Castletownbere (9 miles) and Glengarriff (10 mil...

Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Sleeps 2

Outside: Traditional stone cottage on quiet country road in rural surroundings yet only 3 kms from the bustling market town of Skibbereen for wide choice of restaurants, pubs and shops and 18 hole golf course. It is an ideal base for touring sceni...

Castletownbere, Co. Cork. Sleeps 4

Outside: Detached cottage, recently completed in traditional style, in quiet secluded location on the slopes of the Slieve Miskish Mountains, with views of Hungry Hill in the distance. It is situated about 4 miles from the fishing port of Castleto...
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