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

5 minutes from Cork City - Great location for Blarney Castle, Titantic Cobh, Fot

Fitzgerald's Vienna Woods Hotel and Holiday Villas are a new Hospitality concept to Cork, they offer all the comforts of your own home, with the added bonus of having the facilities of a charming Country House Hotel, on the grounds, with one of th...

Kinsale Coastal Cottages @ Relax Island

Each cottage... has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and can sleep up to 8 people. Some pets may be accepted by prior arrangement. All bed linen and towels are supplied. Real open fires in every cottage. All modern amenities including satellite TV. ...

5 Star Fota Island Resort, Cork

From the moment you enter the gates of Fota Island Resort Hotel in Ireland, you will be struck by the sheer elegance and natural beauty of a place where life runs at an altogether more leisurely pace. You will drive on tree-lined avenues where mag...

Cashealfean House 2 Durrus West Corkl 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

The holiday house is located on the shore of the Bay and is surrounded by meadows with view of the grazing cows and horses. Cashelfean 2 is situated on the ground of the Cashelane farm which belongs to the holiday houses of Cashelfean. The farm co...

Seaside House At Lislee, Blind Strand Overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay

Modern well furnished house. Ground floor kitchen/dining/sitting room with wood burning stove and French doors leading to south facing garden. Two bedrooms on ground floor, one ensuite with bath, shower and W.C. Upstairs two bedrooms, one double ...
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