Holidaymakers looking for a fun packed vacation in Southern Ireland should pay a visit to the city of Cork. Located in the south east of County Cork, the city offers many exciting things for holidaymakers to do and interesting places to see. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, cottages and campsites.
Cork has many interesting and scenic places to see, which are best done by hiking, cycling or even horse riding. In fact people interested in horses can take the short journey to Mallow, the home of Cork racecourse. Golf is very popular in Ireland with many 18-hole courses around the country including Water Rock Golf Course, which is just 15 minutes from Cork City. Not far from the city holidaymakers will find some pleasant beaches, where they can relax, sunbathe or try watersports such as surfing. A short journey to Cork Harbour offers holidaymakers the opportunity to go fishing either from the pier, beach, estuary or rocks. There is plenty of entertainment in Cork with theatres, cinema and an opera house providing a good night out. Cork has many bars, cafes and restaurants with a variety of cuisine from around the world. There are supermarkets and grocery stores here for self catering holidaymakers to buy provisions from. A huge selection of shops can be found in Cork including many well known names and smaller gift shops.
Cork has many interesting places to visit including fantastic, historic buildings. These include two cathedrals in the city; St Mary’s Cathedral and St Finbarre’s Cathedral. The most famous building in Cork is arguably church tower of Shandon, which many regard as the symbol of the city. Other notable buildings in the city include Elizabeth Fort and the Cork Opera House. There are several museums and galleries in the city including The Cork Vision Centre and The Crawford Gallery. Other places worth visiting are the Beamish & Crawford Brewery and The Old Gaol. In the Grand Parade visitors will find the Berwick Fountain, the National Monument and Bishop Lucey Park. County Cork has many other fantastic sights such as Blarney Castle, Blackrock Castle and Fota House and Gardens.
The warmest time of the year in this part of Ireland is July and August when the average high temperature is 20 degrees centigrade. Winters are cold with January averaging just a high of 8 degrees centigrade and a low of 2 degrees. December is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 122mm rainfall, while April and June are normally the driest months with an average 57mm of rainfall in each.
Aer Lingus have flights from Cork Airport (ORK) to various European airports including Amsterdam (AMS), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW), Munich (MUC) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Ryanair also have flights from Cork going to Dublin (DUB), Liverpool (LPL), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Stansted (STN) and Malaga (AGP). The car rental firms 353, Alamo and National, Avis, Budget, Dooley, Hertz and Thrifty are all represented at the arrivals concourse in the airport.