reland’s fun-loving, independent-minded city is known to locals, only half-jokingly, as ‘the real capital’. Built on a series of islands this ancient merchant city is steeped in maritime history and a rich artistic culture. With a thriving foodie and craft beer scene, the country’s friendliest pubs and an artisan coffee bar on every corner, Cork is the best place in the world to relax, unwind and soak up the atmosphere.
You’ll often feel like you’re walking on water as you stroll around Cork city – the whispers of a fascinating and turbulent history as Europe’s last port on the edge of the Atlantic are all around you.
Cork’s ancient motto is “A safe harbour for ships” and it was around this huge maritime haven that Cork grew from a tiny 7th century settlement into the compact and vibrant city it is today.
Today this merchant city is a bustling, hive of culture. Its list of award winning restaurants and the famous English Market has made it Ireland’s food capital, lauded by critics worldwide, while Cork’s flourishing craft beer scene compliments the endless catalog of cosy, friendly pubs and toe-tapping traditional Irish music gigs.
Tourist Information Centre
Cork’s main tourist information centre, run by Fáilte Ireland, is located at the north end of St. Patrick Street just before St. Patrick’s Bridge at the junction of Merchant’s Quay and Lavitt’s Quay.
The centre’s knowledgeable and helpful local staff will answer all your questions and even help you to book accommodation by contacting Fáilte Ireland approved accommodation providers on your behalf by telephone.
Cork Airport is the international gateway to the South of Ireland and is uniquely positioned at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.
It is the country’s second largest and best connected international airport with more choice of routes than any other airport outside of Dublin.
More than 2.2 million passengers travel through the airport this year, flying to 50+ top destinations across the UK and throughout continental Europe. Cork Airport’s customer service (as voted by passengers) has won national and international awards.