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Best of Cork Guide

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Cork
Plan to cross many bridges when in Cork. Ireland's third-largest city began life as an island and now spans both banks of the River Lee, with watery channels running beneath some of its main thoroughfares. The best way to experience this hilly southern seaport is on foot, following the signposted walking tour past St. Finn Barre's Cathedral and the riverside quadrangle of University College up the hill to red and white Shandon Church. Along the way, you'll meet plenty of the city's talkative residents.

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Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Lovely walk suitable for all ages. (Children must be accompanied and not suitable for buggies)
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in... more Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010').The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it's a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you'll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland's Wildest Attraction. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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University College Cork (UCC)
University College Cork (UCC)
Owner description: University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with a student experience second to none in Ireland. A learning... more Owner description: University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with a student experience second to none in Ireland. A learning community where the student is at the heart of everything and the special relationship between student and lecturer is primary to our unique ethos. The campus is located a mere ten minutes walk from the heart of Cork city, a former European Capital of Culture. Cork is listed as a top ten location in the Lonely Planet guide which states it “has always had an unshakeable self-confidence and innate sense of pride”, a description which is equally applicable to the University itself less
Attraction type: Educational Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Mizen Vision
Mizen Vision
Rising 700 feet above the ocean, this is the southernmost point in Ireland. The Signal Station on the point offers excellent views of the coastline and marinelife.
Attraction type: Geologic Formations; Lookouts
Fort Camden
Fort Camden
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cafe Paradiso
Cafe Paradiso
Ranked #1 of 466 Restaurants in Cork
Price: $32 - $158
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Market Lane
Market Lane
Ranked #2 of 466 Restaurants in Cork
Price: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Irish
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Pier 26 Restaurant
Pier 26 Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 466 Restaurants in Cork
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
Star Anise
Star Anise
Ranked #4 of 466 Restaurants in Cork
Price: $14 - $43
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
The Workshop Cork
The Workshop Cork
Ranked #5 of 466 Restaurants in Cork
Cuisines: Café, Tea Room, Soups, Sandwiches
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Fernroyd House B&B
Fernroyd House B&B
$39 - $56 (EUR 35 - 50)
Ranked #1 of 61 Cork B&B and Inns
Glencairn Bed and Breakfast
Glencairn Bed and Breakfast
$28 - $45 (EUR 25 - 40)
Ranked #3 of 61 Cork B&B and Inns
Sunmount B&B
Sunmount B&B
$45 - $67 (EUR 40 - 60)
Ranked #13 of 61 Cork B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Cork International Hotel
4.0 of 5
Cork International Hotel
$68 - $111
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Cork
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Creedon's Bed & Breakfast
Creedon's Bed & Breakfast
$79 - $128 (EUR 70 - 114)
Ranked #5 of 61 Cork B&B and Inns
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Fitzgerald's Vienna Woods Hotel
4.0 of 5
Fitzgerald's Vienna Woods Hotel
$87 - $155
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glanmire
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hayfield Manor Hotel
5.0 of 5
Hayfield Manor Hotel
$192 - $254 (EUR 171 - 226)
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Cork
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The River Lee Hotel
4.0 of 5
The River Lee Hotel
$114 - $171
Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in Cork
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Clarion Hotel Cork
4.0 of 5
Clarion Hotel Cork
$98 - $163
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Cork
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