Cork, Ireland's idyllic city, is a captivating cosmopolitan destination. Its elegant Georgian avenues and attractive waterways add to its charm. Located on an island, Cork manages to strike a balance between modernity, tradition and contemporary art galleries. Film and jazz festivals juxtapose with quaint old fashioned Irish pubs.
The weather in Cork is best described as being mild and unreliable, with frequent bouts of rain. Winters are also mild and temperatures rarely fall below freezing. Nevertheless, Cork is still one of the sunniest cities in Ireland.
The Cork Midsummer Festival starts in mid-June and for an entire month, attendees can enjoy a diverse selection of arts and events. In October, the Cork Folk Festival is held, with various sessions and performances from top Irish musicians. The Jazz Festival occurs in the last week of October, and in the beginning of November the city plays host to the Film Festival.
Cork's city centre is situated on a charming, oblong shaped island that is surrounded by the River Lee.
Parking charges apply in this city and you should expect to pay around 2 euros for one hour during the day.
The cost of living in Cork is generally cheaper than London. You'll be charged around 12 euros for a basic meal in a restaurant and a beer costs about 3 euros. While in town, be sure to sample Cork's delicious specialities such as drisheen (a type of black pudding made from offal) and a selection of locally produced cheeses.
The 226A bus, operated by Bus Eireann, provides services between the airport and the Cork bus station. Bus fares are about 7.40 euros, and the journey time takes approximately 30 minutes. Taxi fares cost around 30 to 35 euros around the city centre. Cheap hostels are a decent option for those on a tight budget with shared rooms costing around 12 euros. You'll pay approximately 90 euros, for a room in a 3 star hotel.
Buses provide services to the suburbs of Cork and single tickets are priced at around 2 euros. Expect to pay approximately 5 euros for a Travelcard. All tickets are purchased on the buses. Cork is small in size, making it perfect to explore by foot.
Taxi ranks are distributed throughout the town. All cabs are metered and charge standard fares.