The historical city of Cork located on Ireland's south west coast attracts visitors from around the world. The city boasts many fascinating attractions such as Saint Fin's Barre's Cathedral, Blackrock Castle, Cork City Gaol and the English Market.
Like most of Ireland, Cork has mild unpredictable weather with frequent rain. The best time to visit is during the summer months from May-August. The winters are generally mild with temperatures rarely below freezing. This attractive city has many holidays and festivals like Cork Midsummer Festival held from mid-June, a month of events and arts. The Cork Folk Festival is during October with top Irish musicians while the Jazz Festival takes place during the last week of October. At the beginning of November there's the Film Festival.
The city centre is actually on an island on the River Lee not too far away from Cork Harbour. If travelling by car, parking charges apply ( EUR2 for one hour during the day). The cost of living here is cheaper than in London. A basic meal out will set you back about EUR12 and beer is around EUR3.
Transport from Cork International Airport to the city centre - the 226A bus, operated by Bus Éireann, travels between the airport itself and Cork bus station. Tickets cost around EUR7.40 with an approximate journey time of 30 minutes. Taxis are between EUR30 and EUR35. When it comes to accommodation you can stay in a cheap hostel from about EUR12 in shared rooms. Expect to pay approximately EUR90 for a three star hotel. Cork city centre is small enough to explore on foot. Many visitors take an eating and drinking tour of the city centre to soak up the atmosphere and meet the friendly locals. If you do want to travel around by public transport, single tickets for buses are available for about EUR2 while day travel cards cost in the region of EUR5. Tickets can be bought on buses that also go to the suburbs. There are plenty of taxi ranks available throughout Cork offering metered and standard fare options. Why not try one of Cork's specialities, drisheen, which is a type of black pudding, along with various cheeses, battered sausage or Barmbrack, bread with raisins and sultanas? There are also lots of restaurants where you can enjoy real Irish dining, not to mention a pint or two of Guinness.