Cork city breaks

City breaks in Cork are perfect for a spontaneous weekend away with your girls, your boys, or your other half. There's an incredible food market, lots of historic attractions, and beautiful countryside just a stone's throw away. You don't even need to dig out your passport or book flights. Just book yourself some cheap accommodation in Cork city and away you go.

So, Cork: what to visit? Whether you're planning a week away or a weekend break in Cork, you can't miss out on the city's historic sights. A tour of Cork City Gaol, where prisoners were held before being transported to Australia, is a must. So is a trip around St Fin Barre's Cathedral, if you've got €5 to spare. This impressive building blends Victorian architecture with a religious pedigree dating back to the 7th Century. Or, if you're after something a bit more modern, the Crawford Art Gallery has more than two thousand paintings, sculptures and other artworks to visit. Foodies will find their spiritual home in the English Market, the famous covered food hall that's been serving the city since the 18th Century. Pick up some artisan bread, meat, cheese and chutney and enjoy a picnic in the park: the best way to eat during a cheap city break in Cork.

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Let everyone know you've arrived for your weekend break in Cork by heading straight to the Church of St Anne and ringing the bells (the 360-degree view of the city is just a bonus). The Rebel City has an amazing food and nightlife scene, so you'll be spoiled for choice when it's time for dinner. The White Rabbit Bar and BBQ is a must for meat lovers, with a good list of bourbon and Irish craft beer to wash down ribs and wings. On Saturday morning, continue your food odyssey with a breakfast roll in the Farmgate Cafe on the upper floor of the English Market. It overlooks the stalls, so you can watch the shoppers. Take a stroll around St Patrick's Street for a spot of window shopping. On Sunday morning, catch the service at St Fin Barre's before grabbing a lazy lunch at the Fresco Cafe.

The best pubs in Cork

Cork nightlife might not be as famous as Dublin's, but a few nights out should be on the cards during your city break. If you fancy some good old fashioned live music, make your way to Sin é. This bar is on our list of Ireland's top live music venues, and has been a mainstay of the city's music scene since 1899. Or, for delicious craft beer, you can't go wrong with an evening at the Franciscan Well. The outdoor patio is perfect for summer nights spent sipping white beer, ale or stout (all brewed on the premises). If you're on a budget city break, a drink in student favourite An Brog is a great laugh and kind to your wallet. Or, for a quirky evening, head to the Hi-B. Just remember to switch your mobile off: this traditional pub frowns upon fiddling with your phone.

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When to visit

There's always something happening in Cork. The city hosts 24 festivals throughout the year, nearly one a fortnight. If you're planning a last minute Cork city break it's worth checking to find out what's on.

Insider tips

Jackie Lennox's Chipper on Bandon Road is a must visit for your carb fix. Order chips and cheese with garlic mayo to really fit in with the locals.


The bus station in Cork is on Parnell Place in the city centre. From here you can pick up coaches to most towns and cities in the county, so you can get out and explore even if you didn't bring your car. The train station isn't in the city centre, so if you're arriving by rail you might need to hop in a taxi to reach your hotel. Car hire in Cork is available from Hertz and Europcar.

This information is correct as of March 2017

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