Cork

27 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019

2 guests - 1 room

Total price for 1 night, 2 guests, 1 room
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The Rebel County's official capital (and Ireland's real one, if you ask a local), Cork is a beautiful destination packed with Irish charm. Whether you're ringing the bells of Shandon, kissing the Blarney Stone, or browsing the heaving stalls at the English Market, there'll never be a dull moment in Cork. Nightlife seekers and gastronomes will find plenty to tempt them in the cobbled backstreets, while nature-lovers will adore getting out and exploring the nearby countryside.

Where to stay in Cork

Cork's hotels are all clustered in different neighbourhoods. The one you choose will have a big impact on your stay. We've put together a quick guide to the different areas of Cork.

The Victorian Quarter

The area around MacCurtain Street has recently been rebranded, and is now one of Cork's buzziest neighbourhoods. Pop into the antique markets and tearooms by day, and stick around in the evening for award-winning gastropubs and small plate restaurants. Hotels in Cork's Victorian Quarter are ideal for hipster travellers.

St Patrick's Street

Cork's main street and (arguably) the heart of the city. Hotels near St Patrick's Street are ideal for those visiting Cork for a spot of shopping, as it's where you'll find all of the big high street brands. The small lanes running off the main drag are home to bars, cafés and restaurants.

The Huguenot Quarter

Foodies should base themselves in this hip neighbourhood, clustered around French Church Street, Carey’s Lane and Paul Street. The narrow lanes buzz with fantastic places to grab a bite to eat, with everything from artisan chocolate to takeaway falafels. It's a short hop from St Patrick's Street, too.

Shandon

One of Cork's most historic quarters, Shandon is home to St Anne's Cathedral – where you can take a pop at ringing the iconic bells (or simply admire the view). Other attractions include the Butter Museum, and the home of Annie Moore – the first person processed at Ellis Island.

Grand Parade

An extension of St Patrick's Street, Grand Parade runs from Singer's Corner down to the River Lee. This neighbourhood combines old and new, and is fast becoming an evening hotspot. Daytime attractions include Bishop Lucey Park, the National Monument and the creative hub of Triskell Christchurch.

Cheap hotels in Cork

Finding wallet-friendly hotel rooms in Cork is easy with our search tools. Enter your trip dates and then sort the available hotels from price (low to high). You can narrow it down even further by choosing hotels based on your budget (e.g. 0-£40), and then filtering based on guest rating to nab a real bargain.

Hotel prices change with the seasons, but these budget hotels consistently offer low prices and great service.

Garnish House – This B&B seriously prides itself on food: enjoy an award-winning breakfast (and complimentary afternoon tea) at this charming guesthouse on Cork's Western Road.

Gabriel House B&B – Just a five-minute walk from the city centre, this B&B is popular with couples and solo travellers. Guests love the traditional decor and friendly service.

Redclyffe Guesthouse –  Full Irish breakfasts, fast Wi-Fi and walking distance from town: what more could you ask from a budget B&B in Cork?

Best time to visit Cork

If you want to see Cork at its best, visit from June to August. Summer in Cork is delightful, although this is Ireland so you should still pack a raincoat. Summer is when most of Cork City's festivals take place, such as the Cork Midsummer Festival  and the Shandon Street Festival and Food Fair (both in June).

Cheapest time to stay in Cork

Cork's low season falls during the winter, with a slight peak at Christmas when people visit for pre-Christmas getaways (or to enjoy the city's nightlife at New Year).  Hotel prices in Cork are likely to be higher when there's a big event on, so check Cork Tourism's website before planning your trip to make sure you're not arriving in the middle of a popular festival.

Best time to book hotels in Cork

The earlier you book your Cork hotel, the more likely you are to get a bargain. Hotel prices go up and down based on supply and demand, so if you leave it to the last minute you might end up paying more. That said, you'll always get a good deal when you search with us – we make it easy for you to compare prices from travel agencies (as well as direct from the hotels themselves), so the price you pay is always going to be the lowest.

Top rated hotels in Cork

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What are travellers saying about Cork?

9.8
History Buffs
8.1
Family Travellers
8.0
Foodies
8.0
Students
7.5
Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member reviews (47)
Alyssa Collier
Alyssa CollierNew York City
24/05/2018

If you're looking for a city that represents Irish culture, look no farther than Cork. It has the cobblestone streets, hospitality, and culture of what everyone looks for in an Irish city. The people are friendly and you can't beat the local pubs and restaurants anywhere else. All types of travelers are welcome here. You minutes away from the Blarney Stone and a short drive to the Cliffs of Mohr. Cork is the city everyone should visit when traveling to Ireland.

Elaina O' Brien
Elaina O' BrienGyeongju
02/04/2016

Cork, the largest county in Ireland and one of the most vibrant and energetic cities of the country has much to offer between arts and culture, history and beautiful scenery and landscapes. The city itself is home to many theaters, museums and art galleries as well as top class hotels to pamper yourself for the weekend. It hosts annual festivals like the Jazz Festival and Live at the Marquee. Get out of the city and explore Islands, points of interest along the Wild Atlantic Way and stay at a relaxing seaside town in the countryside. You really have the best of both worlds. It's a beautiful part of the country that represents Ireland for all it's worth in the utmost of style.

Robin Lampert
Robin Lampert
30/07/2015

we were at the Blarney castle watching the Irish step dancers it's much colder there than a NYC summer. They were amazing. Great cruise excursion. Those who can walk up narrow steps make sure to kiss Blarney Stone.

D'Maris Coffman
D'Maris CoffmanLondon
26/10/2013

Most people come for the proximity to the Blarney Stone, but a city in its own right. Seat of radical politics. Nice vibe, but some of you may decide to give it a miss. Better than Waterford though.

FAQs

The least expensive month is December, with an average of £86 per night. The most expensive month to stay in Cork is August, with an average price of £130 per night.
The average price of a hotel in September last year was £98 per night. This is 4% less than the average nightly price of £103 seen over the previous 12 months.
In Cork, the expected average temperature in September is 13.5°C/56.2°F. The warmest month is typically August, which averages 20.4°C/68.7°F. The coolest month is February, with temperatures averaging 2.5°C/36.5°F.
The nearest airport to Cork is Cork (ORK) (3.86 miles).

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