Cork Holidays in 2014

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Cork at a glance

Named the European Capital of Culture for 2005, Cork is an exciting and vibrant cosmopolitan city located in south-west Ireland. It has a rich history, a great arts scene and beautiful green rolling hills that are taken straight out of an Irish postcard.

Top attractions in Cork

Trying to come up with a to-do list for your cheap holiday to Cork? Never fear, lowcostholidays is here. Check out our top three recommendations for a great time in this great city;

  • If you like the arts, has Cork got some treats for you! The city has a vibrant cultural scene and plenty of great festivals. Two of the best include the Midsummer Festival, running from mid-June to mid-July, where the whole city is alive with music, theatre, poetry readings and more. The second one is the Jazz Festival in October, one of the largest in Europe!
  • If you're looking for a buzzing nightlife experience, check out Barrack Street, which is known for hosting a great number of varied bars. Our recommendations are The Bierhaus, it has over 50 beers on offer, An Bróg, an eclectic mix of patrons and music, and MvM, a mixture of music, movies, cocktails and games.
  • If you're a fan of historic sites, the spooky Cork City Gaol will be right up your alley. This prison housed 19th century inmates and is a fantastic insight into what life was like behind bars in ages past. For the most atmospheric experience, go on the night tour, and keep an ear out for the shuffle of inmates' feet coming from the west wing!

Perfect family holidays in Cork

If you're planning a cheap family holiday to Cork, you're going to be spoilt for choice. Let us help you out by recommending our top three family days out;

  • Based within the grounds of a spectacular castle estate, Blackwater Outdoor Activities has more thrilling attractions than you can shake a stick at. Thrill seekers of all ages can choose between river kayaking, zip-lining, zorbing, laser clay-pigeon shooting and more! Consistently voted no. 1, this place is not to be missed.
  • Blarney Castle, a picturesque landmark that sits inside 60 acres of green parkways and shrubbery makes for a fantastic picnic location! Go back in time, explore the fort, and don't forget to climb the tower staircase to reach the panoramic views at the top! Legend has it that if you kiss Blarney Stone, a stone set near the battlements, you will never be lost for words again. There's only one way to find out, pucker up!
  • Voted as the Best Family Day Out in Cork, Fota Wildlife Park offers Kodak moments around every corner. Unlike a zoo, most of the animals and birds here are allowed to roam free. You might come face-to-face with a hopping kangaroo or a scurrying lemur.

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Travel Information
Language: English
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST
Local airport: Cork
Flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Set in a landscape of unspoilt Irish countryside, Cork would make the perfect destination for any couple who enjoy walking. It’ll be a great chance to spend quality time enjoying one another’s company, as you explore the rolling green hills and dramatic coastal views of the area.

Couples Restaurants

County Cork is one of the largest producers of dairy products in Britain, as well as offering an excellent range of fresh produce. The food in Cork tends to be of a very high standard, and there is a good range of venues available for a romantic meal… perhaps the most popular being the superb restaurant at Ballymaloe House.

Couples Attractions

From the magnificent Blarney Castle to the city’s two cathedrals, and a wide range of churches – anyone with an interest in architecture will certainly be spoilt for choice! Some of the other attractions on offer here include excellent hotels, theatres and live music venues – so you’ll have no problem finding ideas for a romantic evening out.


During the warmer months, you’ll be able to spend your time at the beaches of County Cork, sunbathing or swimming in the clean waters. Of course, even in the winter these beautiful stretches of rugged coastline offer a charming destination – and make the perfect spot for walking or picnicking.