Cork City guide
Cork is much smaller than Dublin, but it proudly asserts its second-city status as a southern stronghold of Irish culture. Its roots are in a monastic settlement founded here in the 6th century by St Finbar, and in its early days Cork was held as an English outpost in a land largely controlled by Gaelic tribes. In the early days, the English residents of Cork even paid protection money to the kings and clans that ran southern Ireland. Skirmishes developed into wars, and Cork played a key role in several conflicts and battles during the Irish War of Independence. Today, the city is a flourishing hub of Irish culture and history, known for its markets, music, pubs and entertainment scene. Just outside of town is the world-famous Blarney Castle, where visitors to kiss the Blarney Stone in hopes of receiving the gift of eloquence.
Places to visit in Cork
Major attractions in Cork City proper include Crawford Art Gallery, the English Market and St Finbar’s Cathedral. With a hire car, it’s easy to drive out of town to visit outlying highlights, including Blarney Castle and Fota Wildlife Park and Arboretum.
Shopping in Cork City
Tourists are most taken with the English Market, which is brimming with atmosphere and features artisanal foods and myriad fresh meats and produce. The more mainstream shopping options centre on St Patrick’s Street.
Eating out in Cork City
Whether looking for smoked salmon at the English Market, traditional pub fare or modern, international cuisine, you’ll find it in and around Cork City centre.
There are several petrol stations located in and around Cork Centre. The most convenient station to the CARHIRE.ie car rental depot is South Link Service Station, which is situated immediately east of Lee Garage on the N27.