Budget hotels in Cork
Framed with distinctively green Irish countryside and picture-perfect rural villages, the compact cosmopolitan city of Cork resides on the banks of the River Lee. Dubbed “The Real Capital” by its charismatic locals, the welcoming city offers an abundance of things to see and do. Steeped in history, and brimming with superb dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife, the south Ireland city has a particularly lively feel. The annual jazz festival in October is one of the city’s most exciting cultural events, drawing in visitors from all over the world.
Things to see
The famous English Market is a foodie’s paradise. Located in the city center, the decadent indoor market is a cornucopia of fresh local produce, as well as tastes from around the world. With stalls selling everything from meat to confectionary, self-caterers will be in their element. For the best entertainment in Cork, look to the Opera House - where musical concerts, comedy, theater, and opera all take to the stage. History buffs will want to see the 18th Century Bells of Shandon. Famous for the Francis Sylvester Mahony song of the same name, the bells can still be seen and heard today at St. Anne’s Church – along with the four faced liar clock. Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Ballintemple is a worthwhile visit for sports fans. The Gaelic Athletic Association stadium hosts major hurling and football matches. Lovers of Murphy’s Irish Stout can go and see its 150 year old home, Murphy’s Brewery, in the north of the city.
Hotels in Cork
There is a vast choice of hotels in Cork to suit every taste and budget. The city’s comfortable mid-range options are generally well equipped with all the usual hotel amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. With many hotels offering self catering options, it makes a great excuse to treat your taste buds to the array of cuisine the city has to offer. B&Bs are in fantastic supply, as are rental apartments should you want a home from home experience. Cheap hotels in Cork are plentiful too, along with a handful of hostels for those looking for an even thriftier getaway.
Where to stay
A cheap hotel in Cork’s lively city center keeps the best the cosmopolitan has to offer close at hand, allowing you to mostly get around by foot. The center has many attractions on its doorstep, including Cork’s historic St. Finbarr’s Cathedral and the Crawford Gallery, along with the bulk of the city’s amenities. Shopping hotspots include St. Patrick’s Street, Cork’s main thoroughfare, whilst MacCurtain and Oliver Plunkett Street are decorated with a tempting variety of pubs, bars and restaurants. Whilst Cork might be a compact city, it certainly boasts a huge itinerary of things to see and do for visitors, whoever they might be.
How to get to
Cork Airport is the gateway into the region for most European travelers. Located just 5 miles from the city, taxi transfers are reasonably priced and negotiable. For those on a budget however, buses are a cheaper alternative, with services running regularly from the airport and arriving at Parnell Bus Station in the city center. Those travelling from the US may arrive at Shannon Airport. Bus Éireann and CityLink services run regularly from the airport, taking approximately 2 and a half hours to reach Cork’s bus station. From there, you can reach your destination via another bus or catch a train at Cork Kent Railway Station, just 10 minutes walk away.