The modern 4-star Charleville Park Hotel is situated in the heart of Munster and is the perfect base to explore Limerick, Cork and the Ballyhoura countryside. Its extensive leisure facilities include a kids pool, a 25 m pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, a well-equipped gym, a full bar and restaurant facilities. The stylish rooms feature free wifi, LCD TVs, and private bathrooms with baths and power showers.
Combining grand Victorian architecture with contemporary style, the 4-star Ambassador Hotel Cork City overlooks the city centre from the top of Military Hill, found in the historic area of St. Luke’s. McGettigan’s cookhouse and bar uses the finest quality, locally sourced ingredients, while the outdoor decking area is a great place for a BBQ. The Ambassdor Hotel Cork City’s contemporary rooms offer free wi-fi, tea and coffee facilities, 32” flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms.
This four-star luxury spa resort offers an award-winning restaurant, contemporary bar, and modern bedrooms. All areas of the hotel offer complimentary Wi-Fi, including bedrooms and public areas. The hotel is easily accessible, and offers on-site complimentary parking. Residents have complimentary access to the indoor pool, sauna, steam room, leisure centre and weights room.
Hotels in Cork
Nicknamed the rebel city, Cork is dynamic, fast-paced and steeped in culture and history. The city is built on the banks of the River Lee, with part of the city centre actually an island, and has one of the world’s largest natural harbours.
Book one of our Cork hotels and discover why the locals refer to the city as the real capital of Ireland.
Shandon Steeple, officially St Anne’s Church, is one of Cork’s most famous landmarks. It is known as the Four-Faced Liar due to the propensity of its four clocks to all tell slightly different times. You can ring the church bells, see how the clocks work, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the tower balcony.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral stands on the spot where Cork’s patron saint Finbarr founded his monastery in the 7th century. There’s plenty to admire here too, including marble floor mosaics, a stunning ceiling, stained glass windows and more than 1,260 sculptures.
Museums and galleries
Cork Public Museum’s varied collection includes ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts, medieval objects found near the city walls, 18th-century silverware and collections relating to sport and costume. There’s also an exhibition on Cork’s role in the Irish War of Independence.
Crawford Art Gallery’s historic and contemporary collection of more than 2,500 works includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and video, with 19th and 20th-century Irish art a particular strong point. Admission is free.
At Cork City Gaol, you’ll get an insight into life in an Irish prison in the 19th century, and through that, the social history of the period. The jail was operational from 1824 to 1923 and is a listed building notable for its architecture. The top floor of the Governor’s house was used for broadcasting by Radio Eirann from the 1920s to the 1950s, and there is also a radio museum here.
Cork is a big shopping destination. You’ll find lots of high street shops in Opera Lane and St Patrick’s Street, including department stores Debenhams and Dunnes in the Merchant’s Quay shopping centre. The Mahon Point Shopping Centre has more than 60 shops, plus food outlets and a 13-screen cinema. It also hosts a farmers’ market every Thursday. Cork’s English Market, in Grand Parade, has been officially trading since 1788, but is thought to date back in reality to 1610. Here you can buy produce from Cork and further afield, including cheeses, herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables and baked goods.
Eating and drinking
For Irish steaks, freshly-caught fish, cocktails and more than 25 beers, head to Electric, an Art Deco former bank with excellent views of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Fine and inventive vegetarian dining can be found at Café Paradiso, a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 winner, whose chef, Denis Cotter, has written four cookbooks. The Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse has both its own smokehouse and a microbrewery, where it produces the Elbow Lane craft beer from just four ingredients. Or head to the Franciscan Well Brewery, built on the site of an old monastery and well, the water from which was supposed to have curative properties. Come on a Thursday for pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven, or book a beer tasting or a brewery tour.
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