Destination guide

Welcome to the "real capital of Ireland"

Liberal and on-trend, Cork is one of Ireland's most captivating cities. In fact, ask the locals and they'll insist that Cork is the "real capital of Ireland". The city well and truly lives up to its reputation, with boutique shopping, cosmopolitan dining and a flourishing live music scene. Spend your time strolling along grand Georgian avenues, exploring the revitalized waterfront district and ticking off a string of urban attractions. Sound like your kind of city? From elegant townhouses to country estates, Cork vacation rentals make it easy to explore Ireland's 3rd-largest city.

Things to do

Get behind bars at Cork City Gaol

Once used as a grisly prison, today Cork City Gaol is one of Ireland's top attractions. Visitors can peer into the cells, stroll around the courtyard and discover what life was like for the inmates who were often imprisoned for little more than stealing a loaf of bread. From soaring spires and grim gargoyles to gleaming marble floors and a grand bishop's throne, St Fin Barre's Cathedral was built to impress. Set in the heart of the downtown district, Cork vacation rentals put you within walking distance of the gaol, the cathedral and more.

Activities

Eat your way through Cork

It's hard to argue with the claim that Cork boasts Ireland's best foodie scene. The city is brimming with fine-dining restaurants serving up "paddock-to-plate" cuisine. You can also get lost in the English Market, where vendors hawk artisan produce under a soaring vaulted ceiling. On a sunny day, there's nothing better than stocking up on gourmet treats, then enjoying a leisurely picnic lunch at nearby Bishop Lucey Park. For a quintessential experience, you can always bunk down with a pint of Guinness and a bowl of Irish stew at a cozy pub.

Weather

Explore Cork come rain or shine

Like the rest of Ireland, summer brings high season to Cork. Visit from June to August and you'll maximize your chances of clear skies and warm temperatures. Cork County is known for its rolling green hillsides, though the lush countryside is largely thanks to year-round rainfall. Don't forget to pack an umbrella, even if you're visiting over the summer. The good news is that Cork is loaded with indoor attractions. This means that even in the midst of winter, it's still a top city break destination.

Natural features

Discover postcard-perfect County Cork

While the city was once confined to a compact island, Cork now sprawls across both banks of the River Lee. As well as an ideal destination for city breaks, Cork is also a gateway to Ireland's southwest coast. It anchors County Cork, a picturesque region known for its rugged coastlines, rolling hillsides and quaint fishing villages. Rambling is a popular pastime, so don't forget to pack your walking shoes. As well as scenery, Cork also serves up a host of wildlife-watching opportunities, from whale-watching cruises to puffin encounters.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Cork

Fly into Cork (ORK), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center.

If you prefer train travel, make your way to Cork Kent Station or Glounthaune Station to see more of the city.

Where to stay around Cork?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 121 vacation rentals near Cork. From 55 Houses to 18 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cork for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cork?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cork. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cork City Hall: 106 vacation rentals
  • Cork City Gaol: 98 vacation rentals
  • University College Cork: 99 vacation rentals
  • Cork Courthouse: 103 vacation rentals
  • Blackrock Castle: 107 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cork listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cork?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 55 Houses in Cork. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cork include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 18 rentals available
  • Cottages: 36 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 36 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cork?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Cork. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.