Fota House is a special place that offers visitors the chance to discover one of Ireland’s most interesting ‘big houses’. From the grand rooms with their exquisite plasterwork to the beautifully preserved service wing, charming nursery and delightful boudoir, Fota House gives visitors an intimate look at how life was lived in the past, whether as a servant or as a member of the gentry class.
One of Cork City’s favourite restaurants, Jacques serves consistently good food in a stylish hospitable atmosphere. The restaurant has been around for 30 years, which has enabled them to create a great network of suppliers, to always ensure the best quality of ingredients.
This award winning Irish restaurant and bar is located in the very heart of Cork city centre. The two floor restaurant offers great dishes like Spaghetti with pan-fried tiger prawns and Roast marinated chicken breast with herb mash. You will definitely find something good to fill your hungry stomach.
Irish food and coffees are served in this small shop right in the center of town. Perfect for a breakfast or a coffee break, the atmosphere is cosy, the mood relaxed and the food exclusively locally-sourced. The only risk is to find it full, but that is only proof of its greatness.
For a pure shot of caffeine, enter the Cork Coffee Roasters and try Rebel Blend, the home brewed coffee. It is strong and tasty, and if you love your cup of Joe as much as the next Corkonian, you will be seduced. All beans are hand roasted, and this is where the magic aroma comes from.
The trendy area by the quays recently welcomed the Union Grind Espresso Bar, a friendly shop where artisan, locally roasted coffee is served, as well as very good sandwiches and baked goods. Amusing catch phrases written on a blackboard at the entrance and live music make this location a must-try.
This coffee shop has style, and its customers have taste. Specialist in the art of Lattes and smooth brews, this is a place for a deep conversation on the meaning of life, an animated talk on art or just a relaxing moment spent in the funky environment of the cafe with a good book or in good company.
The Franciscan Well Brewery was founded in 1998 on the North Mall in Cork City and is built on the site of an old Franciscan monastery and well, dating back to the year 1219. Legend has it that the water from the well has miraculous and curative properties and people would come from afar to drink it.
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperate climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius(60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) in Spring and Autumn and between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in Winter. For regional forecasts, please consult the indicated website.
EU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (which replaced the old E111 form) prior to departure. For further details see www.ehic.ie. Private medical insurance is advised for Visitors from non-EU countries.
Cork Airport is located approximately 4 miles (6 km) south of Cork City. There is a regular bus service from the airport to the bus station at Parnell Place in Cork city centre. Taxi are available outside the airport. Vehicle Hire is readily available, but advance reservation is recommended particularly during main holiday periods. If you are intending to hire a vehicle please ensure you have a current driving licence.
Taxis and Hackney Cabs are available in Cork. Taxis can be hailed down in the street, but Hackney Cabs must be booked from offices. Costs are measured by distance, taxis have a metre. If you have to be somewhere at a particular time, it is wise to book in advance as offices can be quite busy. All hotels will have a local taxi number. There are taxi ranks in the centre of Patrick St and beside the bus station.
The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro. One euro consists of 100 cents. notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500. Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm. Each bank has one later opening day per week. Bureau de Change facilities as well as ATM machines are available at most banks. Money transfers can be organised through Western Union Money Transfer. MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are widely accepted in Ireland.