Cork’s inhabitants are known for being particularly enthusiastic about their home county but with a beautiful coastline, delicious food and one colourful town after another, it is easy to see why. There is no doubt that when you discover the charms of Ireland’s largest county for yourself with cheap weekly flights to Cork with Flybe, you will also be enthralled by its magic.
Flight frequency: Weekly
Currency: EUR (€)
Effortlessly combining traditional charm with a vibrant atmosphere and a roaring nightlife, visitors to Cork won't fail to be captivated. Dating back over 1,400 years, the city started life as a monastery before becoming a walled city in the middle ages - with some of the original walls still visible today. The city may have one foot in the past, it's other is firmly in the present, with cool bars, a vibrant dining scene and more attractions to keep visitors of all interests entertained. As one of Ireland's sunniest cities, the region benefits from a mild climate with cool winters and pleasant summers. Discover more about the city with our guide below.
Foodies will rejoice in sampling the culinary capital’s most tantalising treats. Spend your day strolling around the English Market; the oldest market of its kind in Europe where the stalls overflow with Irish artisan produce such as farmhouse cheeses, local meats and fresh seafood. Continue your foodie trail at the quirky Butter Museum, where you’ll discover a surprisingly interesting take on one of Cork’s most historic industries. Then it’s time to go hi-tech with the iWalk Flavours of Cork tour, taking you to sites including the Beamish & Crawford Brewery and the colourful street traders on Cornmarket Street. Finish off with an evening tucking into an array of house beers and mouth-watering mains set against a stylish, intimate backdrop in Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse. For lighter fare, try Gallo & Galettiin Bishopstown which serves up contemporary Italian cuisine made with the best local ingredients
Visitors seeking retail therapy are well catered for in Cork, with shops ranging from local boutiques to international chains. Patrick Street and Princes Street are good places to start, with a range of instantly recognisable names lining the streets. For vintage gems at reasonable prices, the highly recommended Mother Jones Flea Market off MacCurtain Street is worth a visit.
At the heart of the county lies Cork City, jam-packed full of cultural hubs and buzzing pubs. Explore the compact city with a pre-arranged local walking tour, providing an in-depth look at the city’s history and folklore. If you’d rather take the weight off your feet, Cork City Tours operates regular open-top buses. Culture vultures will relish in the opportunity to climb the bell tower at St. Anne’s Church to become part of the centuries-old tradition, ringing the famous Bells of Shandon. Other unmissable sites include the Crawford Gallery, an artistic institution since 1884 and Cork City Gaol, which offers a unique insight into Cork’s history both inside and outside the prison walls. Finish off the day with a traditional music session in one of Cork’s countless pubs or visit in October to join thousands in celebrating the best of Irish and overseas musicians in the eclectic four-day Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which takes place in over 70 venues citywide.
Beyond the buzzing capital, you can also find yourself immersed in Ireland’s Ancient East. Cobh, the port town where Titanic paid its final visit in 1912, is the anchor of east Cork and is located just half an hour from Cork airport. East Cork is also where you will find cheetahs roaming in Fota Wildlife Park, taste Irish country cooking in Ballymaloe, or turn back the clock in heritage towns such as Youghal (the spot where Moby Dick was filmed in 1956). Finally, no trip to the region would be complete without a visit to the world famous Blarney Stone and Castle. Located around a 15-minute drive from the city centre, legend has it that the stone holds the power to bless anyone who kisses it with the ‘gift of the gab’. You’ll have no problem telling all your friends stories about your Cork adventures afterwards!
Flying into Cork provides the perfect gateway into the southernmost stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, known as the Haven Coast. Zigzagging gently from dreamy Bantry Bay through Skibbereen and on to Kinsale, the Haven Coast is perfectly named. Hedgerows thick with fuchsia and monbretia border lush gardens; endless inlets and Blue Flag beaches promise long days relaxing in the salty air. There is something restorative about the temperate Gulf Stream climate, the peaceful vibe and creative scene, the wonderful artisan food, arts and festivals. And echoing all along this coast is its history: ancient sites, coastal forts and out on the horizon – ‘Ireland’s tear drop’, the Fastnet Rock.
Cork Airport is one of the three principal international airports of Ireland, along with Dublin and Shannon. It is located 6.5 km south of Cork city in an area known as Farmers Cross.
IATA code: ORK
Name: Cork Airport
Address: Kinsale Road, Cork, Ireland
Telephone: +353 21 431 3131
Cork Airport offers over 4,300 parking spaces with both short- and long-stay options available. Bus Éireann operate a direct Air Coach service from the city centre and Kent Railway station. From here you can connect to a number of national and regional bus and train services.
The taxi rank is located outside the terminal building. A taxi to Cork city centre will cost between €10-€15
A number of international car hire companies operate from Cork Airport including Avis. All the desks are located in the arrivals concourse and we recommend you book in advance to ensure a suitable vehicle is available.