Cheap flights from Cardiff to Cork

Cork is both one of Ireland’s most historic cities and one of its most modern ones. A visit to the city is an opportunity to take in a Medieval Abbey, modern art, stunning countryside and everything in between.

Cardiff Airport Facilities

Cardiff Airport is far too small to offer much in the way of retail and leisure facilities, but it does have everything a traveller needs for a hassle-free journey.

You’ll find all basic services are present and correct, including toilets, ATMs, currency exchange services, WiFi, internet kiosks and a charging station.  For the little ones, there are baby-changing facilities, feeding areas and play areas.

If you’ve forgotten anything essential, or just want to stock up on reading material and snacks before your trip, then you’ll be able to pick up what you need from the airport retailers and there’s a reasonable selection of places to eat and drink.  Last but by no means least, there’s the opportunity to pick up a bargain at the Duty Free.

Flight time from Cardiff to Cork

Direct flights from Cardiff to Cork take about an hour.

Getting to Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport is actually in the Vale of Glamorgan, about 13 miles to the west of Cardiff itself.  The post code for sat nave is CF62 3BD.  Take the M4 to junction 33 and then follow the signs along the A4232, A4050 and A4226.  If you’re planning on using the drop off/pick up or short-stay facilities, then you can use either the Eastern (Port Road) or Western approaches.  If you’re planning on using the long-stay car park, then you need to take the Eastern approach.

If you don’t want to take your own car, you have the option of using car-hire, taxi, service bus or private coach.  Alternatively, you can take the train to Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station, from where a shuttle bus will take you the last stretch by road in about 10 minutes.

In theory, you can also reach Cardiff Airport by bicycle, but there is no secure cycle storage at the airport, so if you are planning to fly yourself, you would need to have someone else take care of your bicycle for you.

Travelling to and from Cork Airport

If you’re using sat nav, the post code for Cork Airport is T12 AC0H.  Cork Airport is about 7.5 Km from Cork city centre.  Follow the N27 (south) to the Airport Rd Roundabout, where you take the 3rd exit.  Then continue straight on, taking the 1st exit from the following roundabouts.  As well as taking your own private car, there is car hire at Cork Airport along with taxis, service buses and coaches.

Things to see and do in Cork

Cork really does have something for everyone of all ages and you could easily spend a short break here just wandering around St. Patrick's Street, The Grand Parade and the South Mall, soaking up the atmosphere.  If, however, you are looking for some special attractions, here are the top three.

The Church Tower of Shandon

The Church of St Anne was built in the 1720s in the Shandon district of Cork.  Its tower has become the unofficial symbol of the city.  Not only is it coloured red (sandstone) and white (limestone) but its weather vane is in the shape of a salmon, reflecting the historic importance of the fishing industry.  The church tower is famous for its bells, which were the subject of the song "The Bells of Shandon" by Francis Sylvester Mahony and infamous for its clock, which keeps notoriously bad time due to the local winds moving its hands.

The English Market

In spite of the name, the English Market is a covered market famous for being the place to buy local delicacies and artisanal food.

Blarney Castle

Although most famous for the Blarney Stone, which is said to give the gift of the gab to anyone who kisses it, there’s a whole lot more to the castle including its beautiful gardens.  Technically Blarney Castle is in County Cork rather than Cork city, but it’s only 7 Km away from the city centre and so is easily reached by car or bus.  If you are going by car, follow the N20 towards Limerick and look for the exit signposted Blarney.  If you’re going by bus, the trip takes about 25 minutes and it will probably be fairly obvious when you are in the right place, but if in doubt, ask someone to tell you when you are at the Woollen Mills, which is just a short walk from the castle.

Best time of year to visit Cork

The hottest time to visit Cork is certainly in summer, from about June to August. If you’re not afraid of a bit of rain, then really you can visit the city at any time of year, even over the winter, as the climate is fairly mild.

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