Best Bar: Soho Bar (77 Grand Parade) is a sports bar by day with contemporary DJ's playing music late into the night.
Best Restaurant: The menu at The Cornstore (Coal Quay, Cork) has huge variety. You’ll have to book if you want a table here.
Best Shop: Home to the cream of Irish and international brands, Brown Thomas (Patrick Street,Cork) has everything from fashion and accessories to cosmetics and homewares.Best Kept Secret: The English Market has various stalls selling fresh food with a café upstairs on Saturdays.
Experience whales, dolphins and other sea-life up close on a Whale Watch West Cork boat tour. Visit the Whale Watch West Cork website for more details.
Eddie Brill, American comedian and who books the comedy acts for the David Letterman show in the US stated, “my favourite comedy club in the world”.
Tommy Tiernan chose City Limits to film his latest DVD” The Crooked Man” which was directed by Richard Ayoade from Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd. calls City Limits “The Best Comedy Club in Ireland”.
City Limits is the perfect size to see a comedy gig, big enough for 200 people, but still intimate enough that you can still see the passion in the comics eyes, come in and see for yourself this great club where comedians such as Tommy Tiernan, Dara O Briain , Colm Murphy and Jason Byrne began their comedy careers.
The fascinating story of the trade and its impact on the development of the city is told in the adjacent Butter Museum. The museum begins with dairy culture in early Ireland, as illustrated by a keg of bog butter. To this day, such kegs are often turned over by peat-cutters, who'll swear the butter is still edible!
Within walking distance from hotel. Admission: €8.00 for adults and €4.50 for children. Family Special: €24 Open hours Mar – Oct 09.30am - 5pm
Nov - Feb 10am - 4pm) Step back in time to see what the 19th/early 20th century was like in Cork both inside and outside the prison walls.
Within walking distance of the hotel. Admission charge is €5.00 for adults and free for children. Times: Monday to Saturday 10am -5pm and Sunday 11.30am to 4.30pm. The tower contains the famous Shandon Bells that visitors may ring. Shandon Church also contains a selection of rare literature.
Within walking distance from hotel. No admission charge. Times: April to October Mon to Sat 9.30 -5.30pm, November to April Mon to Sat 9.30am-5pm. The cathedral is filled with beautiful, highly ornate mosaics, rich carvings and fine stained glass.
Situated 10 miles from the hotel. Taxi fare costs about €15 and there is a regular bus service provided on Bus 8 at €5.50 per person. Admission to the castle is €12 for adults, €10 for senior citizens, €10 for students, €5 for children (aged 8-14). Family special (2 adults and 2 children) costs €30. Open daily all year 9am-5.30pm (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Blarney Castle is located in the village of Blarney, where the world-famous Blarney Stone is located. Legend has it that the Blarney Stone has the power to confer eloquence on all who kiss it.
Situated 15 miles from the hotel. Taxi costs about €15. The Midleton Express Bus provides a regular service. Admission costs €13 for adults and children under 5 go free. Opening times: daily 9am – 6pm. A visit to the Old Midleton Distillery will give you an insight into the cherished whiskey-making tradition.
Situated 10 miles from the hotel. Taxi costs about €17 and there is no bus service available. Admission costs €14 for adults and €9 for children. Times: 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am – 6pm on Sunday. Fota Wildlife Park has more than 70 species of wildlife in open, natural surroundings. Facilities include tour trains, a gift shop, coffee shop and picnic benches.
Situated 20 miles from the hotel. Taxi costs about €20 and the Kinsale Express offers a regular bus service. Kinsale is one of the most cosmopolitan and charming ports of Ireland. It boasts a great atmosphere and is now seen as Ireland's culinary capital. It is also one of the most picturesque and fashionable resorts on the south-west coast of Ireland.
Situated 22 miles from the hotel. Taxi costs €20 and train and bus services are also provided. Cobh offers panoramic views of one of the finest natural harbours in the world while its land mark cathedral clings miraculously to the town's steep slopes as they sweep down to the sea. Cobh is noted and renowned for being the last port of call for millions emigrating across the oceans in the last century.
Situated 18 miles from the hotel. Taxi costs about €17 and there is no bus or train service. Admission costs €6 for adults with children getting in for free. Ballymaloe Gardens surround Ballymaloe Cookery School which is run by celebrity chef Darina Allen.
The West Cork Surf School is Cork's premier surf school on the south coast, situated on the pristine blue flag sandy beach of Inchydoney and located two miles from Clonakilty in the heart of West Cork. They are the first established Surf School in Cork and are recognised by the Irish Surfing Association (ISA).
Royal Cork Yacht Club is located in Crosshavan and according to the club; it hosts "one of the best regattas in the world".
Established in 1956, the Cork film festival is one of Ireland's premier cultural events. The festival programme offers a mix of films and documentaries from all over the world as well as providing a showcase for the best of Irish film production.
For more information on things to see and do in Cork, visit the Discover Ireland website