What’s Cork City like?
Cork City itself is a relatively small, compact & friendly city, where pretty much everything is within walking distance from the city centre. There is always something going on with festivals, gigs and exhibitions etc so there always tends to be a buzzy atmosphere.
To most easily explore Cork’s hinterland it is probably best to hire a car, but if you have the time it is very easy to get to key locations such as Cobh, Blarney, Midleton, Kinsale etc by public transport.
Most important clothing items.
A good pair of walking shoes and a rain jacket. It doesn’t always rain, but we tend to prepare for rain and when it doesn’t happen it’s a bonus!
When is the best time to visit?
Cork has a mild year round climate so it is very much a year round destination. Weather though tends to be better from Easter to September and the city and county vibrate to the sound of music and festivals.
The winter months are definitely quieter but Cork city continues to have attractions that are always popular.
Smoking in public areas.
There is a complete ban on smoking in Ireland wherever people are employed. This includes restaurants, bars, public areas of hotels and tourist facilities. However, pretty much every reputable venue has designated sheltered smoking areas to accommodate smokers.
Health & Safety.
There are no compulsory vaccinations that are required for travel to Ireland and tap water is safe to drink.
Cork City is renowned for being safer than most European cities and it is generally quite safe to walk the streets late in to the night while county towns & villages remain very peaceful in the evenings. As with all things, common sense should dictate your behaviour. Particularly late into the night after the pubs close. Drugs are illegal in Ireland whether for sale or consumption.
Banks & Banking
Ireland is part of the Euro zone and accordingly uses the Euro currency. Coins come in denominations of 1,2,5,10, 20 & 50 cents and €1.00 & €2.00 coins while notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro notes.
ATM’s (cash machines) are widely available throughout the city and region. While money & traveller cheques can be exchanged at banks (1000 – 1600 Mon – Fri). The two major high street banks are Allied Irish Banks (AIB) and Bank of Ireland and these are found in most towns throughout the country.
Credit Cards are widely accepted in shops, restaurants, hotels etc.