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Many visitors to Cork don't realise how big this county is, and how beautiful its dairy green hinterland is. They're more interested in the dramatic wind buffeted coastline, with its fork of peninsulas reaching out into the Atlantic. The colourful little fishing villages dotted along this coast, and their pubs with warm, musical atmospheres and hearty food and drink are a big draw. Along calmer stretches of coastline are long sandy stretches, and some of these have become holiday resort towns and some of the best places to stay in County Cork if you're looking for a beach break.
Then of course there's Cork city. Racing Dublin to the title of Ireland's real capital - of culture, of cuisine and of lifestyle. A city with plenty of traditional Irish charm, but also a lot of youthful energy. And some great markets - this was once the European capital of butter production.
County Cork for the Beaches
Cork's western, coastal region is by far the most visited. Baltimore and Schull are probably the most popular holiday resorts, but if you're looking for a quieter stretch of beach try the wilder islands of Clear or Sherkin.
Eastern County Cork
County Cork's dairy farms are famous, but there's more than just cheese and butter here. Fresh local produce has inspired Cork city's culinary success, and there are some excellent cookery schools in this part of the county.
North County Cork
Is best known by anglers. It's got several long rivers providing plenty of fish in a beautiful, green setting. This is the best kind of destination for Zen and the art of fishing!
Around Cork city
See the cathedral, the old town and the beautiful centre, then head out to Kinsale and visit the old forts and the harbour. Kinsale is also a good destination for golfers, there's the Old Head of Kinsale course, and surfers.
Blarney, and its castle and famous kissable stone, are also just outside Cork city.
Cobh, in Cork Harbour is also worth a visit, for the views, but also for two great museums, 'The Queenstown Story', which explores the stories of the mass, famine related emigrations, and the 'Titanic Trail' - Cobh's was the last port of call on the famous ship's fateful voyage.
For rural luxury
One of the best places to stay in County Cork if you want a rural hideaway that is luxurious yet family friendly, then book Liss Ard. Here you'll find contemporary rooms, superb cuisine and countless activities to keep everyone happy.
For Cork city
- The River Lee Hotel is a large hotel, right on the river, as the name suggests, with a contemporary, yet welcoming feel. It's modern, but elegant, with the feel of an especially tasteful business hotel, but one with a great spa, as well as fitness centre.
- Hayfield Manor is almost as central, yet feels a world away: a county house hotel in its own secluded grounds. There's gourmet food here on offer in two different restaurants, plus a spa and family suites. Making this a great place to treat yourself, or your whole family.
Best Hotels in County Cork
Liss Ard House & Lodge 25 rooms from $115Skibbereen, County Cork
With luxury accommodation split amongst three different locations you can choose Country House, Garden Mews or Lake Lodge. Rooms are contemporary and sleek, and Liss Ard is very family friendly with numerous activities on site. Cuisine is governed by "slow food" rules. Perfect for a country escape.Child friendly - Liss Ard has extensive family facilities, including qualified child mindersFishing - The estate includes Lough Abisdealy and boats can be providedCountry EscapeGreat walks - Woodland and riverside walks on the doorstepRecommended by - I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
The River Lee Hotel 182 rooms from $115Cork, County Cork
Large contemporary yet welcoming hotel in the centre of Cork that works for both leisure and business travellers. Spacious rooms are tastefully decorated and many boast stunning views over the River Lee from large picture windows. Contemporary bistro, plus inhouse spa with fitness centre & 20m pool.Sights nearby - Situated right in the centre of Cork, just 10 mins walk from the Opera HouseViews - All rooms have great views either over Cork or the River LeeSpa - Award winning Urban Escape SpaRecommended by - Tablet
Perryville House 26 rooms from $136County Cork
Charming townhouse B&B. Bedrooms feature mahogany four-poster beds and furniture, elegant bathrooms and French windows. Tearoom serving breakfast and afternoon snacks. Walking distance from the port and cobbled town.Families - With a charming tearoom and garden, insightful history walks, colourful marina and cycling routesFishing - Equipment rental from Mylie Murphy'sGreat walks - Dermot Ryan's Heritage Town WalksSights nearby - Desmond Castle
Hayfield Manor 88 rooms from $166Cork, County Cork
Hayfield Manor has all of the elegance of a country house hotel in its own secluded grounds yet it is only minutes from Cork city centre. Stylish & luxurious bedrooms and suites, plus gourmet dining, spa and gym. Family friendly too. An indulgent spot from which to explore County Cork.Restaurant - Fine dining in Orchids Restaurant plus Perrotts Garden Bsitro for more casual mealsSights nearby - Close to all of Cork's attractions including the University and Shandon Chruch.Spa - Wide selection of Elemis treatments available at the Beautique SpaLocal markets - Cork's famous English Market is only 1.5km awayRecommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, CN Traveller