Towns in Cork

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County Cork Hotels

County Cork is famous for its beautiful countryside and fair beaches. It lies at the southern part of Ireland where warm currents sweep past the coastline and salmon run in the rivers.

County Cork has not the stark beauty of the cliffs of Clare or Donegal but verdant hillsides flowing down to the ocean making it a hiker's dream.

Because of the "free-spirited" nature of the people of the area, Cork is called the "Rebel County" and has seen its share of conflict.

During the Irish war of independence, Terence MacSweeney, Mayor of Cork, was sent to prison because he belonged to the IRA. He died at the end of a 76-day hunger strike.

Cork's most famous son was Michael Collins, who fought in the General Post Office as second in charge in the 1916 Easter Uprising.

This resulted in his capture and imprisonment but he was spared the firing squad and went on to rebuild the Irish Republican Brotherhood after his release.

County Cork hotels range from the boutique like the Old Presbytery in Kinsale to the antique, the latter being the Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff which was built in 1745 as a hunting lodge by Lord Bantry.

Perhaps the most breath-taking drive in Ireland is around the Ring of Beara. We recommend staying in Glengarriff on Bantry Bay - possibly at the Eccles - for the night and bringing along a camera.

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Bantry House and Garden

Bantry House and Garden is open daily to the public from 17 March - 31 October.

Civil weddings, Family celebrations, Corporate functions, Music concerts and book launches can all be facilitated here.

Bantry House has six very comfortable bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, all with very good views of the Italianate Garden.

Guests may relax in the Library or sitting room with a drink from the Honesty Bar, or play a game of billiards in the Billiards Room. The Guest accommodation is open from March - November, and bed and breakfast rates also include access to the House and Garden.

Tel: + 353 (0)27 50047
Fax: + 353 (0)27 50795


Hayfield ManorHayfield Manor Hotel
Cork City

The Beautique at the Hayfield Manor Hotel offers a sanctuary away from all the stress and demands of everyday life.

As you enter the Beautique, feel your senses aroused by the heat that cocoons you and the fragrant aroma of Elemis Spa essential oils.

Choose to unwind in the relaxation room overlooking the indoor heated pool, or indulge in a treatment, performed by our Elemis Spa trained therapists.

9 individually designed treatment rooms have been carefully fashioned to enhance your experience, with each featuring a chandelier and antique furnishings. Finish off your Beautique experience in the bubbling jets of the outdoor Jacuzzi, or in the revitalising steam room. The Beautique at Hayfield Manor offers a wide range of treatments for you to indulge in.

The Imperial Hotel Cork and Escape SpaThe Imperial Hotel Cork and Escape Spa
Cork City

The Imperial Hotel Cork and Escape Spa is one of the finest 4 Star hotels in Cork City Centre. Located in the heart of Cork city this luxury hotel is ideal for both business or pleasure. The hotel boasts a wide range of spacious guest rooms from classic and superior rooms to its penthouse suite. Additionally all guest rooms feature power showers, baths and complimentary WiFi internet access.

The hotels luxurious Escape Spa is where guests can indulge in its salt grotto as well as it's tropical, rain and mist showers. There are a wide range of treatments on offer in the Spa including hydrotherapy and Aveda massages.

The Imperial Hotel Cork also boasts sumptuous cuisine with Irish and Mediterranean influence, using fresh vegetables from Cork's local markets including the English Market. Additionally guests can also enjoy the hotels Food Hall and Lafayette's Brasserie.

Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel, Cork IrelandBlarney Woolen Mills Hotel

Nestled in the picturesque village of Blarney, just minutes away from the famous Blarney Castle our Hotel offers luxury accommodation, last minute holidays and is the ideal base for your Irish Hotel Break or Golf outing.

During your stay you will also have the opportunity to relax or get some exercise, in the fully equipped hi-tech gymnasium or even enjoy a game of squash.

You could also join in on one of our many classes and after that you'll enjoy a relaxing session in the sauna or catch up on your tan on the sunbed. Guests have free use of the fitness centre which includes a gym, squash court, sauna and solarium.

Guests may also use the pool at Blarney Park Hotel, just 5 minutes walk from Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel. Pamper yourself in our new Beauty & Therapy room for your extra pleasure, charges paid locally.

The Maryborough HotelThe Maryborough Hotel

While staying at The Maryborough Hotel in Douglas, Cork you will be surrounded by luxury and pampered beyond compare. It is hard just to know why you might want to venture outside the gates of this luxury hotel, but with Cork city on your doorstep and the charm of the countryside just around the corner, we know you won't be disappointed when you do.

For the nautical amongst you, a short trip to any of the nearby coastal towns such as Kinsale or Cobh will open up a world of water sports: sailing, angling, cruising or simply watching, the choice is yours.

Rent a car and lose yourself in the breathtaking scenery of West Cork.

A golfers paradise, you will only be a short drive from courses such as Douglas, Fota, Harbour Point and the renowned Old Head of Kinsale.

Midleton Park HotelMidleton Park Hotel

Situated in the bustling East Cork market town of Midleton, located just 14 miles from Cork City, this luxury 3 star Irish hotel enjoys an enviable reputation for its accommodation, conference and meeting facilities, and delicious food, all served in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

The hotel boasts extensive Leisure Centre facilities and has a Wellness Centre specialising in the Yonka range of spa products. 

Surrounded by excellent golf courses, Blue Flag beaches and childrens activity centres it is an ideal location for a family break.  With over 21 years experience in hosting weddings the hotel would be happy to guide you through that special days celebrations.

Perryville Guest HousePerryville Guest House

Poised in the centre of this medieval fishing port of Kinsale Cork overlooking the marina and the colourful streets with their forests of hanging baskets and window boxes, dripping Lobelias and trailing Petunias, Perryville Guest House and bed and breakfast hotel accommodation combines the grandeur of the past with the luxuries and convenience of today.

With the ambience of a private country home, Perryville House Guest House and B&B hotel has been stylishly decorated by your host Laura Corcoran reflecting her passion for interior design and Irish antique furniture.

Laura's sharp eye is evident in every detail from the blazing turf fires and scented candles to the baskets of fresh flowers cut daily from her own garden in Kinsale West Cork and displayed profusely throughout the house.

Shearaton Fota Island Resort Fota Island Resort
Fota Island

Just north of the larger island of Cobh, the scenic Fota Island is in Cork Harbor just off the N25 road from Cork to Waterford.

The island is host to Ireland's only wildlife park, as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens. Located 20 minutes from Cork Airport, we are centrally located for exploring Southern Ireland.

Discover Ireland's new luxury destination, the Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa, located on Fota Island in County Cork.

Tucked amid gorgeous scenery, we're just north of the large island of Cobh and 20 minutes away from Cork International Airport.

We're the ideal location for exploring southern Ireland. Golfers will enjoy the championship golf course set amongst beautiful parkland scenery, regarded as one of the best courses in Ireland.

Actons Hotel and Leisure Centre, KinsaleActons Hotel and Leisure Centre

Actons Hotel enjoys a wonderful location, set in landscaped gardens overlooking Kinsale's beautiful harbour and marina.

It has 73 tastefully furnished Bedrooms, gourmet dining at the Captain's Table Restaurant, contemporary Waterfront Bar, relaxing Lounges, Health & Fitness Leisure Club, and landscaped Gardens.

Kinsale is certainly famous for its variety of eateries, which have sprung up in recent years. There is a wealth of leisure activities available locally: horse-riding, sea-angling, clay-bird shooting and a maze of coastal paths all within easy distance of the town.

Ambassador Hotel Best Western
Cork City

Located on a hilltop overlooking spectacular views of Cork City, the Ambassador Hotel Best Western is a charming hotel located on quiet grounds in the heart of Cork City.

Just a few minutes walk from the main shopping business and cultural areas of the City the Ambassador Hotel is close to all amenities.

A feeling of generous spaciousness permeates throughout the hotel particularly in the accommodation area where the wide elegant corridors lead to 58 modern luxurious bedrooms.

The City and surrounding region is steeped in tradition and offers it's visitors a great diversity of culture scenery leisure activities and entertainment.

It's narrow alleyways waterways and Georgian architecture helps to give the city a genuine continental feel.

Bayview HotelBayview Hotel

The Bayview Hotel is a luxury 35 bedroom hotel, magnificently situated overlooking Ballycotton Bay and fishing harbour.

The hotels' location in Co. Cork is superb.

Cork is unique. No other county in Ireland offers such a fine tapestry of natural beauty, historical riches and sporting and leisure possibilities including championship golf courses, river and sea angling and hiking.

Throughout our area you can enjoy wonderful beaches, sailing, windsurfing, scenic walks and drives together with bird sanctuaries.

Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort

The Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort has 64 luxuriously designed guestrooms finished to the highest standard of comfort and style.

With its quality wines and contemporary Irish cuisine, any evening at the Inniscarra Restaurant will be a gastronomic
experience to savour.

Relax over a drink with friends in the classically designed Cormac's Bar.

We will do everything we can to make sure your expectations are not only met but exceeded. Whatever your reasons for visiting we hope that your experience here will leave you completely satisfied and wanting to return for many years to come.

Carlton Kinsale Hotel and SpaCarlton Hotel Kinsale and Spa
Rathmore Road

Located just 5km from the heart of Kinsale Town, The Carlton Hotel Kinsale is set among some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland.

Discover the region's rugged coastline, beautiful harbour location, maze of narrow streets, wide range of maritime activities, a myriad of gourmet restaurants and superb golf courses.

Carlton Hotel Kinsale is the newest of Ireland's Cartlon Hotels. Nestled amid tranquil surroundings, the hotel is set on 90 acres of mature wooded parkland with panoramic views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay.

It is also home to the first dedicated C Spa in Kinsale and features the artwork of local renowned artists through-out.

Caseys of Baltimore

The hotel overlooks the harbour, on the edge of the picturesque fishing village of Baltimore and commands grand views of the wild, rugged scenery which typifies this part of Ireland.

Casey's is s small family run hotel with just 14 rooms and every effort is made to make guests feel utterly at home and comfortable during their stay here

Enjoy a culinary delight in Casey's Seafood Restaurant.

After a busy day relax and unwind in the traditional Irish Bar.

Clarion Hotel, CorkClarion Hotel
Cork City

The Clarion Hotel Cork is located on Lapps Quay, overlooking the picturesque River Lee in the heart of Cork City.

Nestled within Cork City Quarter - Cork's newest business redevelopment, the hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travellers.

It is superbly located within easy reach of all of Cork's tourist attractions, shopping areas, bus and rail connections and many corporate offices. Nearby places of interest include Blarney Castle (12 km), Clonakilty (53 km) and Kinsale (28km).

Avail of extensive leisure facilities or dine in the Kudos Bar overlooking the Boardwalk along the River Lee. Ideal for business travellers also, the hotels offers air-conditioned meeting rooms with the latest technology.

Other hotel facilities include secretarial service, indoor parking, meeting rooms, hi-speed web access, currency exchange, babysitting service, elevators and bellmen.

Commons Inn, Cork CityCommons Inn
Cork City

The Commons Inn is an exciting development located on the New Mallow Road and just two miles from the centre of Cork City.

The Commons Inn is also well situated for visiting many famous places and scenic routes. Cahir Castle, Killarney lakes, Lough Gur, Blarney Castle, Kinsale and the Ring of Kerry are all within easy reach.

Local activities include: Theatre, Cinema, Fishing (fresh & sea), Hill walking, Golf, Cultural Centres (Historic Theme Parks), Horse Riding, Caving and Sailing.

Glengarriff Eccles HotelGlengarriff Eccles Hotel

Located in Bantry Bay, the Glengarriff Eccles Hotel is one of the oldest established hotels in Ireland.

The calm waters, (Glengarriff is situated on the Gulf Stream), are ideal for sailing and a boat trip to the miniature temple and splendid grounds of the famous Garnish Island (ILNACULLIN) is a must.

And, with activities such as golfing, pony trekking, hill walking and salmon fishing virtually on tap you will not be at a loose end.

Hibernian Hotel and Leisure CentreHibernian Hotel and Leisure Centre

A warm welcome awaits you at the Hibernian Hotel where old world charm and modern elegance combine to offer you the luxury you expect.

Many Festivals and events take place throughout the year providing entertainment of a variety ranging from international horse shows and major concerts held in the extensive Green Glens arena to vintage rallies, garden festivals, music festivals and cultural festivals.

The golf enthusiast will be spoilt for choice with many championship courses only a short drive away. There are three 18 hole and two 9 hole courses within a 15 minute drive from the hotel, so why not contact us about our green fees special.

Cork Racecourse Mallow is a mere 5 minutes drive from the hotel and lies on a picturesque 200 acre site on the banks of the River Blackwater. Frequent race meetings take place throughout the year.

For the discerning tourist Mallow offers the ideal base for touring the Lakes of Killarney, the Dingle Penninsula, the Ring of Kerry, the magnificent coastline of West Cork, the Old Midleton Distillery, the Queens town Story in Cobh, the Rock of Cashel and not forgetting the world famous Blarney Castle.

Maritime Hotel, CorkMaritime Hotel

Overlooking Bantry Bay, the new Maritime Hotel and Suites offers modern and contemporary Four Star accommodations in beautiful Bantry, West Cork.

Our one and two bedroom suites are ideal for families, offering flexibility along with many of the comforts of home.

Business travellers will enjoy state-of-the-art meeting rooms and conference facilities, and can look forward to luxury en suite bedrooms when work ends and relaxation begins.

The Club Maritime Leisure Centre, Ocean Restaurant and Maritime Bar help make the hotel a perfect venue for work or pleasure'and an ideal base for exploring the wonders of West Cork.

The Montenotte Hotel The Montenotte Hotel
Cork City

The Montenotte Hotel is sitauted in one of Cork's most exclusive neighbourhoods, commanding a spectacular elevated position overlooking the city.

Whether for Business or pleasure The Montenotte Hotel is the perfect location for your stay in Cork City.

Merchants Bistro which is open every evening enjoys a wonderful elevated position above the city. The ambiance is comfortable and casual with menus offering something to please every palate.

Oriel House Hotel Leisure Club and SpaOriel House Hotel Leisure Club & Spa

The Oriel House Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa is just 10 minutes drive from Cork City Centre and within close proximity to all transport terminals.

Located in the suburb of Ballincollig, the hotel is the ideal location for the Business person to access Cork City's western Business districts and is also an excellent base to explore the beautiful Scenic region of West Cork, Blarney and Killarney.

The hotel boasts a full leisure club with 25m swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and fully equipped fitness centre. The Spa which recently opened has 7 treatment rooms, extensive thermal suite, Rasual, aroma steam rooms, the exclusive Hammam table and relaxation rooms.

Quality Hotel and Lesiure Centre, ClonakiltyQuality Hotel and Leisure Centre

The Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre Clonakilty is located in the heart of wonderful West Cork and is the ideal base for touring this scenic and historical region and Kerry too.

You can walk to Clonakilty Town Centre and a 5-minute drive will bring you to the wonderful Blue Flag beach at Inchydoney Island.

Clonakilty has been designated as West Cork's Heritage Town by Failte Ireland, and a visit to the town soon shows why.

You'll feel at home here among the attractive traditional shop fronts and hand painted signs in English and Irish.

The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath.

Quality Hotel, YoughalQuality Hotel

Youghal is a colorful seaside town, which offers excellent shopping and leisure facilities.

It is rightly regarded as one of Ireland's most popular tourism resorts. The vibrant town is the Beach Centre of East Cork.

Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre, Youghal is located 2 miles from the centre of Youghal and enjoys a beachfront location on the beautiful and EU Blue Flag sandy beach of Red Barn.

Jury's Cork HotelRiver Lee Hotel
Western Road
Cork City

The River Lee Hotel is located right on the banks of the River Lee in the heart of the city. Vibrant business and shopping districts and a host of restaurants, bars, museums and galleries are literally within a few minutes' walk.

It has superb vistas of St Finbarr's Cathedral, University College Cork and the medieval street and cityscape that is uniquely Cork.

Springfort Hall HotelSpringfort Hall Hotel

Your hosts, the Walsh family, invite you to join them at their 18th century country manor home where you can discover a haven of peace and quiet - the perfect antidote to hectic modern living.

Activates in the area include: Mallow Golf Club-10 minute drive, Fishing (Ballyhass Lakes consist of two superb lakes stocked with rainbow and brown trout, ideal for fly fishing), Horseriding (Eden Hill include Show Jumping, Cross Country, Hacking and Trekking for all levels), and some beautiful Gardens and Parks can be found.

Trident Hotel, CorkTrident Hotel

Situated right on the waterfront, the Trident Hotel is one of the most spectacularly located Hotels in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Since its recent redevelopment, the hotel now offers all of the facilities and services of a 4 Star Hotel including an award-winning restaurant and some of the best luxury accommodation in Kinsale PLUS breathtaking sea views.

Kinsale is a beautiful harbour town just 30 minutes south of Cork City and 20 minutes from Cork Airport.

It has been designated an Irish Heritage town, having an important place in Irish history as it was here that the famous 'Battle of Kinsale' took place in 1601.

In recent years the town is renowned as a 'gourmet centre' bourne out by the fact that there are over 30 restaurants, pubs and cafes in the town and each year in early October, Kinsale plays host to the world renowned 'Kinsale Gourmet Festival.

The White House, Kinsale IrelandThe White House

The White House is located in the heart of Kinsale. Kinsale is famous for the beauty of its natural harbour.

Bustling with maritime sporting activities such as sailing, diving and deep sea-angling.

On land, the activities are just as numerous with 3 local golf courses, 2 horse riding centers, walking tours, and a fantastic array of pubs, wine bars, craft shops, and boutiques.

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