Found on Ireland’s picturesque south-west coast, Cork is a thriving, colourful city, with pastel buildings nestled alongside waterways. It’s a great place to get around whether on foot or in your hire car, with the latter making the Blarney Stone and other nearby attractions easy to reach.
It’s often referred to as Ireland’s second city – although the locals might tell you it should be one higher than that. Our pick-up locations, including one at the airport, are conveniently located to get you on the way to where you want to be as soon as possible.
Opening hours:(Seasonal Location)
November-March: Mo-Fr 0900-1800, Sa 0900-1400, Su Closed.
April-October: Mo-Fr 0900-1800, Sa-Su 0900-1400
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0700-2400
You’re never far from the water in Cork – the city is built around the River Lee and also connected by Cork Harbour to the sea. From Georgian buildings to a thriving food scene, Cork is a quirky mixture of both the traditional and the brand, spanking new.
The towering spires of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral are one of the most famous sites in Cork. There’s a history of worship on the site dating back to the seventh century, although the Cathedral as it is now was consecrated in 1870.
It’s built from Cork limestone and red Cork marble, and the stained glass windows are remarkably well-preserved.
Ireland is justly proud of its butter, and although a museum dedicated to the spreadable stuff might seem to be spreading it a bit thin, a visit here will open your eyes.
The butter trade is a huge part of Cork’s history, and the exhibits here bring to life the dairy industry and its local importance, as well as the social and work conditions of the time.
Locals make big claims for the food in Cork, and time spent sampling the cuisine here backs them up. You can feast on traditional Irish fare or indulge in the burgeoning artisan food scene.
The English Market, a covered food emporium dating back to 1788, is worth a detour for the atmosphere alone, and it’s perfect for picking up produce if you’re self-catering. You can also join one of the Fab Food Trails, a walking tour that covers much of the best grub in the region, from cheesemongers to bakers.
Make a beeline for Electric, a captivating art deco building next to the River. It boasts the Fishbar – for grilled oysters with an amazing view – and a restaurant for Irish steaks and a formal but fun feel. Tell yourself you’ll walk off the effects of the dessert tasting board for two the next day.
Make the most of car hire in Cork and head 20 minutes or so east to Fota Wildlife Park. Here you’ll find Gibbons, Lions, Wallabies, Ring-tailed lemurs, Humboldt Penguins and Capybaras.
Many of the smaller animals simply wander around, and there’s a great education centre that explains many of the conservation projects the park undertakes. It makes for a great family day out.
Whether you’re here for the wildlife of Fota or the nightlife of Cork, you’re bound to fall in love with this welcoming city and its people.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.