Car Rental Cork City

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About Car Hire Cork City

Car Rental Ireland offers customers a high-quality hire car service from Cork City location in Ireland. The service offered combines a high-quality fleet with competitive pricing and a user-friendly booking system. In addition, we provide you useful tourist information about attractions in Cork City and nearby areas.


When you rent a car with us, you will benefit from a customer friendly car hire Cork City cancellation policy, free amendments to your rental and a wide range of car types, from compacts, intermediates, people carriers, SUVs and luxury vehicles. All cars are supplied by Europcar.


Picking up your car rental Cork City

Our rental office is right in the heart of cork city only 8 minutes’ walk from the bus station on Parnell place. All you need to do is walk past the Union Quay and you are there right at the College of Commerce. From here you can travel to see other spectacular locations that are located outside cork city center.


When making a booking, you can request to drop off the vehicle at a different locations, this does come at an additional cost but we found that it is convenient when travelling between counties. It is recommended that you check before hand as some drop off locations are not open all day but Dublin Airport location is.


About Cork City

Cork City (Corcaigh in Irish) located on the south coast of Ireland, it is a second-largest city in Ireland and the largest city in the province of Munster.

Cork City is one of the oldest cities in Ireland and has a rich archaeological record. Cork was built on estuarine islands in the marshy valley and gradually developed up to the steep hills rising to the north and south. The earliest recorded settlement was the 7th-century monastery founded by St. Finbarr's.

Cork is a vibrant city, it offers so much for you to enjoy. Most of the tourist and relaxation spots are within a 10-15 minutes’ walk from one another. Cork City is just the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way route.

If you are feeling more adventurous, a Cork car rental would allow you to explore other counties such as Clare that is the home to Cliffs of Moher, which is two and a half hour drive away. This would also provide you with the chance to drive to other beautiful suburbs of Cobh and Kinsale where they have the best of fresh seafood in the region due to their closeness to the sea.

You can also engage in other activities like fishing, hiking, horse riding and other watersports.

Things to do in Cork City

Cork is such a beautiful County it has almost everything you want in a holiday destination, however, you would need to plan yourself very well to make it easy to see and do in Cork all you can while there. The first thing you would need to see in Cork is the Blarney castle and it is only customary to schedule time to kiss the Blarney Stone, the stone has been known to mystically gift those that kiss the stone with the gift of eloquence popularly known as the "gift of the Gab".


Cork hosts the famous Jazz Festival that takes place annually, the festival is one of the most successful till date it has been running since 1978 and it has had over one millions jazz fan from with around 1,000 musicians from over 30 countries playing at over 80 venues throughout the amazing city.


The English Market


Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. The Market is one of the oldest markets of its kind in the world. This establishment remains in the heart to all visiting cork but for most foodies, it is a must visit spot. You can check out the vintage stores or go up the stairs to try out the famous farmgate restaurant.

The market has become a multicultural venue, with a variety of fresh produce from around the world. It is still best known for its fresh fish and butchers, and it serves many of the city’s top restaurants.

There are over 4 entry points into the market with Patricks Street been one of them. If you are looking to getting your hands on Corks finest organic foods, then you are in good company as you will be able to get them in the market. It is one of the places Queen Elizabeth II visited while she was in Ireland in 2011. Looking to take some time, you can have a relaxing time in any of the markets Café/Restaurants to enjoy the wonderful traditional Irish foods available.


St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral


The Cathedral is one of the Corks most iconic building located within 5 minutes’ walk from Patrick's Street. It is indeed a historical gem in the center of Cork. Designed by English Architect William Burges and built from limestone and marble from Cork, it truly is a view from the outside or the inside.

The interior is magnificent it includes glass stained windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament, marble mosaics from the Pyrenees while the sanctuary ceiling portrays Christ surrounded by angels. The building has over 1260 sculptures to gaze. The main entrance into to the courtyard is on Bishops Street which will provide you with a very impressive view of the cathedral for great photographs to be taken at different angles from the road side.


You will definitely learn some great history on the guided tour and you will be kept entertained throughout, definitely a great time passer. You can also purchase some small religious artifacts there.


Church of Anne Shandon


Just fifteen minutes' walk from the main street, St. Anne's Church, better known as Shandon or the Four Face Liar because of its four sided clock tower, telling different times before being modernized, is a local treasure. This church has been described as, “The most important ecclesiastical structure of any period, within the Cork City”. You can enjoy the unique experience of ringing the world famous Shandon Bells from the first floor. Climb 132 steps and see spectacular 360-degree view.

Crawford Art Gallery


This space is beautiful, and the fact that is a free venture around many floors art from various styles makes it well worth stopping in. Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises over 2500 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations.

Cork City Gaol


Cork City Gaol is a former prison that because of a museum in nowadays. It is very interesting place to visit. You receive an audiobook as you walk around which explain each part of the jail and introduce you to some of the inmates. You are allowed access to most parts of the jail which shows you what life in the jail must have been like. The grounds are also quite pretty.

Day trips from Cork

Cork is almost surrounded by water and this gives you the chance to enjoy a lot of water activities especially when you travel to Kinsale, which is 25km away from the city center. You can go fishing with one of the best in the area to take you out fishing.

Cobh


If you are a fan of a Titanic movie you definitely need to visit this small village next to Cork City, Cobh. There is a lot to see and learn about the titanic and its visit to Cobh. Cobh, known from 1849 until 1920 as Queenstown, is a tourist seaport town on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland. One of the major transatlantic Irish ports, the former Queenstown was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. On 11 April 1912, Queenstown was famously the final port of call for the RMS Titanic when she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage.

Spike Island


Spike Island is home to Fortress Spike, the fortress built to defend an empire that became the largest prison in the world during the famine years. Over 2300 prisoners were crammed onto this beautiful 104-acre island but this is just a small part of the Spike Island story.

First, a monastery in the 6th century, then a smugglers paradise, before work began on the fort which would see Winston Churchill describe Spike as 'the sentinel tower of the defenses of Western Europe'. The Fort would house both the British and Irish military for over 100 years before it became a prison again in the 1980’s.

Today visitors can enjoy a short and scenic ferry ride before seeing the 1850’s Punishment block and modern prison cells, Irelands largest military gun park, the 6" harbor guns set deep in the fort's tunnels, the 24-acre star shaped Fort Mitchel and the beautiful 104 acres of this ancient island. Will you escape from Fortress Spike?

Fota Wildlife Park


Fota Wildlife Park is one of Ireland’s top ten visitor attractions and a perfect place to visit for people of all ages. Fota Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo. Wherever possible the park has chosen animals that thrive in a free-range environment, which allows them to roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors! These species are also able to adjust to the Irish Climate. Fota Wildlife Park is a great day out for all the family, there is a good mix of spots to relax and leave the children to play while you have a picnic or get something to eat from one of the cafes.

Blackrock Castle


Blackrock Castle Observatory is located along very nice walk line by the harbor, you can stop inside the castle and have a coffee or tea, dinner or lunch. Kids and adults will like it. Blackrock Castle is a castellated fortification located at Blackrock, about 2 km from the center of Cork City on the banks of the River Lee in Ireland. The observatory was originally developed as a coastal defense fortification in the 16th century to protect upper Cork Harbour and port.

All these locations would be providing you with a unique perspective of Cork.



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Car Rental Ireland - Cork City Branch Map & Contact

Our Address:

EUROPCAR Office C/O Lee Garage
11-13 South Terrace
Cork City
Co Cork
Ireland

Our Contact Numbers:

Telephone Number: +353 (21) 2400140

Fax Number: +353 21 4314359

Emergency Telephone Number: +353 1 844 1944

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