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Eco-friendly travel guide to Cork advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Cork, Ireland.


  • Air quality: 3 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 3.5/ 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 4 / 5
  • Public transportation: 4.5 / 5
  • Parks: 3 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 3 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 3 / 5
  • Safety: 3.5 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$80 - $400
  • Budget per day: US$50 - $200

Responsible Travel

The city of Cork is situated in the country of republic of Ireland which is also named as the second largest city of the country. The city of Cork is also known for its tourism and every year so many tourists pay a visit to this city as it has so many activities to do and some very fabulous places to explore.


Air Quality and Pollution

In recent times the city of Cork was under one of those places or regions which was highly polluted, the main reason behind pollution in the city of Cork are the increasing numbers of vehicles which are running on fossil fuels. The rates of pollution is also very high when we talk about the city of Cork and the local people of this city has to do something immediately so as to decrease the rates of pollution in Cork.


Respect the Culture

The city of Cork has a very rich heritage of culture and the local residents love to take part in the cultural programs which are carried away in their city. It is extremely important for the tourists to respect the culture of the city Cork, they should not say anything which goes against the culture of this city.




Top 10 Places to Visit

There are so many places which are present in the city of Cork where the tourists should definitely visit, all the places are best in it's own way. Top 10 places that tourists can visit in this city are mentioned below

• Blarney Castle & Gardens- Blarney Castle & Gardens is a very ancient castle which is present in the region of Blarney of the city Cork, this castle was constructed so many decades ago in 1446 and still this castle is in a very good condition.

• Blarney Stone- Blarney stone is a very popular tourist attraction spot which is present in the region of Blarney of the city Cork, this place is a must visit place for the tourists has this place is very ancient and the tourists will get to know so many things about the past of the place.

• Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral- Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral is a church which is present in the region of The Lough of the city Cork, the architecture of this cathedral is very beautiful and the tourists will definitely like the architecture of this place.

• Blackrock Castle Observatory- Blackrock Castle Observatory is also a very ancient castle which is present in the region of BlackRock on the banks of River Lee of the city Cork, although the condition of this castle is not so good as it is not maintained properly.

• Cobh Heritage Centre- The Queenstown Story- Cobh Heritage Centre- The Queenstown Story is a museum which is present in the region of Cobh of the city Cork, this heritage museum provides so much information regarding the ships and tourists should definitely visit this place.

• Spike Island- Spike Island is an island which is present near to the city of Cork, Ireland which has so many places to visit and explore for the tourists and have so many activities to do.

• The English Market- The English market is a very old food market which is present in the city of Cork, fresh food products can be purchased from this English market and ldo at very affordable prices.

• Cork City Gaol- Cork City Gaol is a museum which is present in the region of Sunday's well of the city Cork, earlier there was a prison at this place which was later converted to a museum.

• Fota Island- Fota Island is amongst the favourite places of the tourists when they are on a trip to the city of Cork, this island has so many places for the tourists to explore and the gardens will definitely fascinate the nature lovers.

• Fota wildlife Park- Fota wildlife park is a very beautiful nature reserve which is present in the region of Carrigtwohill of the city Cork, this nature reserve has so many plants and animals which are of different species.



Explore

The city of Cork is a very popular tourist attraction spot where more than a million people pay a visit here every year so as to experience the beauty of this city. Tourists can visit various different kinds of places which are present in the city of Cork, every place of this city has its own significance and is best in its own way. It is important for the tourists to hire a guide who can help them during the trip to Cork, the guide will help them to explore this place in a very proper manner and make their trip interesting.


City Parks

In the city of Cork there are so many city parks which are always filled by visitors as they find this place extremely relaxing, names of some of the city parks of this city are mentioned below

● FitzGerald Park- FitzGerald Park is a very good city park which is present in the region of Mardyke of the city Cork, this city park is ideal for the childrens to visit as here they get a very large ground to play.

● Skehard Road Public Park- Skehard Road Public Park is present in the region of Blackrock of the city Cork which is one of the popular parks of the city Cork, the atmosphere of this city park is very pleasant for nature lovers and they will definitely have a very good time at this city park.



National Parks

The national parks are the perfect place for the people who are nature lovers and in the city of Cork also there are various national parks. Names of national parks which are present in this city are mentioned below

● Garryduff Woods Forest Recreational Area- Garryduff Woods Forest Recreational Area is a protected area which is present in the region of Oldcourt of the city Cork, visitors will get to see so many unique and new species of plants and trees.

● Fota Wildlife Park- Fota wildlife park is perfect for the nature and animal lovers to visit as here the visitors will get to see so many wide varieties and species of both flora and fauna, visitors can reach to this wildlife park very easily by opting for any one of the public transportation.



Beaches

Beaches are ideal for spending one day with the families as people can do so many outdoor activities over the beaches. Names of beaches which are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Barleycove beach- Barleycove beach is one of the most popular beaches which is present in the region of Barleycove of the city Cork, this beach is maintained very nicely by the local staff of this beach and is very neat and clean. The visitors can be seen doing so many outdoor activities over this beach and some families might also be seen doing picnics.

● Clonakilty beach- Clonakilty beach is also a very famous beach which is present in the region of Clonakilty of the city Cork, the visitors also get the facilities of food stalls at this beach and they can eat anything they want to very reasonable prices.



Landmarks

Landmarks are one of those places which are favourites amongst the tourists to visit when they are on a trip to the city of Cork. Names of the landmarks which are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● ST. FIN BARRE'S CATHEDRAL- st. fin barre's cathedral is one of the most fabulous tourist attraction spots which is present in the Bishop's street, this cathedral was constructed so many years ago but because of this good maintenance by the local staff of this cathedral still it is in a very good shape.

● St Mary's Cathedral- St Mary's Cathedral is a church which is present in the Roman Street of the city Cork, this beautiful cathedral was opened for public display in 1808 and was built in a very unique Neo Gothic Revivalist style.



Museums

Museums are one of those places where people can gain so much knowledge of the place there are on a trip and in the city of Cork also has so many museums and every museum has its own significance, names of some of the museums are mentioned below

● The butter museum- The butter museum is a popular museum which is present in the region of Shandon of the city Cork, this museum has all the past information regarding the butter production and the techniques through which butter was made earlier.

● Cork Public Museum- Cork Public Museum is a must visit museum for the tourists to visit as here they will get to know so many interesting things about the past of this city, this museum also provides information about the archeology of the city Cork. Cork public museum is maintained very nicely by the local staff of this museum and because of this it has daily visitors.




Eat

It is necessary for every tourist who is on a trip to Cork that he/she should consume the cuisine of this city, tourists can consume the cuisine of the city Cork in any of the local restaurants. The cuisine of the city Cork is quite similar to Irish cuisine as so many of the dishes are very similar to the Irish cuisine. Dishes that the tourists can try in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Tripe & Drisheen

● Local farmhouse cheese

● Bacon and cabbage

● Smoked salmon



Traditional Local Restaurants

Traditional and local restaurants are ideal places for the tourists as this is the place where they can taste the local food of the city of Cork. These traditional and local restaurants of the city Cork serve quality food to their customers, anyone can afford a meal in these restaurants as the prices are very affordable and reasonable. Tourists can go to any of the local restaurants of the city Cork to taste the local food, names of some of the restaurants which are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Nosta Restaurant

● Goldie




Vegetarian and Vegan

In the city of Cork there are dedicated restaurants for both vegetarian and vegan people, people can eat their desired dishes whether it be vegetarian or vegan over these restaurants without any second thought. Vegan people do not consume any food which is made or cooked from any kind of the derivatives which is from animals, there are some restaurants in the city of Cork which are made specially for vegan people which serve vegan people. Names of some of the vegetarian and vegan restaurants present in the city Cork are mentioned below

● VeganKO

● Liberty Grill



Street Food

The local people of the city Cork love to eat Street food as it is ready to make and very delicious also, the rates of the street food is also very affordable in Cork Tourists can consume street food in any of the food stalls available in the city of Cork, although the quality of the food served is not as good as the food which is served in the local restaurants of the city Cork. Names of some of the places where people can consume the street food in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Soba Asian Street Food

● Ramen



Drink

The local people of the city Cork love to consume drinks whether it be alcoholic or non alcoholic drink, beer is one of the most common drinks which is consumed by the majority of the population of the city Cork. People who are below 18 years of age are strictly not allowed to drink alcohol in the city of Cork, strict punishments are there for such kind of people who will break the rules in this city. The local people of the city Cork are also very fond of drinking wine and it is also one of the most consumed drinks of this city.


Tap-water

The tap water of the city Cork is considered to be safe for the consumption of human beings as the amounts of impurities which are present in the tap water are quite less. Although the local people of the city Cork have water purifiers at their homes so as to filter the tap water properly and remove the harmful microorganisms which are present in the tap water.





Organic Cafés

The local people of the city Cork are very fond of consuming tea and coffee or any of the caffeinated drinks, people visit the organic cafes which are present in their nearby localities daily so as to consume caffeinated drinks in Cork. The organic cafes serve organic tea and coffee and both of them are made without any use of chemical compounds which are harmful for human consumption and can cause several health complexities. Names of some of the organic cafes present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Quay Co-op

● Perry Street Market cafe



Breweries

In the city of Cork there are some breweries which produce good quality beer, beer is one of the most consumed drinks of the city Cork and the local people consume it everyday because of its low alcohol content. Beer from these breweries are exported to other cities and regions of the country Ireland as the requirement of beer in this country is very high. Names of the breweries that are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● The Franciscan Well Brewery

● Rising sons brewery



Activities

In the city of Cork there are so many different kinds of activities which both local people of this city and the tourists which they can do, tourists will definitely enjoy doing activities in Cork which they won't be able to do in their own country. The city of Cork is perfect for the people who love to do adventures as it has so many places and regions where people can do adventurous activities.


Yoga and Retreats

The city of Cork has so many resorts, hotels, retreats and many such places where people who are interested to do yoga and practice it there. Yoga is a scientifically proven practice or technique which is gaining so much attention amongst the people from all over the world as it is helping so many people to attain mental peace and remain fit even after a tight schedule. Names of some yoga retreats which are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Real Alive Yoga

● Inner light yoga



Accommodation

Accommodation is the most important factor for the tourists and this is the first thing every tourist surf over the internet when they are planning a trip to the city of Cork. The tourists can opt for any mode of accommodation as per their needs and requirements and which fulfills their wishlist in the city Cork. The city of Cork has different modes of accommodation both for the local people and the for the tourists, modes of accommodation which are available in this city are mentioned below

● Green hotels

● Hostels

● Guest houses

● Apartments



Green Hotels

The intent behind switching to green hotels is that they are completely harmless towards the environment and are very beneficial, the number of green hotels in the whole world are increasing at a very rapid pace and so in the city of Cork as they are extremely efficient. In the city of Cork also there are various green hotels which are totally eco-friendly, the other hotels which are present in this city are also looking to convert their hotels into green hotels. Names of some of the green hotels which are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Hotel Isaacs Cork

● The Montenotte Hotel



Hostels and Guest Houses

Hostel is the most ideal and also the most suitable mode of accommodation for the students who came to the city of Cork for studying, such students don't have their local relatives or friends where they can live. Names of some hostels which are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below ● Sheila's Hostel

● Cork International Hostel


Guest houses is another very convenient mode of accommodation which is available in the city of Cork, names of some of the guest houses which are present in the city of Corkare mentioned below

● Kilarney guest house

● Garnish guest house





Apartments

Apartments have become the first choice accommodation between the middle class people of the city Cork, people can rent apartments from any of the apartment renting agencies which are present in the city of Cork. In the city of Cork people can rent apartments at very reasonable prices, names of some of the apartments present in this city are mentioned below

● Oakleigh house

● 39 Camden wharf



Couchsurfing

For doing couch surfing one must have a local relative or a friend so that tourists can live at their accommodation in the city Cork, couch surfing is a very common practice which is done by so many people of the city Cork. The local people of Cork are also very kind enough to welcome their relatives and friends with an open heart and provide them with the best hospitality so as to make their trip easy and convenient.


Camping

Camping is an adventurous activity which can only be practiced in a forest or a place which is thickly covered by trees or fkora, camping should only be done if one has a good experience or has taken training from an expert or else he/she might face some difficulties. In the city of Cork there are various camping centres where people who are interested in doing camping can do it over here.


How to Get There

It is very easy for all the tourists to reach the city of Cork as this city is very well connected with other urban cities and regions of the country Ireland. Tourists can opt for air transportation if they want to reach Cork in a very short period of time, air transportation is very well developed in the city of Cork. Tourists can also take a train so as to reach the city of Cork as this city has a very well developed railway network. Buses are also available for transportation in the city of cork as this city has  well connected roadways. 


Air

The city of Crok has a well developed air transportation and this city has one international airport where all the flights whether it be domestic flights or international flights both land and take off daily. The Cork international airport accommodates over a million people every year and the airport is spread in a very large surface area. People who want to travel through airplanes in the city of Cork can book their seats online without any difficulty and they can choose their own seat as per their needs.


Bus

Bus is another very convenient mode of transportation available in the city of Cork which both the tourists and the local people can choose so as to reach their respective destinations. The roads of the city Cork are very nicely maintained and are in very good shape which makes this mode of transportation very effective. There are various bus agencies present in the city of Cork, names of some of the bus stations which are present in this city are mentioned below

● Cork Bus Station

● Parnell place bus station




Train

The city of Cork has a good network of railways, the railway network connects the city of Cork with other urban areas and regions of the country Ireland. People can book train tickets very conveniently online in Cork and they can choose their seats as per their convenience and the ticket prices are also very cheap. The city of Cork has various railway stations, names of some of the are mentioned below

● Cork Kent

● Cobh

● Charleville




Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is only practiced in the city of Cork if there is any kind of emergency situation, local people of Cork are very helpful towards their fellow residents to help them in any kind of emergency situation. Although people are very afraid to practice hitchhiking in Cork as there were so many cases of robbery, it is extremely important for the local people of this city to choose people very wisely for hitchhiking in Cork.




Others

Other than buses and trains other very convenient modes of transportation which people can choose in the city of Cork if they do not want to travel in buses and trains are taxis. There are various taxi hiring companies which are available in the city of Cork which provide their taxis to the passengers at very affordable rates. This mode of transportation is the most costly mode of transportation which is available in the city of Cork so not everyone can afford to travel in it. Various bike renting companies are also available in Cork for the people who love to go on bike rides.


Moving Around

There are so many modes of transportation which are available for the people to travel in the city of Cork from one place to another. Tourists should opt for public buses or taxis as they are not aware of the routes of the city Cork as these two modes of transportation would be ideal for them. The city of Cork is just so perfect for the tourists to explore as it has so many wonderful places where they can visit and they can move around in this city very conveniently.


Walk

Going on a walk will definitely help the tourists when they are on a trip to the city of Cork to explore the places which are near to their accommodation, this will enhance the experience of their trip as they will get to know more such places which they can visit in the city Cork. Going on a walk is also very beneficial for health and the local people of the city Cork love to go on a walk everyday, there are various city parks in Cork where they like to go on a walk.


Bicycle

Tourists have the facility to take a bicycle on rent in the city of Cork, there are various agencies in the city Cork which provide their bicycles on rent to the interested people. Some city parks of the city Cork have cycling tracks where people can go on a bicycle ride, going on bicycle rides is very good for health as it is a very effective cardio exercise which keeps the heart stable and healthy. People should use bicycles in Cork if they have to go to any of the nearby places in place of vehicles so as to decrease the pollution rates.


Electronic Vehicles

Electric vehicles have so many benefits over vehicles which run on fossil fuels as such vehicles do not cause any kinds of pollution and are very good for the environment. The use of electric vehicles have not yet been started in the city of Cork but in the near future the use of these vehicles will definitely increase. In the city of Cork Electric vehicles will soon replace the vehicles which run on fossil fuels as they are extremely harmful for the environment and cause a lot of pollution.


Public Bus

The public buses present in this city of Cork are considered to be the lifeline of transportation as daily thousands of people travel through them and reach their respective destinations. For every route there is a different bus and these public buses cover almost the whole city of Cork. These public buses are always very punctual and they are always on time and the passengers don't need to wait for so long for these public buses in Cork.


Tram, Train and Subway

The city of Cork had trams earlier but later they were removed by the government of this city due to the invention of fuel vehicles. Train transportation is available in the city of Cork and daily so many people travel through these trains as they are very affordable. People can also hire a bike if they are aware of all the routes of the city Cork, while tourists can hire taxis as they are unaware of the routes of this city. 


Sustainable Shopping

Sustainable shopping is becoming popular in the city of Cork and is a very effective measure which is contributing a lot towards the welfare of the environment. The use of sustainably derived products has increased at a very quick pace as these products are not only good for the environment but are also very safe for the use of humans. The city of Cork there are various sustainable shops from where people can purchase these products, names of some of these shops are mentioned below

● Down2Earth Materials

● Carousel



Food Markets

In the city of Cork there are various food markets from where the local people of this city purchase food commodities. The food markets present in Cork provide heavy discounts so as to attract customers and keep them engaged, the people of the city Cork can very easily reach any of the food markets through public transportation. Names of some of the food markets of the city Cork are mentioned below

● The English Market

● Douglas Farmers Market



Flea Markets

There are various flea markets which are present in the city of Cork, the local residents of Cork love to purchase commodities from these flea markets. The prices of the commodities which are available for sale here are very cheap and affordable and every customer and afford to purchase from these flea markets, food stalls are also available in the flea markets of the city Cork where people can taste the street food of their choice.




Second Hand Stores

The city of Cork has so many second hand stores and their numbers are increasing day by day as people purchasing second hand commodities are increasing. Most of the day to day machineries, tools, clothes etc are available for sale over these second hand stores, names of some of the second hand stores which are present in the city of Cork are mentioned below

● Billys Secondhand store

● Enable Ireland Charity Shop




Eco-Fashion

The use of clothes which are made up or derived from eco-friendly substances or materials have increased rapidly in the recent times, these products are completely free from any of the harmful chemical substances which not only harm the environment but also harm the human beings who use them regularly. The use of eco-friendly clothes or simply eco-fashion should definitely be promoted as they are capable of decreasing the rates of environmental degradation to a lot of extent. The local people of the city Cork have also started using the clothes which are derived from eco-friendly substances and they are finding it very comfortable and good to use.


Recycling

In the city of Cork there are several companies and agencies which have all the enhanced techniques and all the required technologies which are required for recycling substances. Recycling is a very challenging method to perform and also very difficult process to execute as it requires a lot of precision so the people who have a good knowledge about the process of recycling should only perform this process. Although the city of Cork needs to work more in the field of recycling as they are still lacking behind and they have to include some modern machineries.




Waste

The government of the city Cork is opting so many measures so that they can easily manage the waste substances produced in this city. There are various agencies and companies which are present in the city of Cork which are assigned by the government of this city so as to manage every kind of waste in this city. These agencies are trying their level best to dispose every kind of waste which is developing in the city of Cork, they are also asking the local people to follow the correct methods of disposal and making them aware.


Work and Study Abroad

In the city of Cork there is a lot of shortage of job opportunities for the local people of this city and they have to work extremely hard so as to get a decent job in this city.

The students who are studying in the universities which are present in the city get good chances of settling abroad, although settling in abroad requires a lot of money so it is difficult for most of the students of the city Cork who don't have money to settle abroad.



Exchange Student

The Universities which are present in the city of Cork carry exchange programs every year for the students of other regions and cities of the country Ireland in which they get a chance to enroll themselves into any of the universities of this city. Students who don't have a good budget can study in the universities of the city Cork, students can study in way lesser fees than any other universities in Cork. The education system of the Universities of the city Cork is really good and students will definitely get a good placement after the completion of their course.


Au Pair

The au pair companies and agencies have helped so many people to provide them with jobs and increase the employment rate in the city of Cork. In the city of Cork there are so many au pair agencies and companies which provide jobs to so many deserving people so as to help them in fulfilling their day to day needs. Although the wages in these jobs are not so high and people of Cork have to do some other work also so that they can make their living properly. 




Volunteering

Volunteering is considered to be one of the best practices which helps the candidates to get a decent job in the city of Cork, the candidates or freshers of the city Cork also do volunteering to get a job and so many candidates succeeded in this also. Volunteering requires a lot of hard work and dedication when you are in the city of Cork and one has to have a lot of patience to practice it as the candidates are required to face each and every situation very calmly.




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