You can pick your car hire cork up at the Cork Airport, your hotel or the city center, whichever is easiest for you, and from there you can start your Cork break or your journey through southern Ireland. Having a hire car gives you the advantages of being able to drive where and when you want, while staying in the comfort and warmth of a car. Using the online comparison portal HAPPYCAR gives you the chance to find your perfect rental car by filtering for size, location, and type of insurance when we compare the prices of international and local suppliers to give you the best offers.
The city is the second largest in the Republic of Ireland, located on the River Lee. It was founded over 1,000 years ago as a merchant city and is now a buzzing multicultural 21st century city, thanks to its high population of students.
St. Fin Barres Cathedral was completed in 1879 in a French Gothic style and it was built on the spot of Cork's patron saint, St. Finbarre, who founded his monastery in the 7th century. There is a legend concerning the golden angel on the exterior of the church that her horn will sound when the apocalypse is due to begin.
Use your hire car cork to reach this Cork City Gaol located just outside the city. This old prison shows the visitor the quality of life for prisoners 100 years ago, most of which would have only been sent here for petty crime, and there are restored cells and models of prisoners and guards. Following the prisons closure in the early 1920's its was reopened as a radio station in the late 1920's and is now a radio museum as well as a prison exhibition.
Overlooking the city, the outer walls of this star shaped fort is all that remains from the original Elizabeth Fort. Following it being burned down in the Civil War, it has served has a fort, a prison, a barracks and now a police station. You can find events being hosted at the fort, from markets to re-enactments.
English market offers fresh and local food such as cheeses and meats, with the best being its selection of fresh fish as well as imported foods dating back to the late 18th century. These make this market is a favorite for tourists and locals alike.
Beamish and Crawford Brewery was founded in the 18th century and it used to be the largest brewery in Ireland until Guinness overtook it in the 1830's. The brewery is housed in a lovely Tudor building and is a must visit for any beer lover.
Cork Public Museum showcases the history of the city and the county of Cork, the museum features artifacts dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as an impressive gold crafted bird.
Cork Vision Center is located in a church dating back to the 1700's. It houses a model replica of the entire city as well as a photographic exhibition showcasing a series of black and white photos of the city from up to a hundred years ago.
Use your hire car Cork to explore the wonderful region. A short drive away is the historical Blarney castle which was built in the medieval era, 15th century in the McCarthy Dynasty. The castle is not what used be and there are many ruins about but it is still worth a visit. You can try kissing the Blarney Stone, said to bring forth your emotions. The castle also has some great grounds through which you can take a stroll.
Use your rental car Cork to get to the small port town of Cogh, it was the last port of call for RMS Titanic and also the town is famous for being the largest port for emigration in Ireland, with over a million people passing through it on their way to the new world. If you want to learn more about the Titanic, you can make your way over to Southampton to discover the city with a strong connect to both the water and air.
Having a hire car Cork gives you the freedom to explore the wonderful city and region at your own pleasure. Within a few clicks you could have your ideal car booked.