Welcome to Cork
On a scale of size, Cork City falls into line in third place behind Dublin and Belfast while on the other hand Cork County is the largest county in the country by a mile. The Rebel County or to give it official title, “The Peoples Republic of Cork”.
The people are bubbly, friendly, musical and generally very good natured and always make Hen and Stagparties very welcome to their part of the world.
Lonely planet have just once again named Cork City as one of their top ten places to visit in Ireland, so what better reason do you need to book your hen or stag party here.
While life in Cork in the 21st Century has all the vibrancy, industry and buzz of a modern European City, just beneath the surface you will find all the signs of its ancient culture and traditions alive and well. Traditional Irish music with its distinctive instruments- bodhran, uilleann pipes, harp, flute, fiddle and accordion rings out of the city pubs today much as it did from the great halls of ancient times.
Music, theatre, stories, song and dance have always a central part in the everyday life of Cork. And it is with much pride that Corkonians regard their region as the cultural capital of Ireland. Indeed, in 2005, Cork was nominated European capital of culture, and that culture festival is still going on.
Per head of the population, Cork has more theatres, concert halls, galleries and art centres than any other Irish city. The Cork region has over 2000 protected structures and the City is known as the City of the Steps and Steeples a reference to all the churches and monasteries spread right across the city centre and the hilly north side.
For those on a culture trip for your hen or stag you could not come to a more exciting city with its marvellous architecture and imposing churches. The two most famous are St. Finbarre's Cathedral and Shandon Church with its 4 face clock, known locally as the four faced liar.
Visit the old English Market, where Queen Elizabeth recently visited and observe the locals buying from the maze of indoor stalls in the ancient and beautifully renovated market. While browsing you will also have the opportunity to purchase from some of the quaint outlets and relax over lunch or a coffee as you soak up the atmosphere.
The city centre is alive with options from designer outlets, to opulent stores, bargain shops and big brand outlets, perfect for a bit of retail therapy for your henparty.. The railway station is only 10 minutes walk from the centre of the city which is ideal if your hen or stag is coming in by train The bus station is also right in the middle of town, again making access for your hen or stag group really easy.. There are other sights to see and things to do as this area is packed with shops, art galleries, marvellous restaurants with all kinds of traditional, contemporary, classical, seafood and mediterranean menus. The choice of top class hotels with swimming pools, spa treatments and leisure facilities is superb while those sparing the cash for the night life will find plenty of economic alternatives.
For the lads there is also plenty to do for stags with karting, paintballing, watersports, snooker, golf, pitch and putt and plenty more. Cork loves stag parties and many of the businesses we deal with are delighted to help with your stag arrangements.
Cork has a great range of traditional and modern pubs, many of them providing music and food.
Henparties and stagparties will be spoilt for choice when it comes to nightclubs.
For options while visiting Cork for your hen or stag party, please refer to our directory of services.