Destination guide

Head to the historical city of County Cork

Enjoy the area's history, monuments and entertainment with a rental holiday home in County Cork. Travellers to this welcoming city praise the shopping, restaurants and theatres. With a holiday rental, you get a home away from home – many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in and around County Cork

Are you searching for things to do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that County Cork has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Douglas Golf Club (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • National Rowing Centre (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Old Head Golf Links (20.2 mi / 32.5 km)
  • West Cork Model Railway Village (25.9 mi / 41.7 km)
  • West Cork Surf School (26.6 mi / 42.9 km)
  • Lee Valley Golf & Country Club (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in County Cork

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, County Cork is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Fitzgerald Park (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Cork Harbour (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Ballycotton Cliff Walk (19.7 mi / 31.6 km)
  • Redbarn Beach (25.9 mi / 41.7 km)
  • Inchydoney Island Beach (26.3 mi / 42.3 km)
  • Fota House Arboretum and Gardens (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around County Cork

The nearest airport is in Cork Airport (ORK), located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, CORK (Station), Glounthaune Station and Fota Station are the main stations that serve the city.

What are the top holiday rentals in County Cork?

From luxurious houses to inexpensive log cabins, Vrbo has properties to match all tastes and budgets. Pack your bags and check out these top holiday rentals in County Cork:

  • "Asheville Treehouse, Luxurious": This Fairview escape comes with 4 bedrooms and is rated highly among visitors. Conveniences such as a coffee grinder and free toiletries are on hand to make your stay a comfy one.
  • "Perfect Luxury 2 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Apartment. 5 Star Reviews": Located in Cork City Centre, this popular getaway has 2 bedrooms and plenty of handy amenities. A printer and coffee and tea making facilities are just a couple you'll find here.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect County Cork holiday rental for you.

What are the top-rated holiday rentals for weekend getaways in County Cork?

Give these holiday homes a gold star! The following weekend getaways in County Cork have all received top marks from our delighted guests:

  • "Fantastic Luxury One Bedroom Apt": A couple of days away at this Cork City Centre stay will have you feeling like your good self again. Amenities here include a hair dryer and a microwave oven. When you're ready to explore, Farran Forest Park and Belvelly Golf Course are some of the natural attractions in the area.
  • "Beautifully Restored Victorian Townhouse Located In Cork City Centre": An equally appealing pick, this escape in Shandon comes with WiFi, off-street parking options and more. Muskerry Golf Club and Cobh Museum are nearby when you want to get your fix of nature.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in County Cork?

Easy to keep clean and with everything you need within reach, studio apartments are a fantastic option if you're travelling by yourself or with a pal. If you're on the lookout for somewhere small and intimate to call home, take a look at these studio apartments for rent in County Cork:

  • "Fantastic Luxury One Bedroom Apt" in Cork City Centre puts you within close reach of some of the area's leading cultural sights, including Everyman Palace Theatre and Savoy Theatre. Towels and free toiletries are a couple of the amenities you'll have at hand here.
  • Alternatively, unpack your bags at "Country Farmhouse Self Catering Accommodation" which offers towels, nearby whale-watching activities and more. Located in Cobh, sights like Labbacallee Wedge Tomb and Savoy Theatre will appeal to the culture buff in you.

Can I find short term rentals in County Cork?

Swap the standard hotel experience for the privacy and space of your own place. Even if you only have a couple of days to get away, you'll find short-term rentals in County Cork that feel like a home away from home. Here are a few to start with:

  • You'll be close to the heart of Cork City Centre if you stay at "Fantastic Luxury One Bedroom Apt". Make the most of your quick adventure by discovering top attractions around you, beginning with Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone.
  • "Beautifully Restored Victorian Townhouse Located In Cork City Centre" is another excellent option. Spend a couple of days or so at this holiday rental in Shandon and plan a visit to Blarney Stone and Cork City Hall, which are within easy reach.

What's the best place to stay if you're looking to rent a house for a weekend in County Cork?

Some people relish being in the great outdoors, others in bustling cities. If you're someone who'd prefer to hang out in a restaurant than with Mother Nature, consider renting a house for a weekend in the island city of Cork City Centre. Alternatively, make your way to the suburban city of Victorian Quarter. Wherever you spend your weekend in County Cork, you're guaranteed to have an amazing time.

What are the best large group holiday rentals in County Cork?

If you're thinking about taking a memorable trip away, don't go alone; take everyone along. You'll have loads more fun sharing the adventure with the ones you love. These holiday rentals in County Cork are ideal for larger groups:

  • "Farran House - Groups Of 6 - 18": With 9 bedrooms, this holiday rental in Ovens has enough room for you and all your besties. Amenities such as a kitchen and a fireplace will keep everyone happy.
  • "Riverview Kinsale Cork": Located in Kinsale, this spacious option has 5 bedrooms and is another favourite for a get-together with loved ones. There's a whole lot to keep guests both entertained and comfortable, such as a water view and a garden.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in County Cork?

In County Cork, you'll find lots of house rentals where you can make every day a pool day. Having a splashing great time will be your highest priority at one of these sought-after retreats:

  • Settle into "Waterfront Period House", where the first thing on your itinerary should be dipping a toe in the pool. This escape is located in Monkstown and comes with a host of family-friendly amenities, including free toiletries and a separate dining area.
  • Lounge by the water while the kids frolic about at "Farran House - Groups Of 6 - 18". This option in Ovens comes with a range of features to keep your gang comfortable, such as a microwave oven and a DVD player.

What are the best large family holiday rentals in County Cork?

The first step to any unforgettable family getaway is finding an awesome place to stay. If you'd like a home away from home with space enough for everyone, one of our large family holiday rentals in County Cork is sure to suit:

  • For style, size and function, it's hard to go past "Asheville Treehouse, Luxurious". Situated in Fairview, this getaway provides 4 bedrooms and useful amenities like a toaster and a stereo. It can comfortably sleep up to 10 guests.
  • Alternatively, treat the gang to a few nights at "Beautifully Restored Victorian Townhouse Located In Cork City Centre". This Shandon fave boasts 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 7 people. Spread out and enjoy handy amenities like coffee and tea making facilities and a kitchen.

Get out for the day and make tracks to West Cork Model Railway Village — one of County Cork's top family-friendly attractions. Fota Wildlife Park and Cork City Gaol are also must-see's while you're in the area.

Can I find family cabin rentals in County Cork?

If you're planning a trip with the fam, book one of these cabin rentals in County Cork and give the kiddos a holiday they'll always remember:

  • "Cosey Cabin The In Beautiful Peaceful Setting In The Wicklow Mountains" - Book a wonderful weekend at this getaway in Donard. Amenities like childrens activities and free toiletries will help make your stay extra comfy.
  • "Cabin - Perfect Getaway In The Wicklow Mountains" - Conveniences like a barbecue grill and a dining table also make this a popular pick with families. Head to this Greenan property and enjoy some time in the great outdoors.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the County Cork holiday rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom holiday rentals in County Cork?

If you're travelling by yourself or with your partner and don't need a whole lot of space, a single-bedroom holiday rental will tick your boxes. Enjoy a fantastic getaway with all the comforts of home at one of these properties in County Cork:

  • Spend a few days or longer at "Fantastic Luxury One Bedroom Apt" and find out why this one-bedroom rental in Cork City Centre is a top pick with many guests. A kitchen and an oven are just some of the conveniences that help make this stay a standout.
  • Or, throw your bags down and spend your holiday at "Country Farmhouse Self Catering Accommodation". A garden and a kitchen are just a couple of the many useful amenities available to use at this option in Cobh.

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