Top rated rentals — Cork
Destination guide

Welcome to the "real capital of Ireland"

Liberal and on-trend, Cork is one of Ireland's most captivating cities. In fact, ask the locals and they'll insist that Cork is the "real capital of Ireland". The city well and truly lives up to its reputation, with boutique shopping, cosmopolitan dining and a flourishing live music scene. Spend your time strolling along grand Georgian avenues, exploring the revitalized waterfront district and ticking off a string of urban attractions. Sound like your kind of city? From elegant townhouses to country estates, Cork vacation rentals make it easy to explore Ireland's 3rd-largest city.

Things to do

Get behind bars at Cork City Gaol

Once used as a grisly prison, today Cork City Gaol is one of Ireland's top attractions. Visitors can peer into the cells, stroll around the courtyard and discover what life was like for the inmates who were often imprisoned for little more than stealing a loaf of bread. From soaring spires and grim gargoyles to gleaming marble floors and a grand bishop's throne, St Fin Barre's Cathedral was built to impress. Set in the heart of the downtown district, Cork vacation rentals put you within walking distance of the gaol, the cathedral and more.


Eat your way through Cork

It's hard to argue with the claim that Cork boasts Ireland's best foodie scene. The city is brimming with fine-dining restaurants serving up "paddock-to-plate" cuisine. You can also get lost in the English Market, where vendors hawk artisan produce under a soaring vaulted ceiling. On a sunny day, there's nothing better than stocking up on gourmet treats, then enjoying a leisurely picnic lunch at nearby Bishop Lucey Park. For a quintessential experience, you can always bunk down with a pint of Guinness and a bowl of Irish stew at a cozy pub.


Explore Cork come rain or shine

Like the rest of Ireland, summer brings high season to Cork. Visit from June to August and you'll maximize your chances of clear skies and warm temperatures. Cork County is known for its rolling green hillsides, though the lush countryside is largely thanks to year-round rainfall. Don't forget to pack an umbrella, even if you're visiting over the summer. The good news is that Cork is loaded with indoor attractions. This means that even in the midst of winter, it's still a top city break destination.

Natural features

Discover postcard-perfect County Cork

While the city was once confined to a compact island, Cork now sprawls across both banks of the River Lee. As well as an ideal destination for city breaks, Cork is also a gateway to Ireland's southwest coast. It anchors County Cork, a picturesque region known for its rugged coastlines, rolling hillsides and quaint fishing villages. Rambling is a popular pastime, so don't forget to pack your walking shoes. As well as scenery, Cork also serves up a host of wildlife-watching opportunities, from whale-watching cruises to puffin encounters.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Cork

Fly into Cork Airport (ORK), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Cork Kent Station or Glounthaune Station to see more of the city.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Cork?

The heart wants what it wants, and right now it wants to take a vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and take off to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Cork:

  • Make the most of amenities including a fridge and internet services at "Perfect Luxury 2 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Apartment. 5 Star Reviews". Located around 0.1 miles from Cork, this vacation rental has 2 bedrooms and is a hit with guests.
  • Alternatively, make your home away from home at "Fantastic Luxury One Bedroom Apt". Located around 0.1 miles from the heart of Cork, it has 1 bedroom and features high-speed internet services and cookware, dishware and utensils.

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

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Cork?

Your Monday to Friday will be much easier to endure if you've got something wonderful lined up for the weekend. Give yourself something fun to look forward to by locking in one of these top weekend getaways in or near Cork:

  • Book a few nights or longer at "Beautifully Restored Victorian Townhouse Located In Cork City Centre", around 0.1 miles to the northwest of Cork, and you've got yourself the best kind of weekend break. You'll have nature hotspots like Mitchelstown Golf Club and Fota Wildlife Park on your doorstep and conveniences like a fireplace and outdoor furniture at your fingertips.
  • "Waterfront Period House" is also ideal for a whirlwind vacation. Around 7 miles to the southeast of Cork, this vacation rental offers amenities like heating and golf. Ballyhass Lakes and Cork Heritage Park should be on your to-do list if you stay here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Cork?

Studio apartments are hard to match when it comes to location, convenience and affordability. Take a look at these studio apartments for rent in or near Cork and experience a taste of the buzzing local vibe:

  • Make "Fantastic Luxury One Bedroom Apt" your home for a few days or more. This sought-after property comes with amenities including a microwave oven and heating.
  • Alternatively, switch to vacation mode at "Country Farmhouse Self Catering Accommodation", which comes with conveniences such as an iron and ironing board and a nearby marina.

When you're ready to step foot outside your studio apartment and go exploring, there's lots to keep you on the move around Cork. Interested in culture? Visit St. Colman's Cathedral and Labbacallee Wedge Tomb.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Cork?

Just because you only have a couple of days up your sleeve doesn't mean you have to spend it in a dull hotel room. Head off on vacation but still have the comforts of home at one of these short-term rentals in or around Cork:

  • "Beautifully Appointed Waterfront 4 Bedroom House With Private Access To Woods" is close to the center of Cork, which means you'll have loads of things to keep you on the go. Explore unique attractions like Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone when you're not chilling in your cozy pad.
  • Jump out of bed, make a strong coffee and then start planning what to explore around "Rustic Rooms, Self Catering Accommodation". University College Cork and Cork City Hall should be on your list if you choose to stay at this top-rated vacation rental.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Cork?

Vacation with others and boost your odds of having fun. Whether you're planning an action-packed escape with buddies for a family get-together, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and near Cork:

  • A wealth of amenities including a fireplace and a kitchen make "Farran House - Groups Of 6 - 18" a group favorite. This generous property has 9 bedrooms and accommodates up to 18 people. From the center of Cork, it's around 12 miles away to the west.
  • "Riverview Kinsale Cork" is another option that'll fit the whole crew. It's around 15 miles to the south of Cork, has 5 bedrooms and accommodates up to 23 guests. A water view and a garden are among the things designed to make your group vacation even more comfortable.

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

Nothing says fun and frivolity like a pool does. Grab your inflatable swan and check out these houses in or near Cork that feature this vacation must-have:

  • Round up your gang and enjoy a memorable break at "Waterfront Period House". There's plenty to love about this getaway apart from its pool, such as towels and a barbecue grill.
  • "Farran House - Groups Of 6 - 18" is the sort of place you go to leave the everyday behind and appreciate your surroundings, starting with its pool. A barbecue grill and childrens activities are also on hand to make your visit comfortable and convenient.

Cork has an oceanic climate, with average summertime temperatures fluctuating between 50 ºF and 65 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summertime to visit. Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Cork vacation rental and organize your getaway for any time of year.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Cork?

Every get-together with the family should be a memorable one. Whether you're planning some time off with the kids or a reunion with relatives, our large family vacation rentals in or near Cork offer a home away from home with plenty of space for everyone:

  • Get your group under the same roof at "Beautifully Restored Victorian Townhouse Located In Cork City Centre", which has 3 bedrooms that sleep up to 7 guests. This getaway is located 0.1 miles to the northwest of Cork and comes with amenities such as a dishwasher and towels.
  • "Waterfront Period House" also offers the space you need to make memories with loved ones. This option is around 7 miles to the southeast of Cork, and accommodates 8 guests in its 4 bedrooms. A TV and a dining table will help keep everyone content and comfortable.

When it's time to step outside your front door, there are loads of family-friendly attractions in the area to keep everyone entertained. West Cork Model Railway Village, Fota Wildlife Park and Cork City Gaol should be top of your agenda.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Cork?

Absolutely. There are plenty of one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Cork. If you don't need a lot of space, one of these properties might be just the ticket:

  • It's true! Good things come in little packages, and "Fantastic Luxury One Bedroom Apt" is a fantastic example of this. This one-bedroom vacation rental is just a short distance from the center and offers amenities like a kitchen and high-speed internet services.
  • "1 Bedroom Apartment" is another stylish one-bedroom escape also a stone's throw from the center. When you're not out and about seeing the surrounds, make the most of a sauna, a garden and more.

Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Cork?

Yes, you can. From swish apartments to comfy cabins, Vrbo offers a selection of rental places. Small families will love these two-bedroom options in or near Cork:

  • "Perfect Luxury 2 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Apartment. 5 Star Reviews" is a perfect choice for families or small groups. As well as two bedrooms, this delightful stay offers handy amenities like a kitchen and high-speed internet services.
  • "Great Location Spacious Apartment Cork" is another pleasant two-bedroom retreat. It provides a kitchen, a TV and loads more.

Are there vacation rentals with fire pits in or near Cork?

If you love the idea of snuggling up beside a campfire but aren't super into the "camping" part, a vacation rental with a fire pit is a great way to go. Enjoy the conveniences of home at one of these properties in or near Cork that come with this nice little perk:

  • Reconnect, laugh and sing with family and friends around the fire pit at "Heavenly Peace, Magnificent View". This retreat offers plenty of other top amenities, including a kitchen and a swimming pool.
  • Alternatively, let the flickering flames lull you into a state of peace and relaxation at "Family Friendly Self Catering Rural Escape In Stylish Surroundings". When you're not socializing around the fire pit, make use of conveniences like a garden and a fireplace.