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Staycation – The Best Vacation In Cork City

Who doesn’t love the gorgeous weather we are having right now?  The long evenings?  The joy of exploring all the beauty within our 5km radius?  Who has discovered streets they didn’t know existed, noticed unusual coloured birds, heard leaves and branches rustling, the sounds of children playing, realized that the tops of some buildings host some truly spectacular stonework?    Time in this new restricted world of ours can be bleak but there is no denying that it has afforded …

Blarney Castle, Cork

Short Day Trips from Hotel Isaacs in Cork City

City life is great, especially in the gorgeous city of Cork. We have everything we need practically on the doorstep of our Hotel Isaacs Cork; great shopping, interesting museums and cathedrals and the best pub culture you could hope for. Despite everything in the city, it’s good to escape from the big smoke and explore the wilder parts of the county on a day trip. If you’ve seen enough of city life and want to explore the picturesque harbours, castles …

couple paying a visit to the colourful shops of Kinsale Co Cork

An Insider’s Guide To Cork Slang

“All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry” or so G.K. Chesterton says. One of the many questions we get asked at Hotel Isaacs is if there are any colloquialisms that are typical of the Cork region that visitors should be aware of.  With this question in mind, we have put our creative heads together to create an insider’s guide to some of Cork’s best slang with the English translations beside it.  As you explore our great city, …


Top 5 Romantic Things To Do In Cork City

Love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again! Slowly but surely (or too fast some may argue), the shops are stocking up with all things red and pink, hearts and flowers and everything sickly sweet for the delight (or nightmare) that is Valentine’s Day! Here, at Hotel Isaacs, we have put together a list of our top five romantic things to do in our favourite city of Cork.  A Romantic Walk Along The North Channel of Cork’s …


Cork’s Hidden Treasure: Triskel Christchurch

Going to the cinema may not be seen as one of the best things to do when one is visiting a new place. Who wants to be stuck in a dark auditorium when there are sights to be seen, places to be explored and bars to be frequented? Well, let what you know about cinemas be overturned and say hello to Triskel Christchurch, a thriving arts and cultural centre in the heart of Cork City. Triskel Christchurch History Located less than …

Cork City Passion Point Shoot

Nano Nagle Place – History, Calm and Inspiration in Cork City

Opened last summer, the Nano Nagle Centre is the new kid on the block on Cork’s eclectic visitor trail and is a must for any visitor looking for something a little different, something beyond the typical museum or gallery experience. The €10.5 million refurbishments of a historic convent and school as a heritage centre serves as a fantastic living showcase of one of Ireland’s greatest social justice pioneers. The Nano Nagle Centre Located just a 10-minute walk from our city-centre …