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Situated in the charming old Shandon neighborhood of Cork City, Kinlay House Cork is only a five minute walk to the city centre bars, cafés, restaurants, and attractions. We are right underneath the clock tower of the famous Shandon Bells, and around the corner from the Firkin Crane Centre and Cork Butter Museum.

Nearby places to catch a bit of the city’s culture are the Cork Opera House, Crawford Art Gallery, Everyman Palace Theatre, Triskel Arts Centre, Granary Theatre and Neptune Stadium. It’s a short walk to the city’s main street, Patrick Street, with all the shopping you can imagine, especially at the English Market. It’s a twenty minute walk past St. Finbarre’s Cathedral to University College Cork.


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Bus Eireann will take you to the bus station, where you can walk to the hostel in 10 minutes. A taxi from the airport costs between €15 & €17 Euro.

If you’re driving from the airport, we recommend you follow this route.

From the Bus Station

We’re a 10 minute walk from the bus station in Cork. The bus station is on the river, and if you face the river and look up to your left you’ll see the top of Shandon Church (a clock tower with a golden fish on top). We’re right next to that church. Walk to your left and cross the first or second bridge and then head up John Redmond Street. It’s not labeled but there is a yellow triangular building called the Dominican Centre on the corner and a brown arrow sign pointing up to Shandon. We’re right behind the Maldron Hotel when you’re going up the hill.

From the Train Station

We’re a 15 minute walk from the train station in Cork. The first part is easy; just exit the train station and turn left. You’ll be walking along MacCurtain Street for a while and you’ll catch a few glimpses of the clock tower of Shandon Church ahead of you. Keep walking straight, and after a set of lights it turns into Coburg Street. The larger Coburg Street curves to the right but there is a smaller street going straight (past the Abbot’s Ale House – a great pub!), keep to the straight and narrow! You’ll cross a main road and take a few steps up, at the top turn right and we’re right behind the Maldron Hotel.

Driving from the Dublin Direction

Follow the signs to the City Centre. You’ll eventually be driving along a one way street on the river. NEVER CROSS THE RIVER! After the 4th bridge, you’ll see a yellow triangular building called the Dominican Centre on a corner, take that street up the hill and you’ll see the Maldron Hotel. We’re right behind that. There is some parking available in front of the hostel and on the streets nearby. A Parking Disc may be needed during the day. Check the zone you are in.
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Driving from the Limerick Direction

As you head into Cork you’ll see two churches up on the hill on your right. The one with the clock tower is Shandon Church, and we’re right next to that. Make sure you’re in the right lane by the time you pass the Heineken/Murphy’s Brewery, and the river is at the next set of lights. Don’t cross the river! Instead, turn right and take an immediate right again at the Dominican Centre. We’re right behind the Maldron Hotel. Park in front of the hostel or on surrounding streets. A Parking Disc may be needed during the day. Check the zone you are in.
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Driving from the Killarney Direction

That’s a bit complicated… For some reason the signs on the highway take you a very strange way when coming from Killarney, but if you follow this route it’s much easier. When you’re coming into Cork the road will become a big motorway, and you should ignore the first couple of signs for Cork and the City Centre; if you keep going and get off the motorway at the Cork Airport exit then follow the City Centre signs from there it’s much faster.
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