Cork is Ireland’s second city and capital of the ancient province of Munster. It is a small city with a population of 150,000 and a compact city centre. Yet, it has all the facilities of a modern city, as befits its status as the commercial, cultural and political capital of the South. Cork is located on the South Coast and is accessible through Cork international Airport and Ferryport as well as through an excellent Bus and Rail Network departing from all major Irish cities.
CEC IELTS Centre is conveniently located in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Cork City.
Saint Patrick’s Bridge,
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The morning session of the test which includes Listening, Reading and Writing sections takes place at the Metropole Hotel on Maccurtain street, Cork City. The hotel website https://www.themetropolehotel.ie/ will give you information about the hotel and it’s facilities.
The Speaking section takes place in the afternoon at Cork English College. It is very important that you carefully check the address and information you are emailed before the test date for the test location. Test takers who arrive late or miss the test due to arriving at the wrong location will not be entitled to a refund or a test date transfer. The full test details are usually emailed to candidates approximately 1 week before the test. Please check your email inbox and junk mail inbox regularly. You may also wish to list our email address firstname.lastname@example.org as ‘not junk mail’ or ‘safe’ in your email provider’s settings. If you have not received the confirmation email or there is a problem with your email box, please give us a call on 0214551522. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.30pm. Please note that the IELTS office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Getting to Cork
Iarnrod Eireann services Kent Station Cork which is 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Services operate to most of the country including to Dublin, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford. Cork- Kent Station is located just off Railway Street, Lower Glanmire Road.
Cork airport is located just 8km from Cork City, and operates daily domestic and international flights to and from Cork. The best way to get into the city is the shuttle service. This runs every half hour from outside the arrivals hall and the service is available 7 days a week. The trip takes 10-15 minutes.
The Port of Cork operates seasonal Ferry services to Roscoff. Ferris from Britain (Fishguard and Pembroke) and France (Le Havre and Cherbourg) serve Rosslare all year. The driving time from Rosslare to Cork is approximately 3 hours.
Getting around Cork
Bus Eireann operates 18 routes serving the city, as well as 17 suburban most of which run from early in the morning until around midnight. Many of these routes also connect the city with its environs. The bus station is located a short walk from the city centre, on Parnell Place.
With its compact city centre, Cork is an easy city to get around on foot. A lot of the main shopping areas are open to pedestrians only. As well as this, many of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other.
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There are a lot of taxis in the city and rates are quite reasonable. The main taxi rank is located on St. Patrick’s Street and offers late night services. The taxis, which you can pick up outside Brown Thomas, run from 12 midnight right up to 3.30am on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are also a huge variety of Taxi companies that can be pre-booked in Cork. These include: Cork Taxi Co-Op (Tel : 00353 21 4272222), Shandon Taxi Cabs (Tel: 00353 21 4502255) and Douglas Street Cabs.