It’s home to the infamous artist and prankster Banksy, so it’s no surprise Bristol is a creative hotbed.
Now that Aer Lingus is flying directly from Cork to Bristol daily, there’s never been a better excuse to pop over and check it out.
The breeding ground of musical acts like Massive Attack and Portishead, many of the city’s old industrial neighbourhoods have been rejuvenated with plenty of cool cafés to caffeinate your rambles.
National Geographic Traveller even named Bristol one of their coolest cities in the world last year, owing to its rocking music scene and a wealth of buzzy new restaurants and bars.
The best bit? The flight is only one hour and twenty minutes from Cork and prices are from €49.99 one way.
Here are five fabulous AirBNBs to book for your trip:
The dome with a view
If it’s a country escape you’re craving, this fabulous geodesic dome is set in beautiful private woodlands located between Bath and the Cotswolds. The 36 acre farm boasts views across the Severn and into Wales.
Inside you’ll find two single futons and one double, with a gas BBQ for cooking, a wood burning stove, a composting loo and a lovely open air shower with lots of hot water.
The Georgian Townhouse
This beautiful basement flat is in a grade II listed Georgian home.
It’s also a five minute stroll from all of the main restaurants, bars, shops and tourist attractions – the infamous Royal Crescent is just two streets away – making it ideal for a weekend break with mates.
The Love Hut
This adorable shepherd’s hut is a warm and cosy nest for a couple’s escape.
With central heating, power shower, kitchen, TV, Netflix and a jacuzzi, it’s also just a short stroll along the canal into town.
Price: From €139 per night
The Toll Keeper’s House
Originally a toll house, dating from 1827, this two-bedroom city centre property is built over three floors.
The interior has been beautifully refurbished and the garden slopes down to the water’s edge, where you’ll find a terrace and summerhouse perfect for afternoon barbecues or pre-dinner drinks.
The strawbale home
This unique home is made entirely of natural materials – timber and straw. Beautifully fitted out and elegantly designed, it boasts a double bedroom with ensuite shower and WC, open plan living room kitchen, a large sunny deck and a fold-out futon sofa-bed. You can catch buses into town (20 minutes away) from nearby Leinster Avenue.
Price: Sleeps four from €43 per night.