Emerson House

Relaxing, Rejuvenating, Romantic

About Emerson House

Cork's Finest LGBT Bed and Breakfast.

Situated in a leafy suburb overlooking Cork's inner harbor Emerson House is a fine example of a late Georgian townhouse. Whilst built in the early 1800s and retain many period feature from window panes through to floors,doors and fireplaces we also offer modern conveniences including WIFI. We also have private parking and it is just about a 10 minute stroll to the center of town.

The larger rooms are at the front of the house and have commanding views out over the city and across to the opposite hill about 10 miles away as befitting a former resident of the 1880s Maj. General A. Stubbs.

Indeed the Victorian novelist William Makepeace Thackeray did note in his travel journal in the 1840s the "pretty height that overlooks the town and the river and where the artist that comes Corkward may find many subjects for their pencil and from which you can see the prettiest prospects possible." Breakfast encompasses the range from fresh fruit salad,yoghurt and muesli to full Irish. The emphasis being on homemade and locally produced where possible.




Meet your host, Cyril


I would like to welcome you to my home. Cork city is noted for it's friendliness, has undergone a rejuvenation of the city and it's gay scene in recent years.

With a thriving gay bar, night club, sauna and many gay friendly bars and clubs, Cork offers the LGBT visitor a wide and varied experience.

Thank you for visiting my website, and I look forward to welcoming you to Emerson House in the near future.

Cyril X



Each unique, spacious bedroom at Emerson House is individually designed with your comfort in mind.

Each unique, spacious bedroom at Emerson House is individually designed with your comfort in mind. Each guest room contains beautiful antique furnishings and exquisite fabrics to indulge your senses and provide luxury accommodation for you on your visit to the city of Cork. Equipped with all the modern amenities you expect from Cork's premier guest house, bedrooms still retain the distinct magical charm. Each bedroom is individually styled with a character all of its own. When an occasion calls for that little something extra special, we more than happy to arrange a myriad of special touches such as chocolates and champagne to enhance your stay with us.

Guests of Emerson House Cork can avail of the complimentary private car park, as well as free wireless internet access throughout the house and guest bedrooms.

and tonight, I will fall asleep with you in my heart.


Emerson House is open all year round.

Bed & Breakfast starts from €45 per person sharing. All rooms are en-suite with complementry tea and coffee making facilities. TV and hair dryer are in each room, and an ironing board is available upon request

Pets are also catered for, and please mention this during your reservation. Prices are based on per person sharing, and a single supplement is charged for single occupancy of a double room.


Emerson House provides the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant LGBT friendly city of Cork, one of Ireland's largest cities, alive with activities and an invigorating atmosphere.

Cork city, voted one of the Top 10 Cities in the World in Lonely Planet's 'Best of Travel 2010' Guide, offers a wealth of beautiful shops, gay bars, restaurants, and many attractions. Cyril can give you a full list of the exciting events and attractions in the area at the time of your visit.

There is a very active LGBT scene in Cork, and as you may know Ireland has become the first country in the world to introduce same sex marriage on the basis of a popular vote, after the 'Yes' side won a resounding victory in the marriage equality referendum in 2015.

The city centre, all the highlights and attractions of Cork are a mere 10 minute stroll from Emerson House, and a further 5 minutes to St. Patricks Street and the heart of the main shopping district.

Explore this wonderfully exciting city from Emerson House, Cork City's premier LGBT guest house, where you are never far from the action.

St. Patrick Street
The main street in Cork City is where you can find almost anything you require, from books, music, arts and crafts, to high street fashion, sporting goods, jewellery and furniture.

English Market
Voted one of the top ten best food markets in Europe by the Observer Food Magazine, the English Market in Cork is an attraction which is most certainly not to be missed. The atmosphere, sights and smells make the English Market a shopping experience unlike any other in the city of Cork. These stalls are simply irresistible.

Opera Lane
The most recent addition to Cork's shopping scene is the Opera Lane Shopping Street in the heart of the vibrant city. The stylish and contemporary design of the complex merges well with the upgrade of Patrick Street.

Oliver Plunkett Street
This is the second busiest street in the city and is a long, partially pedestrianised thoroughfare with shops, buskers, cafes, excellent restaurants and historic buildings. Oliver Plunkett Street won The Great Street Award 2016.

A stop inside a traditional Irish pub is a must whenever you visit Ireland. Despite the smoking ban, and a fairly hefty tax-rate on liquor sales, the Irish pub scene continues to thrive and features as largely as ever in modern Irish life. Cork's main LGBT bar is called "The Chambers" and is located on Washington Street, but all of Cork's bars are LGBT friendly, so the choice is yours!

Cork confidently lays claim to being Ireland's Food Capital. With its artisan food and drink producers spread throughout the largest county in Ireland suppling our markets, local stores, exclusive bars, vibrant cookery schools and excellent restaurants and pubs, Cork offers the very best when it comes to gastronomic experiences. Cork offers a host of eating experiences for every palate. Food, glorious food!

• The Chambers Bar [Bar]
• The Roundy [Bay]
• Suas [Bar]
• Issacs [Food]
• The Market Lane [Food]
• Electric [Food]

No matter what you're interest we are happy to say that in the city or in the surrounding countryside, there is no shortage of things to do in Cork. If you have a car it certainly makes things easier but with an excellent local bus & rail network there is no reason not to explore all that the place has to offer.

Get active in Cork with a selection of over 26 activities including high wire courses, kayaking on the River Lee, orienteering through the city, walking trails, cycling routes and golf courses.

Cork has an eclectic variety of tours from city sightseeing buses to graveyard walks, food and drinks tours, music tours, military and social history tours. You can also venture further afield and enjoy the city's hinterland. Spike Island, Kinsale, Blarney, Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park and Crosshaven all offer tours are all less than half and hour from the city centre.

Cork City Tours

Cork lies on Ireland's south coast and is connected to the sea by Cork Harbour and a slim channel called Passage West. Emerson House is only a stones throw away from many different attractions and there is sure to be something for all tastes and ages!
Here are some suggestions!

• The English Market
• Cork City Gaol
• Shandon Bells
• Elizabeth Fort
• Blackrock Castle Observatory
• Crawford Art Gallery
• Cobh - the Queenstown story
• Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone
• Midleton Distillery
• Fitzgerald Park

The Wild Atlantic Way, 1600 miles (2600 km) in length, is one of the longest defined coastal route in the world. It winds its way all along the Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south. This route from start to finish unfolds the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and its imprint on the west coast of Ireland, and the stunning countryside in all its diversity. Enchanting villages are nestled along the coast as well as ancient monuments – their origins having long sunk into the mists of oblivion dot the landscape. Behind every bend on this magical coastal road a new delight awaits.

The wild Atlantic with its unrestrained and untameable tides and storms has continuously been moulding the west coast of Ireland. With a constant meeting of water and land, a deeply indented and wild terrain has emerged with towering cliffs, spellbinding bays and beaches, mystical islands, always changing and never reaching the end. In the isolation or perhaps expressed in a different way living near and with the Atlantic at your doorstep has ensured that old traditions and the Irish language have been preserved. A trip along the Wild Atlantic Way is also an encounter with the past.


What people say about Emerson House

  • It was a real gift starting the first night of my trip at Emerson House. Cyril is a very hospitable host. I appreciated his historical knowledge nearly as much as 1800 home. The particular room I stayed in was in grand style, and the hearty Irish breakfast was more than sufficient to fuel my day and travels. I enjoyed my walks around Cork and wish I could have stayed longer.
    Tom, Fremont (United States of America)
  • The building is ancient as advertised but we had all the amenities needed for a nice visit. Great for those who love classic architecture and art. The real joy however was Cyril. His friendly, funny and so informative self, made Ireland seem real and understandable. Always good advice about what to visit and what to skip. His knowledge of Irish history is phenomenal!
    Josh, San Francisco (United States of America)
  • Bien situé, on était enchanté par le charme de la très belle chambre. Cyril a été très accueillant, gentil, sympathique et nous a préparé un petite déjeuner chaque jour à rêver... TOP!
    Sampaio, Geneva (Switzerland)


Emerson House offers a fantastic base for guests wishing to explore Ireland.

Our location in Cork, Ireland's second largest city, offers the perfect base from which to explore all that the city has to offer. If you are planning to see a little more of Ireland, Emerson House is the perfect base from which to explore. Cork city has transport links to all major tourist attractions throughout the island, and is very accessible by either public or private transport.
Cork is twinned with Cologne, Coventry, Rennes, San Francisco, Swansea and Shanghai. As of February 2017, the city council is also in talks to twin with Bordeaux, Saint Petersburg and Miami.

Cork Airport is one of the three principal international airports in Ireland and is located on the cusp of Cork city. Emerson House, is located on the north side of the city, approximately 10km from the Airport, a 20 minute drive, which is the ideal location for visitors coming to Cork. Emerson House can be easily accessed by taxi or bus. There are also a number of car hire companies based at Cork Airport and should you wish to hire a car, we can assist you in organising this. We would be delighted to assist you with planning you visit to Cork. Emerson House is also just a short 10 minute stroll for the heart of the city also making it the ideal location to base yourself for exploring Cork.

Cork Airport has daily international arrivals from across Europe including a number of UK flights from London Stansted, Gatwick & Heathrow, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Liverpool, Southampton, Manchester & Newcastle. This allows easy access for UK visitors to the south of Ireland and with Emerson House being located so close to the airport, it makes us the perfect place to stay if staying in Cork or if you have a late flight arrival and want a comfortable night's sleep before departing for your next journey. There are now more seats than ever available to Ireland with the first ever flight connection between Boston & Cork with Norwegian Air International in 2017. These are the first ever direct transatlantic flights for Cork. This new service from Norwegian Airlines offers low-cost transatlantic access to travellers. There are three flights per week, operating Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from Cork Airport to TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Cork is now Ireland's newest transatlantic airport and it is very exciting for the Airport and the city of Cork. These new flights are offering a convenient & direct way to travel to and from Cork & the United States.
The station offers direct intercity rail services to Heuston Station and stations in Kerry such as Killarney, Farranfore (for Kerry Airport) and Tralee. Cork Suburban Rail services follow the Cobh and Mallow lines. A new commuter line also operates to Midleton.

Cork Parnell Bus Station is located only minutes from Cork's main shopping area on Patrick Street, Oliver Plunkett Street and Cork Opera Lane. Also if you are travelling on further, Cork's Kent Railway Station is only over the Brian Boru Bridge and just a short distance located on the Lower Glanmire Road.
Upon arrival in Blackpool follow signs to city centre. From Patrick's Street cross Patrick's Bridge and travel down McCurtain Street. At the lights take a left turn up Summerhill North towards St. Luke's Cross. Just before St. Luke's Cross junction turn right onto Clarence Terrace. Emerson House is on your left.
At the Bandon Road roundabout in Cork follow the signs for Dublin which will take you to the Jack Lynch tunnel. After going through the Jack Lynch tunnel follow signs for city centre. Take a left off the dual carriageway on to the slip road for the Silver Springs exit which will take you up to the Tivoli flyover. At this junction take a right turn and travel up Silver Spring Lane hill until you come to a set of traffic lights. At this junction take a left turn and then take the next left turn, this will bring you on to Middle Glanmire Road. Continue along this road until you come to St. Lukes Cross. Turn left at the cross and 20 meters on your left you will see a garage, and right after the garage is Clarence Terrace. Turn in here and Emerson House is located on your left.
When you arrive at the Jack Lynch tunnel roundabout follow the signs for the city centre. Proceed through the next roundabout (Dunkettle roundabout) and then on to Lower Glanmire Road, a dual carriageway. Take a left off the dual carriageway on to the slip road for the Silver Springs exit which will take you up to the Tivoli flyover. At this junction take a right turn and travel up Silver Spring Lane hill until you come to a set of traffic lights. At this junction take a left turn and then take the next left turn, this will bring you on to Middle Glanmire Road. Continue along this road until you come to St. Lukes Cross. Turn left at the cross and 20 meters on your left you will see a garage, and right after the garage is Clarence Terrace. Turn in here and Emerson House is located on your left.


Make a reservation.

2 Clarence Terrace,
Summer Hill North, Off Mc Curtain Street, Cork, Ireland
+ 353 (0)86 8340891

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