The most famous attraction is Blarney Castle, a beautiful castle set in parkland and home to the renowned Blarney Stone, which many visitors like to kiss, with the legend stating that anyone who does so will be granted with the ‘gift of the gab’ – eloquence, or a talent for flattery. It’s just outside Cork but there will be excursions available.
In Cork itself, you should see Elizabeth Fort, with views over the city, and St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, a magnificent Gothic building with mosaics, carvings and a golden angel statue on the rear, high up on the tower. The Lewis Gluckman Gallery is a contemporary art centre, while the Lough Park is a scenic place to unwind if you want to spot local wildlife, with a limestone lake fed by springs attraction many species. And of course Cork is home to some lively pubs, so take the time to stop for a drink during your visit.