Cork city is the Ireland’s second city but locals call it ’the real capital’ . It’s a compact city, easy to walk around in a few hours.
There are historical sites aplenty with tours which can be pre-booked.
University College Cork has guided tours, the city museum, the old Cork City Gaol, Elizabeth Fort, St Finbarr’s Cathedral and Shandon church with its famous steeple where you might try your hand at bell-ringing.
Fitzgerald park, where the ‘World Trade Fair’ was held in 1902, with the original pavilion and ornamental fountain still standing. From the park the ornate pedestrian bridge to Sunday’s Well (and City Goal) is referred to as the “Shaky bridge’.
Close by you could try a round of golf in one of the many golf courses parkland, links with optional clubs hire
As a large natural harbour and maritime history there are a wide range of water based activities in attractive nearby towns such as Kinsale or Cobh. A boat trip might appeal or for the more active you can choose from kayaking, surfing or paddle boarding.
Blarney village with its castle and gardens is close to the city. There are a variety of activities particularly watersports in the Lee Valley including or in Cobh and the lower harbour.