Destination: Kinsale


A small coastal town with first class beaches and a reputation for first class food


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Introducing Kinsale

Only 17 miles from Cork is the lovely sea town of Kinsale. The town believed to be founded by the Angrlo Normans in 1177 was once a medieval fishing port which makes it a picturesque and authentic town, very popular in Ireland during summer. Kinsale is an attractive little town with hosting one of the most cosmopolitan and charming ports, a long waterfront and narrow winding streets full of gourmet restaurants.


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Region: Ireland

Time to spend here: 1/2 day

More Information: Tourist Information website

What's nearby? Waterford, Cork

What transport do you recommend? There are several bus tours and trips you can take to Blarney Castle but as is often the case in Ireland, your own vehicle will bring more flexibility

Did you know? Kinsale holds an annual "Gourmet Festival" in October, a celebration of all the culinary delights that Kinsale has to offer.

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What can I see in and around Kinsale?

Charles Fort

A National Monument, Charles Fort is a fine example of a star-shaped fort (a layout specifically designed to resist attack by cannon) from the late 17th century. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

James Fort

Right next to Charles Fort, you can find James Fort, built in 1607. Its strategic position enabled to guard and protect the small harbour of Kinsale. James fort, just like Charles Fort, is another great example of the military architecture of the 17th century offering wonderful panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Desmond Castle

Built as an urban tower house by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500, Desmond Castle has served as Customs House, Prison, Ordnance store and a Workhouse. Since 1997, Desmond Castle has housed the International Museum of Wine. This exhibition documents the fascinating story of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world. This is an essential half-hour all-weather activity.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

St Multose Church

The historic St Multose Church dates back to 1190. Though the building has undergone changes since medieval times, many of its original features survive and it continues to be used as a house of worship today.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Kinsale Museum

The building in which the Kinsale Museum is housed can be dated back as far as the 1590s. The museum houses a large number of local artifacts relating to Kinsale's maritime, military and secular history from the Battle of Kinsale to the Kinsale Giant.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Kinsale Beaches

If you're visiting Kinsale in the summer, you will probably want to go to some of the Blue Flag beaches in the area. The most popular are Garretstown and Garrylucas (White Strand) beaches, just over 8km from Kinsale.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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