The White House

Pearse Street and The Glen, Kinsale, Ireland
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Child friendly restaurants

by lindadook

My family and I are visiting Kinsale in May, can you advise us of any child friendly restaurants to have lunch at?

Re: Child friendly restaurants

by WhispersWest

You could try Crackpots, so named for the pottery adorning its walls and tables not the mental state of the owners, as they have a children's menu up until, I believe, half past seven at night. It is well situated between Desmond Castle and the museum. I think lunch runs from noon until 3.

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Re: Child friendly restaurants

by Ekaterinburg

To be honest, I think your best bet is to wait until you arrive to decide. The town centre is small and crammed with restaurants. Some of these are very upmarket which is reflected in the cost and fancy table settings. There are some restaurants in Kinsale that I could not imagine children in.

But the other side of the coin is that there are many restaurants with their menus on the pavement and their doors open and these would be more accustomed to family groups. If you love fish, then Fishy Fishy would be an ideal place to go. If it's a fine day you can sit outside and your children shouldn't bother anyone.

On my Kinsale page I have recommended a number of restaurants like Jim Edwards, Fishy Fishy and The Spaniard. Either of those should be fine for kids. If you bring the children to Charles Fort, there is a lovely cafe, reasonably priced with home made tarts, cakes and scones.

But the day you arrive when you walk around the town, it's very easy to note which restaurants seem welcoming to children. I'm hesitant to be any more specific as I haven't been in Kinsale for a few months now and places change hands so frequently.

Food aside, you will love Kinsale. If it's a fine day perhaps you could take the cruise to the mouth of the harbour and then you'd see Charles Fort and Scilly fom the water. The town, the harbour, the whole place in fact, is incredibly charming and picturesque. Enjoy !

Travel Tips for Kinsale

Chairman's Lane

by evaanna

This little lane runs uphill from the Giant's Cottage to Desmond Castle. It's impossible not to stop to admire its tiny colourful houses with funny names.
In the 15th - 16th centuries the old harbour of Kinsale used to be situated at the bottom of the lane and Desmond Castle served as a customs house. One of the castle museum's exhibits is a sedan chair, which was used to transport merchants from their ships to the castle to settle their bills with the customs. The men who carried them lived in the small houses in what is now Chairman's Lane, which explains its name. I cannot be sure if the Giant's Cottage belonged to the Giant of Kinsale (see my tip on the Old Courthouse) nor do I know why the charming tiny blue house in the picture bears the name of the Mansion House, but the names are enchanting as is the street itself.
I certainly wouldn't mind living in one of these little houses myself!

Dining Out

by clws

We have found that dining out in Ireland is a lot different than in the USA. Instead of being rushed through dinner so someone else can have your table, dinner is more of a leasure event in Ireland. There is no rush for you to eat and leave. The staff will be bustling about making sure everything is taken care of, but your meal is not rushed at all. Sometimes a table will only see one set of guests in an evening. Meals come in courses with plenty of time to enjoy them at the nice restaurants in Kinsale. Water, usually with lemon slices in it, brown bread served first, than your appetizer, followed by your main course, and then coffee or tea and dessert. Also, instead of putting your check on the table, they wait for you to ask for it. They seem to go out of their way not to rush you.

Hours Of Business

by clws

Most are open 9 am to 6 pm, closed Sunday. Some shops are open on Sundays and late evenings.

Bars and Pubs
Mon, Tue and Wed 10.30 am to 11.30 pm
Thu, Fri and Sat 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Sunday 12.30 to 11.00 pm

Most offices are open 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday with a lunchbreak from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Restaurants Most begin their evening orders at 7.00-7.30 pm with last orders taken at around 10.00 pm.

Allied Irish Banks (AIB) Pearse Street 477 2157 Fax 477 2765 Mon 10 am-5 pm and Tues-Fri 10 am-4 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday

AIB Bureau de Change Pearse Street 477 2157 Fax 477 2765 Summer only: 5 pm-10pm Mon-Fri, Sat 10 am-10 pm, Sun 10 am-9 pm

Bank of Ireland (BOI) Emmet Street 477 2521 Mon 10 am-5pm and Tues-Fri 10 am-4 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday

BOI Bureau de Change Emmet Street 477 2521 Same hours as bank

Other Bureau de Change Facilities :

Post Office Pearse Street 477 2246 9.00-5.30 pm Mon-Sat, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

Bolands Newsagents Emmet Street 477 2161 Normal working hours

Cronin's of Kinsale Emmet Street 477 2192 Normal working hours

Actons Hotel Pier Road 477 2135 Service available to hotel guests only

Choose between 2 courses

by clws

Kinsale Golf Club is located on the outskirts of Kinsale in south Cork
The club has two courses for your enjoyment. . To get to Farrangalway from Kinsale turn left at the White House and turn right at the following crossroads. Then right again and follow road for 3km to signposted left turn.

From Kinsale Ringenane can be reached on the R600 north towards Belgooly and Cork.

Farrangalway Tele:353 21 4774722
Green Fees (Before 10am, Mon - Thurs) E25
Green Fees (After 10am, Mon - Thurs) E32
Green Fees (Fri, Sat, Sun) E40
Green Fees (Juveniles undder 18) E15

Green Fees E22
Green Fees (Juvenile) E9


by orlikins

Sandycove is a lovely little bay, only a 5 min drive from Kinsale town. Drive over the bridge and follow the signs. It's a lovely view and you could bring a fishing rod with you, if thats what you're into.


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 The White House

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Address: Pearse Street and The Glen, Kinsale, Ireland