Kinsale Things to Do

  • Colourful restaurant
    Colourful restaurant
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  • Rocky coast of the Old Head of Kinsale
    Rocky coast of the Old Head of Kinsale
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  • Chairman's Lane from the top end.
    Chairman's Lane from the top end.
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  • 1. Charles' Fort

    Even though it was raining I enjoyed my visit to the fort and the walk to it from the centre of Kinsale. It is run by the OPW and it is 3 Euro 70 to enter. The best thing about our visit was the free...

  • 2. Old Head of Kinsale

    This is one of my favourite places in County Cork, this windswept rocky promontory reaching out into the ocean. There is a lighthouse at the end of it but you can't get to it - the road ends with a...

  • 3. Town centre

    The centre of Kinsale is lovely - its winding narrow lanes are pure bliss for the eyes - I have never seen so many colourful houses anywhere, and all of them matching their neighbours. I wonder if...

  • 4. Chairmans Lane.

    Probably the most colourful of Kinsale's pretty streets, Chairmans Lane runs down towards the harbour directly opposite Desmond Castle. Anecdotes abound about the 'whys' and 'wherefores' of the name...

  • 5. James' Fort

    James Fort was constructed between 1601 and 1603. It is a pentagonal shaped fort with a covered walkway leading to the fort. This fort was the harbours main defence until the construction of Charles...

  • 6. The Scilly Walk

    This fairytale yellow cottage is about halfway between Summercove and Kinsale and everybody always stops to take photographs. In summer the hollyhocks grow almost to the roof. I often wonder about the...

  • 7. Kinsale Harbour

    We went sailing with the guys in Sovereign Sailing down at the Trident Hotel Marina. I had never sailed before but they took 4 of us out on a new 34ft sailing yacht. It was Fantastic. They gave us all...

  • 8. Harbour Tour by Boat

    A great way to see the harbour, also the town and Charles Fort from a different angle. Nice traditional music, interesting commentry, coffee and bar service available. The trip lasts for 55 minutes...

  • 9. Wine Musuem

    Desmond Castle was built around 1500 by Maurice Bacach Fitzgerald, Earl of Desmond. A hundred years later it was used as an arsenal by Don Juan Aguilla during the Spanish occupation of the town which...

  • 10. Summercove

    Leaving Charles Fort via the drawbridge, pause to look at the three plaques in Irish, English and Spanish unveiled in 2001, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kinsale. This spot...

  • 11. St Multose Church

    Dating back to 1190, St Multose Church is the oldest building in Kinsale and has been in continuous use all this time. Its appearance has been considerably changed since then, some of the original...

  • 12. Tourist Office

    If you lack the stamina for all of the above or have a short amount of time then I would recommend the one-hour 'Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale' which leaves the tourist office at 11.15 every morning....

  • 13. Desmond castle. Cork street.

    Desmond castle was built around 1500 by, wouldn't you know it, the Earl of Desmond, originally as a Custom house. The castle has also served as a prison and...

  • 14. Dermot Ryan's Heritage Town Walks - A++

    I recently visited the very historic and extremely attractive town of Kinsale where my family had a wonderful few days holiday. One of the best attractions for...


    A lovely historic walk together with Harry (or Don), telling all about the harbour of Kinsale, how the town grow bigger. "Soft days" - Umbrella a '...

  • 16. Desmond Castle

    One of the things to do besides eat in Kinsale is visit Desmond Castle. The castle is referred to locally as the 'French Prison' due to a fire in 1747 when 54...

  • 17. The Old Courthouse and Regional Museum

    Built in the 1590's, this building first served as a market house until, around 1706, it became the seat of the mayor and chief justice of Kinsale. It was here...

  • 18. Kinsale Arts Week 2007 - 7th to 15th July

    Kinsale Arts Week is a multi-disciplinary Arts Festival. Each year it brings the best of local, national and international talent to Kinsale. For nine days in...

  • 19. The Courthouse/Regional Museum.

    This old courthouse/markethouse, now turned regional museum is bang smack in the centre of town. Its display of traditional craft items and artifacts associated...

  • 20. End of the Track - The Spinnaker

    Eventually this woodland track peters out onto a road and here with an elegant terrace of georgian houses, the town becomes closer. There's a great vista of the...

  • 21. Browse Kinsale

    Just spend an afternoon walking through town. The people are so friendly, and the buildings are so interesting. It has a quaint, peaceful atmosphere I never...


    The old court house is now Kinsales museum which as a interesting toll board listing the local taxes in 1788 (the best I thought was no tax to be paid if coal...


    Strolls around the old narrow streets of Kinsale were the smells of the cooking wafts out of the pastel painted buildings. There are interesting antiques shops...


    Desmonds Castle is were you will find the wine museum ,it is not quite a castle but a 15th century fortified house with a main keep and store houses behind .The...

  • 25. Stroll The Streets Of Beautiful Kinsale

    Kinsale is considered the most picturesque harbor town in Ireland. The streets are full of color, flowers, and friendly people. No matter what time of day it...

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