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The Best Things to Do in Kinsale

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Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Site
Charles Fort , Kinsale
A fine example of a star-shaped military structure, Charles Fort once served as an important part of a waterfront defense system designed to
Tours from $68
Spike Island , Cobh
View a defensive fort, prison cells, and gun emplacements at Spike Island, an island considered to be "Ireland's Alcatraz." In the seventh ce
Golf Course
Old Head Golf Links offers a luxury golfing experience on a promontory of emerald green hills that look out into the Atlantic Ocean. The cour
Tours from $682
Duration: 8 hours
The tour begins with a pick up from the cruise liner terminal in Cobh, Cork Harbour, where your driver will be waiting for you to drive to Blarney Castle. Admission to the Blarney Castle and Gardens is included. Take a panoramic drive through Cork City, where your guide will point out the highlights of the southern capital. In the afternoon visit Kinsale and tour Cobh.
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Fota Wildlife Park , Carrigtwohill
Without a cage or fence in sight, Fota Wildlife Park houses dozens of species of mammals and birds from habitats as diverse as deserts, savan
Tours from $29
Specialty Museum
Located at the site where 123 passengers boarded the infamous ship, Titanic Experience Cobh offers an in-depth look at the fateful departure


Historic Sites · Nightlife · Golf Courses
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea. Two forts once protected the town's harbor against enemy invasion, and today they count among the country's best-preserved examples of coastal military defenses. Beyond the harbor area, Kinsale features a network of narrow streets flanked by small shops, fine restaurants, and cozy pubs known for their warm atmosphere and live-music nights. To get the feel of the place, take a stroll through the winding alleyways of the compact city center. Plan your holiday in Kinsale and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Ireland day trip tool.

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Where to stay in Kinsale

If you visit the charming fishing village of Kinsale, opt for a place by the water rather than the center. It should be easy to find accommodations along the picturesque harbor, where a majority of the village's hotels are located. From here you will enjoy scenic views of the coast and easily be able to walk to the town's center. Budget travelers can find affordable guest homes away from the shoreline or outside of the town center. Visitors wanting more luxury will be able to find a few beautiful spa or upscale hotels.
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