Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Bantry

Bantry House & Garden

With its melancholic air of faded gentility, 18th-century Bantry House makes for an intriguing visit. From the Gobelin tapestries in the drawing room to the columned splendour of the library, it conjures up a lost w…
Top Choice Cafe in Bantry

Manning's Emporium

This gourmet deli and cafe is an Aladdin's cave of West Cork's finest food. Grab a menu, choose a table, and order at the counter – tasting plates are the best way to sample the local artisan produce and farmhouse c…
Top Choice Cafe in Bantry


This bright and lively wholefood shop and cafe serves tinglingly fresh salads, sandwiches and soups, and lunch specials such as felafel platters with hummus and tahina. Great coffee and cakes too.
Seafood in Bantry

O'Connors Seafood Restaurant

West Cork scallops with black pudding and smoked cauliflower purée; Castletownbere cod pan-roasted and topped with Irish-made feta cheese and truffle oil; Bantry Bay mussels done four ways: these are among the innov…
Market in Bantry

Bantry Market

Wolfe Tone Sq takes on a heady mix of aromas for the weekly farmers market. Fresh fruit, organic veg, bread, cheese, charcuterie and other local produce fill most stalls, but there's also clothing, bric-a-brac and f…
Seafood in Bantry

Fish Kitchen

This outstanding little restaurant above a fishmonger's shop does seafood to perfection, from the live-tank local oysters (served with lemon and Tabasco sauce) to Bantry Bay mussels in white wine. If you don't fancy…
Music in Bantry

West Cork Chamber Music Festival

A major festival of concerts, talks and musical masterclasses held over a week at Bantry House and several other venues in the town centre.
Walking in Bantry

Bantry Walking Festival

Three days of guided walks in Bantry and the surrounding West Cork countryside; many of the walks are suitable for all the family to take part in.
Pub in Bantry

Ma Murphy's

You can still buy cornflakes and sugar at this time-warp grocery-pub, open since 1840. The regulars are always up for a chat.
Pub in Bantry


A cosy local favourite on the waterfront known for its excellent pub grub, which includes a grand Sunday roast.