Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in Kinsale

Fishy Fishy Cafe

One of the most famous seafood restaurants in the country, Fishy Fishy has a wonderful setting with stark white walls splashed with bright artwork and steel fish sculptures, and a terrific decked terrace at the fron…
Top Choice Fort in Kinsale

Charles Fort

One of Europe's best-preserved star-shaped artillery forts, this vast 17th-century fortification would be worth a visit for its spectacular views alone. But there's much more here: the 18th- and 19th-century ruins i…
Top Choice Irish in Kinsale

Black Pig Wine Bar

This sophisticated hideaway offers no fewer than 80 wines by the bottle and 40 by the glass including many organic varieties. There's a charming cobbled courtyard out back, and a mouthwatering menu of snacks, charcu…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Kinsale

Finn's Table

Owning a gourmet restaurant in Kinsale means plenty of competition, but John and Julie Finn's venture is more than up to the challenge. Elegant but unstuffy, with a warm welcome, its menu of seasonal, locally source…
Modern Irish in Kinsale


The title 'ceramic restaurant' over the front door refers to the fact that all the crockery in use here was made…here. Normally, when you combine art workshop and food something will give, but in this instance it's …
Pub in Kinsale

Harbour Bar

It might look permanently closed from the outside, but inside it's like being in someone's front room (maybe it IS someone's front room!). Battered old sofas, a fire stoked in the hearth, characters in every corner …
Museum in Kinsale

Courthouse & Regional Museum

Based in the 17th-century courthouse that was used for the inquest into the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, this nifty museum contains local curiosities as diverse as Michael Collins' hurley (hurling stick), and s…
Market in Kinsale

Farmers Market

Sets up on the wee square across from the tourist office.
Art in Kinsale

Giles Norman Gallery

Evocative black-and-white imagery of Ireland from a master of the genre. Prints start at €20 unframed, €30 framed.
Arts & Crafts in Kinsale

Granny's Bottom Drawer

Top quality Irish linen, woollens, leather goods, damask and vintage-style homewares.