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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 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…
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 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…
Castle in Kinsale

Desmond Castle

Kinsale's roots in the wine trade are on display at this early 16th-century fortified house that was occupied by the Spanish in 1601. Since then it has served as a customs house, a prison for French and American cap…
Museum in Kinsale

Lusitania Museum

This 200-year-old signal tower has been restored and converted into a museum dedicated to the RMS Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915 with the loss of 1200 lives. You can walk to the nearby cli…
Modern Irish in Kinsale

Crackpots

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

Bulman Bar

Escape from central Kinsale to this harbourside gastropub in the picturesque hamlet of Summercove, where salty informality is a style in its own right. Sip chilled white wine at outdoor tables or sup beers and seafo…
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…
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 …