Attractions

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…
Archaeological Site in The West Cork Coast

Drombeg Stone Circle

On an exposed hillside, with fields falling away towards the coast and cattle lowing in the distance, the Drombeg stone circle is superbly atmospheric. Its 17 stones, oriented towards the winter solstice sunset, onc…
Museum in Skibbereen

Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Constructed on the site of the town’s old gasworks, the Skibbereen Heritage Centre houses a haunting exhibition about the Famine, with actors reading heartbreaking contemporary accounts; a visit here puts Irish hist…
Museum in Kinsale

Signal Tower & 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…
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 Clonakilty

Michael Collins Centre

A visit to the Michael Collins Centre is an excellent way to make sense of his life and the times in which he lived. A tour reveals photos, letters and a reconstruction of the 1920s country lane where Collins was ki…
Amusement Park in Clonakilty

West Cork Model Railway Village

You can’t help but smile at the West Cork Model Railway Village. It features a vast outdoor re-creation of the West Cork Railway as it was during the 1940s, with superb miniature models of the main towns in West Cor…
Museum in Baltimore

Baltimore Castle

Baltimore harbour is dominated by the stone tower of 13th-century castle of Dun na Sead (Fort of the Jewels). Inside, the great hall houses seasonal art displays and exhibits on the town's and the castle's history, …
Church in Kinsale

St Multose Church

This is one of the country's oldest Church of Ireland churches, built around 1190 by the Normans on the site of a 6th-century church. Not much of the interior is original, but the exterior is beautifully preserved. …
Cemetery in Skibbereen

Abbeystrewery Famine Cemetery

This graveyard, 1km west of Skibbereen beside the N71 road towards Schull, contains the mass grave of 8000 to 10,000 local people who died during the Famine, marked by a memorial of polished black stone. There's no …