Kinsale, Ireland – Things to See and Do

Things to See and Do in Kinsale, Ireland
A wonderful place to spend a day or longer, Kinsale is one of Ireland’s most beautiful seaside towns.

Side Street in Kinsale Ireland
The quaint crooked streets wind lazily into the distance, revealing the town’s medieval heritage. Many of them lead to Kinsale’s stunning bay.

Bay at Kinsale
A popular place for yachting, deep-sea fishing and water sports, there are always plenty of boats in the harbour.

Kinsale Harbour

Places to Eat in Kinsale

Kinsale is also a wonderful place to dine and has even been hailed as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, although nearby Cork might have something to say about that! There are lots of wonderful pubs, cafés and restaurants here, including my favourites Man Friday and Fishy Fishy. The fish simply could not be fresher here in Kinsale, and whatever your favourite seafood is, chances are you will find it beautifully prepared and served at one of the local eateries.
If it’s a breakfast, a light luncheon or afternoon tea you are looking for, I recommend you visit Perryville Gift Shop and Garden Tea Room.

Perryville Tea Room Kinsale

The shop is full of beautiful things for home, kitchen and garden and the pretty tea room serves wonderful repasts. My cousin and I enjoyed delicious smoked chicken salads, beautifully garnished with edible flowers one lunchtime. We managed to resist the cakes…but not for long. After an afternoon wandering through Kinsale’s delightful streets we returned for afternoon tea in the garden.

Perryville Tea Room Collage

Perryville House also offers bed and breakfast accommodation.

More Things to Do in Kinsale

Full of quirky little shops selling far more than just the usual tourist fair, Kinsale is a wonderful place to pick up a souvenir of your travels. From knitwear to china, there’s something beautiful for everyone available here. You can also enjoy one of Dermot Ryan’s Heritage Town Walks. If something more adventurous takes your fancy, there’s fishing, whale watching and scenic tours of the coastline available, as well as kayaking and sailing. Horse riding and golf are also available nearby.

Just outside the main town centre you will find perhaps the best known historical location in Kinsale, Charles Fort. It’s one of the best surviving examples of a 17th century star shaped fort and much of the original fort still exists. It continued in military use until 1922 but today regular guided tours are available all year round.

Whether you prefer a relaxed day out or something a bit more active, Kinsale really does offer something for everyone. Only 18 miles drive through beautiful countryside from the city of Cork, Kinsale is a wonderful place for a taste of Ireland’s beautiful coast, some of their very best food, and fantastic hospitality.

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  1. This looks somehow familiar. I can’t be 100% sure I haven’t been there or maybe just a slightly similar looking place. Whatsoever, it looks beautiful and luvly.

  2. I’m blushing to admit I’ve never actually been to Ireland. But that main street looks like one I would thoroughly enjoy wondering along, and what a beautiful harbour, too. Always good to include tea & cake in a day out!

    • I hadn’t been to Ireland until a few years ago. Pauline, but I must admit it keeps drawing me back. Having said that, I’m blushing to admit I’ve never been to Scotland! I need to fix that 🙂

  3. This post just came up again in my feed: thrilled to say I’ve now spent a couple of nights on Irish soil. Looks like you were wonderfully lucky with the weather in Kinsale.

  4. That looks lovely- and you had perfect weather, as well 🙂

  5. What a gorgeous town! I absolutely love those buildings lining the street so snugly. All those boats are so much fun, too!

  6. I’ve never been lucky enough to go to Ireland. It looks so picturesque and exactly how you would think an Irish seaside town would look like. It is almost like it is out of a story book! Beautiful!

  7. Wow, what a great place to visit. Hubby has Ireland on his bucket list of places to visit, so we hope to go one day. My Step-Mom went years ago and I still love to look through her photos. Such a gorgeous place

  8. I’ve always wanted to see Ireland, and these photos just cemented that. What a beautiful place. And it has such a cool old world vibe in so many parts of it.

  9. Thanks for the mini vacation April!

  10. I visited Kinsale the last time we were in Ireland, such a lovely town!

  11. Our charming Virginia town of Kinsale, named after this Kinsale (which I only discovered after seeing your post title and doing some research), is also a waterside town with lots of sailboats. There’s very little else there though. If I ever make it to Ireland, I definitely must visit the original Kinsale. Thank so much for sharing your visit there, April!


    • I’m very interested to learn about your Kinsale in Virginia, Shirley. I’m fascinated by the way names from the UK and Europe were used and re-used in North America. For example, near to where I was born in Ontario, there is a Paris and a Delhi (although the latter is pronounced Del-HI not Deli as it is here). I hope you are able to visit Ireland one day soon, Shirley.

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