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18 Best and Fun Things To Do In Kinsale, Ireland

Located at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Irish town of Kinsale by the River Brandon is well-known for its colorful streetscapes and far-reaching history. The town is as vibrant as they come, with crowds of people lining the streets where food and music are celebrated. Various boutiques and events also fill every corner, keeping guests and locals entertained all year round.

There are plenty of things to do in Kinsale. In the town center, much can be gained from its range of retail stores and cafes. Along the Old Head of Kinsale are stunning views of the rugged and narrow headland, which ultimately ends in an 18-hole golf course by the sea.

If Kinsale sounds like the perfect holiday destination, here is a list of things you can do in the area to create a truly memorable experience.

The 18 Most Popular Things To Do In Kinsale, Ireland

18. Atlantic Offshore Adventures

5.0 ★★★★★ (4 reviews)


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Location: Kinsale Dock Beach Old Fort Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  87-944-3796

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17. Sandycove Island

4.8 ★★★★★ (6 reviews)

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16. The Kinsale Museum

4.3 ★★★★☆ (17 reviews)

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Location: Old Town Hall Market Square Sleveen Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-7930

15. Kinsale Beach

4.7 ★★★★★ (99 reviews)

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14. Old Head of Kinsale

4.4 ★★★★☆ (107 reviews)

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13. The Dock Bar

4.5 ★★★★★ (161 reviews)

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Location: Castlepark Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-2522

12. Mizen Head

4.7 ★★★★★ (287 reviews)

11. Garretstown Beach

4.7 ★★★★★ (360 reviews)

10. Dock beach

4.7 ★★★★★ (408 reviews)


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Location: P17 PH02 4 Castlepark Village Kinsale Co Cork

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9. Sovereign Sailing

5.0 ★★★★★ (20 reviews)


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Location: Marina Office Trident Hotel Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-4145

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8. Dermot Ryan’s Kinsale Heritage Town Walks

4.6 ★★★★★ (36 reviews)


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Location: Tourist Information Office Pier Rd. Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-2729

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7. Kinsale Food Tours

4.6 ★★★★★ (88 reviews)

Location: Tourist Office Pier Road Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  85-107-6113

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6. Kinsale Mead Co.

5.0 ★★★★★ (104 reviews)

Location: Unit 5 Barracks Ln Troopers Close Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-3538

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5. Saint Multose Church of Ireland

4.4 ★★★★☆ (110 reviews)

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Location: Church Ln Sleveen Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-2220

4. Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance

4.8 ★★★★★ (117 reviews)

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Location: Acres Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  86-864-7028

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3. Desmond Castle

4.1 ★★★★☆ (166 reviews)

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Location: Cork Street Sleveen Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-4855

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2. James Fort

4.5 ★★★★★ (310 reviews)

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Location: Old Fort Co Cork

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1. Charles Fort

4.7 ★★★★★ (2,778 reviews)

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Location: OPW Summercove Kinsale Co Cork

Tel:  21-477-2263

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Kinsale, Ireland! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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