Information about Kinsale
Kinsale is a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland, which also has significant military history. Kinsale is a popular holiday resort for Irish and overseas tourists. Leisure activities include yachting, sea angling, and golf.
The town is known for its restaurants, and holds an annual "Gourmet Festival". Chef Keith Floyd was previously a resident of Kinsale.
What to see
Charles Fort - half a mile south of town in Summercove. This is a 17th century star shaped fort, which is very well preserved and has seen very little military action.
James Fort - 2 miles south of town on Pier Road. This is an older fort and is on the other side of the river and in much poorer condition. On the west shore of the bay.
Desmond Castle - built circa 1500 by the Earl of Desmond as a custom house, this is a well-preserved tower house. The Castle is known locally as the French Prison following a fire in which 54 French prisoners died in 1747. The building was later used as an auxillary workhouse during the Famine.
Kinsale Regional Museum - an interesting small museum with exhibits on domestic and maritime history, including the Lusitania.
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Food & drink
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Music & dance
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City tourist attractions
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