Beautiful Bantry is a thriving hub of activity and offer sightseers a great variety of things to do. The central hub of the town is the town square which has been partly formed through the infilling of the former inner harbor offering the town a wide variety of uses in such a small area, the modernization of this area has done wonders for this hub of beauty. So if you’re in the area and after things to do, here are five of the best tourist attractions going!
1. Bantry Bay Scenic Cruises
When you’re on holiday there is nothing that appeals to all ages more than a cruise. Whether it’s a romantic couples getaway or a family holiday, heading on board one of these will excite the senses and show you the glorious sites in the area around Bantry Bay. With a good chance of spotting dolphins and seals, all while being kept warm in an enclosed area, you needn’t worry about the cold Irish wind!
2. Bantry Market
There is little more exciting than visiting a good old fashioned food market and that is exactly what Bantry has to offer. Taking place on the first Friday of every month, this market plays host to a whole wealth of different locally produced foods along with bric a brac, a pet stall and the odd donkey! It’s definitely a must see.
3. Bantry Historic Town Walk
For a more relaxed afternoon why not take in Bantry on foot. With two heritage trails visiting different aspects of the town, there is not better way to take it all in than to walk around and have a close look. Taking in sights such as St. Brendan’s Church and Godson’s Folly, this will give you a view of Bantry like no other. You’ll appreciate it all the more for every foot you place.
4. Bantry House and Garden
The ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry, Bantry House overlooks Bantry Bay and has been open to the public since 1946. Inspired by the travels of the 2nd Earl of Bantry, this spectacular architectural feat will keep you busy for hours on end. If you do find yourself wandering the gardens and are in need of a light refreshment then they have that covered too, with a Tearoom that serves the freshest local cuisine, you might find yourself coming back a couple of times on your trip if only for the food!
5. Kilnaruane Stone
Standing at over 2m high, Kilnaruane Stone is an early Christian pillar stone that has some of the most stunning and interesting carvings found in this part of Ireland. On the two flat sides of the pillar are a series of intricate and beautiful carvings located on what was most likely some sort of Christian settlement.
So if you’re heading to Bantry then expect to be there for a while, your days will be packed with loads of fun stuff to do and your holiday will pass by before you notice!