Activities In Kinsale

Whilst staying at Perryville House, guests have an extensive choice of activities. Maritime activities are an essential element of life in Kinsale; cruising, deep sea angling with blue shark fishing, river trips, scuba diving, are available to visitors. The town boasts fine outdoor activity centres with full hire and tuition facilities for windsurfing, sailing and canoeing, to all levels. Click here to find out more

During your stay at our luxury B&B in Kinsale Cork, why not check out the nearby beaches, coves, and inlets that allow space and privacy for bathing, swimming, snorkelling and, on some patrolled beaches, surfing and body boarding.

Take your binoculars to the coast to see gannet, cormorant, terns, gulls and hosts of sea birds.

Clay-bird shooting, horse riding or pony trekking, a maze of country roads awaiting exploration by foot or bicycle, all within easy distance from the town.

Gourmet dining and pubs with traditional Irish music are just a short stroll from our door.

For those interested in cooking. The Ballymaloe Cookery School is 50 minutes from Kinsale and do short courses. Click here to find out more.

Be sure to check out the Kinsale Arts Festival, its guaranteed to impress.


Jazz Festival

Kinsale Fringe Jazz Festival- An alternative for Jazz Lovers

If you are looking for an alternative to the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, why not make your way to the Kinsale Fringe Jazz Festival, in it’s 24th year, where you’ll find the best of jazz, blues and other interesting sounds to keep you entertained over the October Bank Holiday weekend?

An offshoot of the Cork Jazz Festival, this event has a slightly less frenetic pace than the larger festival but there is still plenty on offer for Jazz lovers. With events running every day from lunchtime to late night, at 15 venues around the town, you may well find there is no need to ever leave Kinsale and head to the city.
Jazz Festival

Arts Week

Kinsale Arts Festival is an annual celebration of international and local arts and culture. 
This is its ninth year running and the festival has become an integral part of Ireland’s cultural calendar, welcoming a selection of the most exciting established and emerging artists, writers and performers to takeover the town for nine days each July.

Presenting local artists alongside established artists of international standing is integral to the festival’s mission, and it seeks to provide a platform for supporting emerging talent throughout the programme.

For nearly a decade, Kinsale Arts Festival has been commissioning and hosting work from outstanding artists, writers, performers and companies of international repute.

To find out more about this years event and get the full calendar of events, click here

Kinsale Arts Festival 2013 from Kinsale Arts Festival on Vimeo.

Arts Week

Walking Tours

Whether you want to immerse yourself in history, explore the town or sample some breathtaking views, there are different routes for everyone’s tastes.

Why not pick up a map in the tourist office and go it alone or join a guided tour.

Some of our favourites include;

Dermot Ryan’s Heritage Town Walks
Departs from the tourist office in Kinsale
Tel: +353 21 4772729/ +353 86 8267656

Don and Barry’s Historical Stroll
Departs from the Tourist Office, Kinsale
Tel: 021 477 2873 Mob: 087 2500731

…or for something a little spooky

Kinsale Ghost Tours
Departs Tap Tavern, Kinsale.
Tel: 021 477 2263 Mobile No: 087 948 0910
Walking Tours


How lucky we are to have a plethora of great restaurants. Quite unique for a small Irish town to have so many, of such a high standard to choose from. Depending what you feel like eating, you can have pizza to rival the finest trattoria in Italy or you can have the most amazing seafood fresh from the Atlantic Ocean daily or you can tuck in to succulent Irish beef, lamb or duck that would have grazed the local fields. All delicious, local and Slow Food. Please ask for our help as we hold the menus to all our favourites and will happily make reservations on your behalf.

Kinsale Gourmet Festival
October 12th - 14th 
Those who ventured to Kinsale for the culinary delights of the 36th Kinsale Gourmet Festival were certainly not disappointed, as they joined in what was the most successful year of the festival’s colourful history. The festival, organised by the Good Food Circle, served up delicious food and fine wines, with particular focus this year, on locally sourced and produced products.


How fortunate we are to be located just 15 minutes from one of the most spectacular Golf Links in the world. The Old Head of Kinsale is a must if you are a golfer and visiting Kinsale. The Old Head is a spectacular 18-hole Championship course, built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course. The links and practice area occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff (rising in places to over 300 feet) frame the course.Andrew would be delighted to assist any of guests with tee times and information, so please ask. Golf