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Bantry House and Gardens

Bantry House & Gardens

The renowed stately Bantry House & Gardens is located on the approach road into Bantry town. A visit to Bantry House allows the visitor to view drawing rooms featuring furniture and tapestries from Versailles, dramatic Dining Room, hall and bedroom areas and an opportunity to walk the Gardens. The Tea Room is open June to August for tea and light lunches, and afternoon tea during those times can be taken in the Library, notice required.

If you have a special event, Bantry House could be just the location for you. Whether it is for Book or Product Launches, Wedding Receptions, music or theatre events, private or corporate events, Sophie Shelswell-White will be available to discuss your requirements. Yearly events of interest held at Bantry House include the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and also the West Cork Literary Festival. Accommodation in Bantry House is available in their select rooms in the House for a special nights stay in Bantry.

Details on the 1796 BANTRY FRENCH ARMADA where over 200 years ago, in the Winter of 1796, a formidable French Armada, inspired by Theobald Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen, sailed from Brest in France. Their purpose was to invade Ireland, put an end to British rule and establish an independent Irish republic. Almost 50 warships carried 15,000 soldiers to the Southwest of County Cork. Stormy chaos reigned and with ship-to ship communication largely disrupted, the invasion foundered the fleet eventually turning about for home. Ten ships were lost..... One of these, the frigate Surveillante, was too storm-damaged to make the return journey to France. She was scuttled off Whiddy Island and has lain undisturbed for almost 200 years. Rediscovered in 1982, the Surveillante was declared an Irish National Monument in 1985 and the work began on its recovery, conservation and exhibition. MORE INFORMATION HERE

Bantry Blueway Trail

Bantry's Blueway Trail, is a new addition to Bantrys Visitor Attraction for water sport enthusiasts. It allows the visitor to explore Bantry from the water be it Canoe or Kayak taking in Bantry Bay and the Whiddy Island area. Taking the trail at your own pace whether it is the Beginner 1 hour trail to the longer 3 hour trail, it is self guided and visitors are asked to take all the usual precautions when venturing out on the water. Some of the local sea life can be enjoyed on route if you are lucky to spot them!

Whale Watching with Bere Island Sea Safari

The Bere Island Sea Safari company offers visitors a chance to take one of their Bantry Bay boat tours, a chance to Whale or Dolphin watch. There are opportunities to book a school event with them, work event or just a day of adventure out on the seas. Departures from Castletown and Bere Island.

Explore Whiddy Island

Whiddy Island located in Bantry Bay off Bantry town, is just a small island 3 miles long it nestles in between the Beara Peninsula on one side and on the other side Sheep's Head Peninsula. A tranquil West Cork island, it is serviced by a regular boat service which visitors can take a trip out on to explore this peaceful inhabitied West Cork Island. Visitors can explore on foot or bicycles can be hired on the island. Its history is deep rooted, with mention of 2 monasteries and a priory there in past times. As you cycle the island you can take in the Tower House, Holy Well and the old school house. Today you can enjoy a drink an food at the Bankhouse Bar on the Island and there are several accommodation options, for a stay on Whiddy Island.

Visit Bere Island

Bere Island is situated just 1 mile off from Castletownbere town, an hours drive from Bantry if you wish to explore another of West Corks wonderful little inhabited islands. Again it provides a number of areas of interesting archaeological sites on the island and you will not be disappointed for activites there ranging from great diving spots, swimming, walking, cycling and lots of water sports. Again lots of accommodation on Bere Island and its well serviced by a regular boat service.

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