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Bantry House
Vacation Travel Guide

Bantry House and Garden featuring a park, a castle and heritage architecture

This privately owned 18th-century estate looks out over Bantry Bay. Stay for the afternoon or splurge and spend the night.

Visit Bantry House for an impressive collection of art, lavish furniture, paintings and tapestries. Many of these treasures were collected from around the world by the second Earl of Bantry. The earl's travels also inspired Bantry House's garden. Italianate in style, the garden features a number of terraces, providing spectacular views of a wisteria-encircled fountain, the sea and Whiddy Island. The garden also features the Hundred Steps, a steep staircase which provides a great view of the house.

Blackrock was Bantry House's original name when it was constructed at the turn of the 18th century. In 1765, the house was purchased and extended by Richard White, the first Earl of Bantry. The house has been in the family ever since. From 1946, the house and gardens have been accessible to the public.

The house is a popular venue for events. Enjoy string quartets in the library, craft fairs in the stables, theater on the lawn and literary gatherings in the tearoom.

Bantry House offers bed and breakfast accommodation during the warmer months. Spend a night in an en-suite bedroom, savor an Irish breakfast and use the same billiard room and library where earls have relaxed for centuries. Special golf, historic and gourmet packages are available too. If you're not sleeping over, visit the excellent tearoom at least to experience the tradition and taste of Irish cream tea.

On Fridays, the Bantry market sells local Irish food, and artisan crafts and souvenirs. The local pubs often have live traditional music at night.

Bantry House and Garden is open only from the end of March to the end of October on Tuesdays to Sundays and Monday bank holiday. Check the website of the estate to see when the free five-minute introductions to the estate are given and what events are scheduled. Book in advance for the popular afternoon tea service. Guidebooks are provided if you miss the introduction.

The estate is a 90-minute drive from Cork or Kerry. Buy a house and garden ticket, or just visit the garden and pay less. Family tickets are available.

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The Maritime Hotel
The Maritime Hotel
4 out of 5
The Quay, Bantry, West Cork
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The price is $98 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wolfe Tone Square and Bantry House. Bantry Bay Golf Club is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
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Westlodge Hotel
Westlodge Hotel
4 out of 5
Bantry, Bantry, County Cork
The price is $88 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
This family-friendly Bantry hotel is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bantry House and Wolfe Tone Square. Sheep's Head Peninsula is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) ...
3.9/5Very Good! (335 reviews)
functional room, pleasant stay
"2 night stay in family room. Pool slots booked up so couldn’t avail - you need to book first thing for the following day. Disappointing for my kids but the process is just a consequence of the current times. Lovely grounds and a nice walk into Bantry."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

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Strelitzias  B&B
Strelitzias B&B
3 out of 5
New St, Bantry, County Cork
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Situated in Bantry, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Wolfe Tone Square and Bantry House. Bantry Bay Golf Club is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.
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The Maritime Hotel
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4 out of 5
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