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Bantry House and Garden

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 $145
The Maritime Hotel

The Maritime Hotel

The Quay, Bantry, West Cork
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beara Peninsula and Bantry House. Wolfe Tone Square and Bantry Bay Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Westlodge Hotel & Pondlodge Cottages $104
    Westlodge Hotel & Pondlodge Cottages

    Westlodge Hotel & Pondlodge Cottages

    Seafield, Bantry, Cork
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Bantry hotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Beara Peninsula and Bantry House. Wolfe Tone Square and Sheep's Head Peninsula are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      This Exclusive Townhouse Caters for the Ideal Luxury Getaway in Bantry
      This Exclusive Townhouse Caters for the Ideal Luxury Getaway in Bantry

      This Exclusive Townhouse Caters for the Ideal Luxury Getaway in Bantry

      Bantry, Cork (county)
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Beara Peninsula and Bantry House. Wolfe Tone Square and Bantry Bay Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Doire Liath Bed & Breakfast $79
        Doire Liath Bed & Breakfast

        Doire Liath Bed & Breakfast

        Newtown, Bantry, Cork
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Bantry, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beara Peninsula and Bantry House. Wolfe Tone Square and Bantry Bay Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Brú na Pairc
          Brú na Pairc

          Brú na Pairc

          7 SLIP PARK, BANTRY, Bantry, ORK
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Bantry, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beara Peninsula and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Bantry House. Wolfe Tone Square and Bantry Bay Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Seafort Luxury Hideaway
            Seafort Luxury Hideaway

            Seafort Luxury Hideaway

            Seafort, Donemark, Bantry, Cork
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bantry, this beachfront country house is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beara Peninsula, and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bantry House. Bantry Bay Golf Club and Wolfe Tone Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Edencrest Bed & Breakfast $97
              Edencrest Bed & Breakfast

              Edencrest Bed & Breakfast

              Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Cork
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Bantry, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beara Peninsula and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Bantry House. Bantry Bay Golf Club and Wolfe Tone Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Ballylickey Bay Holiday Home
                Ballylickey Bay Holiday Home

                Ballylickey Bay Holiday Home

                Ballylickey, Bantry
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the bay, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beara Peninsula and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bantry House. Bantry Bay Golf Club and Wolfe Tone Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).