The jewel of Bantry is, without doubt,
Bantry House, for generations the seat of the Earls of Bantry.
This magnificent house, in a stunning location overlooking Bantry Bay
and Whiddy Island is a treasure-house of magnificent furniture and
object d'art collected from all over the world. It is open to
An exhibition centre has been
developed in the courtyard of Bantry House in recent years. It
gives the story of the failed French expedition if 1796.
If you wish to get an excellent view of
Bantry, its bay and surrounding countryside, drive past the Catholic
church and climb Seskin. At the summit there is a lay-by from
which to view the spectacular countryside.