Venue Map

Please see our 2024 Venue Map below. Click the building's location to find out more information. For out-of-town locations, click on the arrows.
Bantry House

N71, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 50047

Bantry House is not only one of the finest historic houses in Ireland but it also commands one of the best views overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork. It has been open to the public since 1946, the first to be so in the country and possibly also in the British Isles. The house is still owned and lived in by Egerton Shelswell-White, who is a direct descendant of Richard White (1, Earl of Bantry), and his family.

The Maritime Hotel

The Quay, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 54700

The stylish Maritime Hotel is set on Bantry Bay amid the three rugged peninsulas of Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

Have a wonderful meal in The Maritime Bar or The Ocean Restaurant, unwind in Club Maritime Leisure Centre, indulge in treatment in one of our YouTime Spa Treatment rooms, or take a dip in our 19 metre swimming pool.

St. Brendan’s Hall

St Brendan's School, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 54700

St. Brendan's National School was given its present name in October 1999. Until then the school was known as Bantry No. 3 N.S. On the 3rd of October 1999 The Right Reverend W. Paul Colton, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, rededicated the Parish Church in Bantry to St. Brendan the Navigator. The school was renamed on the same day and took the name of the Saint as its own. Much better that No. 3 I'm sure you'll agree! The school itself was built in 1853 at the expense of Richard White, Earl of Bantry. It opened as a school on 29th January 1855 and opened as a National School on 1st May 1871. The Parochial Hall was added in 1938. The school was a one-teacher school for many years, until the construction of the Gulf Oil Terminal on Whiddy Island, in Bantry Bay, when a temporary assistant was appointed in 1967. The school reverted to its one-teacher status in 1971. Since 1974 it has been a two-teacher school. Until recently the school was vested in local trustees and the patron was Egerton Shelswell-White of Bantry House. The school is now under the patronage of The Right Reverend W. Paul Colton.

Bantry Bookshop

William Street, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 55946

Bantry Bookshop is an independent bookshop situated in Bantry in beautiful West Cork on the South West Coast of Ireland. We stock a wide range of new books, local books, children’s books, bargain books, secondhand books, stationary and cards.

Ma Murphy’s

7 New Street, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

+353 (0)27 50242

A friendly bar with an old fashioned feel. Outdoor seating.

Bantry Library

Bridge Street, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 50460

Directions to the Library: From Bantry Main Square, turn left at Harrington Estates. Continue straight up New Street and then on to Bridge Street (all one way streets) until you come to a large water wheel. Bantry Library is adjacent to this.

West Cork Music Office

13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 HW72

+353 (0)27 52788

Our Festival office. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition are run from these offices.

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm. Note we are also open every day during the festivals, including weekends.

National Learning Network (NLN)

Donemark, Bantry, Co Cork P75 XW73

027 51027

NLN is the garden centre on the N71 out of Bantry towards Glengarriff. It is opposite Bantry Golf Course.

Future Forests

Future Forests, Kealkill, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 H958

027 66176

Future Forests - The Mail Order Plant People - Useful, Fruitful & Beautiful Plants. Also a beautiful venue!

Forest & Flock

New Street, Bantry, Co Cork

087 386 1799

Forest & Flock is a Craft & Design Shop in Bantry, West Cork, celebrating and supporting Irish Makers.

The Abbey Strand

N71 (Cork side), Bantry, Co Cork

The Abbey Strand is nested below the Abbey Cemetery on the N71. It is on the left hand side, coming in from Cork, before you read the Bantry House entrance. There is parking off the road and by the cemetery.

Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry

Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry

Freestanding gable-fronted double-height former Methodist church, built 1842, having gable-fronted porch (west), three-bay nave and single-bay chancel (east).

St Finbarr's Boys National School

The venue for our 2024 writing workshops is St Finbarr's Boys National School, Seskin, Bantry, Co. Cork P75NY51

Westlodge Hotel

Bantry, County Cork, Ireland, P75 N978

027­ 50360

Situated on 26 acres of landscaped gardens on the edge of Bantry town overlooking Bantry Bay in scenic West Cork.

Work Shop Bantry

Work Shop, William Street, Bantry (2 doors up from Bantry Bookshop)

About Bantry

Overlooking Bantry Bay in the heart of West Cork, Bantry is a thriving market town situated at the head of Bantry Bay and surrounded by some of Ireland's most stunning country side with drives and walks that will take your breath away.With a fine raised plaza in its main square over-looking the harbour the town has a wide variety of shops, bars, coffee shops and restaurants in addition to a three screen cinema, tourist office, museum and library. The town is also host to the Friday market which sees a wide variety of market stalls selling West Cork’s finest local foods, antiques, art, crafts and livestock.

The majestic Bantry House, home since 1739 to the White family, the former Earl of Bantry, overlooks the harbour with its beautiful gardens reaching down towards the shore where one can enjoy the spectacular views of the Caha Mountains across the bay.As with many areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixth century saint, Breandán (Naomh Bréanainn) the Navigator. In Irish lore Saint Breandán was the first person to discover America.The town is an important economic centre to the region. Apart from tourism, fishing is one of the main industries. Mussels in particular are harvested in the area. As one of the larger towns in West Cork with a population of about 4000 people and a catchment area of about 12000 people, it is a busy community with plenty going on all year round. Bantry is also host to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival, Masters of Tradition, Bay Run Half Marathon, and Bantry BBQ Festival.

Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel