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Kilkenny or Kinsale?

If we had to choose one location or the other to stay for 3 nights, which would you choose? We are two 50+ women and our first time to Ireland. One of these will be a stop in our 13 days in Ireland.

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I enjoyed both places but Kinsale with it’s pretty waterfront setting and excellent restaurants wins.

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Hi from Wisconsin,
35-40 years ago Kinsale was a pretty nice place to visit. Last time I was there it had become quite a tourist hot spot. Personally, I would skip the place. It is the Irish that make Ireland special and too many tourists dull the locals to the specialness of meeting visitors.

If you are planning on spending 3 days, here is a thought. Kinsale allows you to go east, west and north. Three directions but really only 180 degrees on a map. Kilkenny permits 360 degree exploration. When I am deciding where to bunk for more than two days, I pick a location where I can go any direction to visit places of interest.

Another thought I will pass on. I have crisscrossed Ireland from top to bottom and made the entire coastline trip. It is the coast of Ireland that is the most impressive. And really it is the coast west from Cork all the way west, then north all the way over to the Green Glans of County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

Enjoy your trip,
wayne iNWI

I would say Kinsale...primarily because it is on the water and has many great restaurants. It seemed to be the 'wine capital' of Ireland. For an amazing b&b with suites avaiable I recommend the Old Presbytery.

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Hi there, thank you for your replies and suggestions. Yes, we are super excited to visit Ireland, especially the west coast. We’ve decided to stay in Kilkenny for a few days and also Kinsale for couple days. Are there any restaurant suggestions in the listed towns anyone can recommend? Btw, I just learned that the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is in Kilkenny while we are there. Does anyone know anything about that?

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In Kinsale we ate at Fishy Fishy and Finns Table. Reservations strongly advised at both. Both are very good. But If I had to choose between the two I’d pick Finns Table.