Our History

Here at Actons Hotel Kinsale, we’re proud to be the oldest hotel in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The hotel was originally the home of the Acton family, who were drawn here by the stunning water-side location all the way back in 1860. Eager to settle down, they quickly set up a number of businesses in the nearby town. Over the following years, the success of these enterprises allowed the family to buy the buildings adjoining their home. By 1946, they had enough of these buildings for Sidney Acton to be able to open a family hotel – the first of its kind in all of Kinsale.


The hotel flourished for nearly 20 years, leading an English hotel and restaurant company named Trusthouse Forte to purchase it in 1962. To ensure it met and exceeded the modern requirements of their guests, they developed an extensive leisure centre in 1986, complete with a 15-metre swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. To extend their reach into other markets, in 1988 they also built an incredible conference centre that could accommodate up to 300 delegates.


In July 1995, the hotel was subsequently bought and managed by the renowned Stafford Group, until they sold it to a local consortium in 2007. They have looked after this celebrated building ever since. Between 2013 and 2018, they undertook a massive refurbishment. The hotel has been turned into a modern destination fully equipped with the luxury and technology that all guests now expect. Today, we offer a luxurious 4-star standard built upon the charm and personality of this historic place. We hope you continue to enjoy it for many years to come.

Imagery: Special mention to local historian Dermot Ryan for imagery and information

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