The town of Bantry is situated in a small valley at the south-east head of Bantry Bay. 

Bantry is a hive of activity with its brightly decorated houses and streets. The town Square has been changed to a large promenade with seating, trees, flowers, an anchor and a center piece fountain. A mile of safe footpath with seafront wall, seating and viewing points extends from the town. 

A market sets up its stalls on the first Friday of every month, in the town square

A regular event is a literary Festival as well as a West Cork Chamber Music Festival which have been held in Bantry at the end of June of each year.

There are many places of interest within the vicinity of the town. These include;

Bantry House which is a large Georgian mansion renowned throughout the world for its collection of art, furniture and tapestries.
The French Invasion Exhibition Center with its lifelike reconstruction of the events of 1796.
The Kilnaruane (Bantry) Stone which is a type of early Celtic Cross dating from c.648 AD.
The gun batteries of Whiddy Island; and the many places of historical interest dating from the late 1600's.