A fine example of a star-shaped military structure, Charles Fort once served as an important part of a waterfront defense system designed to resist cannon attacks. Built in the 1670s on the site of a medieval castle, the fort remained in use until 1922, playing a key role in some of the most important battles in Irish history. Two giant bastions, the fort's main features, overlook the water, while three others face inland. To learn the history behind the fort's weather-beaten walls and see what remains of the old military barracks and support facilities, join a daily guided tour, available year-round. The tour involves a walk on rocky terrain, so bring appropriate footwear. Use our Kinsale trip itinerary website to arrange your visit to Charles Fort and other attractions in Kinsale.
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Travelled a distance to bring some overseas guests to see Charles fort. Checked the official website which said it was open. Arrived to be met by a sign pinned to the door saying it was closed. Would.... more
Travelled a distance to bring some overseas guests to see Charles fort. Checked the official website which said it was open. Arrived to be met by a sign pinned to the door saying it was closed. Would.... more »
Excellent place to visit with family. Have been a few times & would def revisit. Scenery is stunning. Kids loved it.
Excellent place to visit with family. Have been a few times & would def revisit. Scenery is stunning. Kids loved it. more »
If you like exploring forts, Charles Fort is a superior example of a star fort. They’re still in the process of restoring it, but there is plenty to see. Lots of amazing views are available on every side. Be sure to book your tour ahead of time as we weren’t able to do the guided tour.
This place is huge inside...it really doesn't look like it from the pictures and maps but damn! Cool Irish history lessons nice hike through it. Definitely recommend this place.
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