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Charles Fort, Kinsale

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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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  • Well worth going, Charles Fort is an extensive star shaped fortress that was fun to explore. The fort is one of Ireland's largest military installations and is still well preserved considering its... 
    Well worth going, Charles Fort is an extensive star shaped fortress that was fun to explore. The fort is one of Ireland's largest military installations and is still well preserved considering its...  more »
  • Brought my kids here over the mid term break. The information and audio visuals are very good and user friendly. Amazing piece of history which played such an important part in Irish and World... 
    Brought my kids here over the mid term break. The information and audio visuals are very good and user friendly. Amazing piece of history which played such an important part in Irish and World...  more »
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  • An impressive structure guarding the entrance to the bay. James Fort is on the other side of the bay in Kinsale. Charles fort is by far the more impressive if the 2 as it's still in very good condition. James Fort you are free to enter , Charles fort there is an entrance fee. We also took a walk around Charles fort so we could see it from a distance and get some good pictures over the water , it's very impressive and worth a visit. Parking is right at the entrance
  • Amazing fort. You can't imagine how big and beautiful it is until you cross the entrance door. Breathtaking views of the buildings with the sea as a background. You can spend some good time walking around them and taking lovely pictures.

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