Elizabeth Fort, Cork

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One of the oldest sites in Cork, Elizabeth Fort represents a star-shaped structure dating back to the 17th century. Steeped in history, the fort's walls offer some of the finest views of the city, which makes it not only appealing to history buffs, but amateur photographers as well. Used continuously for over four centuries, the fort closed as a Garda station in 2013. Today, visitors flock here for the views, and a chance to learn about some of the major events in the city's history. Free guided tours are available every Saturday, with no prior reservations necessary. Put Elizabeth Fort at the forefront of your travel plans using our Cork trip maker app .
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  • We just popped into the Fort randomly but were lucky as a free guided tour had just started moments before (at 1 pm!). Very positive: both, admission and tour are free of charge. We very much enjoyed ...  more »
  • What a great free tour. Lovely to see the setting of the formal Garda station and family homes. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and appeared to have a genuine love of the fort and its history. A h...  more »
  • Strong as such does not have much, they tell you their stories and has several sculptures, and assumes that 1 it tells you the history a guide. The best are the views out there, almost all Cork looks pretty good, and also the entrance is free.
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  • Free admission. There is some history to the fort, so I would suggest taking a guided tour to truly appreciate it (available only at some select times). If you visited mainly for the views, you'll end up being bitterly disappointed. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
  • I have been living in cork all my life but only visited Elizabeth fort two weeks ago for the first time, it's not huge but is very interesting with great views of the city from the walls, worth a visit
  • I'm almost sure it is not the best-kept monument in town. Anyways the city council had made a strong effort to give it back to the population, and I'm confident that the situation will only improve in coming years. From its walls you can get a really nice view of the city centre and St. Finn Barr's Cathedral.
  • There are great views of the city from up on the walls. Can be a bit difficult to find the entrance as it is set back from the road. Well worth the trip.
  • You would love this fort. In middle of the real captal of Ireland.

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Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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