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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. Add Elizabeth Fort and other attractions to your Cork trip itinerary using our Cork vacation route planner.
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  • Admission is free, and you also benefit from a guided tour of 45 minutes also free. The guide is extraordinary. He has presented a lesson of Ireland's history of the soul and in a very attractive way....  more »
  • It isn't bad, if you go to the Cathedral, is on the side and you can go to see it. It is free and the views of the Cathedral are very nice. There are guided tour but it seems that no fixed time
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  • The entrance is free, so feel free to walk inside. Just for Cork from a higher point. It is in one lot. Many need money ever heal as a monument
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  • Worder place. Great views to Cork city. Cree entrance
  • Amazing views of the city from the ramparts. Went to an art exhibition by the Blackwater collective in the old Garda barracks(police station)...creepy abandoned garda village. Could be a beautiful oasis with a bit of imagination. A walk of the walls is a must. There are guided tours also.
  • Beautiful view from the top. Worth going up there.
  • It's history of cork city,but very little. It has been well looked after but could do with a bit of money put into it to make it more attractive.
  • We visited as part of the annual culture night. We were lucky to catch a free tour. Hand on heart I can say it was amazing. I learnt so much about my city. The tour guide was amazing. The fort is really well restored and is very central. The kids loved it - lots to see and do.

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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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