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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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 11, 2017
    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 »
  • August 11, 2017
    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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  • July 5, 2017
    Worder place. Great views to Cork city. Cree entrance
  • May 24, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    Beautiful view from the top. Worth going up there.
  • March 25, 2017
    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.
  • September 23, 2016
    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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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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