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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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  • I visited for free during a culture day (free entrance) and it is nice, but really small, I won't pay much to visit - it allows a great point of view on the city though.  more »
  • Amazing place with big history in very heart of Cork-city. Was there on Cork Open Day with free guided tour. The guide was a brilliant story teller and I still remember his colorful stories. Must see ...  more »
  • We timed it well for a free guided tour at 1pm. Guide was friendly and informative and knew his stuff. Tour took about 40 mins. There are things to read if you don't do the tour but we really enjoyed ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The fort is partially open to the public and it is well worth the a visit for the views over the city. The first time I visited I was impressed mainly because I did not know that it existed. This year when I visited I realised that there was not much to see within the fort itself and that the view was really the only thing that makes it worth visiting more than once.
  • Nice diversion from shopping. Good information boards & views of the city. 20 minutes walk from the centre
  • As others have said, the fort itself is not all that interesting, but the views over the city are great! Loads of information on the history of the fort is displayed everywhere, which is very nice. Entrance is free, so there's really nothing to lose, and you can even get a free tour at 1pm!
  • free entrance. just a freat walk on top of the wall with great views of Cork. lovely.