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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  • I've been to the Fort alone in a cold and windy Sunday afternoon, but despite this the free tour in this historical monument and the breathtaking view I have warmed my heart!
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  • I live near here and I have come more than once. Amazing staff, great views, and interesting history. The bunker video was very well done. It's a quick walk from town, grab a takeaway coffee and take ...  more »
  • Wandering around Cork we saw a signpost for this fort so decided to investigate. Delighted we did so because it’s a really interesting fort, has an air raid shelter which is very well preserved. Takin...  more »
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  • Good views from here, but not much to see. They could do more in my opinion to make this a great tourist spot.
  • Interesting historical place on our doorstep. Good short tour and it's free! Kept my 10 year-old interested without boring him.
  • I really enjoyed the Guided tour. There are fabulous views of the city from up there.
  • Superb, free entry and brilliant views of city... Kids loved it.
  • My husband and I went got an excellent tour of this Fort today from a man called Séan. It's an area of the city full of history and Séan knows his history! I hope Cork Corporation see fit to expand this whole project and invest in it for the future. It's amazing to have this Fort within the city centre area of Cork. It's well worth a visit even for locals like us! Cristín
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