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Elizabeth Fort, Cork

(4.1/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We could go on a tour, given by a man with heart for his city. He told a lot about the history of Cork and of the fort. We found it a present! We have learned more about this beautiful place and this beautiful city! The man told his story with passion and humor. This is really a must!
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  • We visited Elizabeth Fort and were given a great tour by Sean - completely for free. The tour was very informative and Sean was approachable and friendly in his delivery. The fort itself offers fantas...  more »
  • Cultural tour and free in this well maintained building and that provides a panoramic view of the city. It's worth a stop.
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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.