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Charles Fort, Kinsale

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A fine example of a star-shaped military structure, Charles Fort once served as an important part of a waterfront defense system designed to resist cannon attacks. Built in the 1670s on the site of a medieval castle, the fort remained in use until 1922, playing a key role in some of the most important battles in Irish history. Two giant bastions, the fort's main features, overlook the water, while three others face inland. To learn the history behind the fort's weather-beaten walls and see what remains of the old military barracks and support facilities, join a daily guided tour, available year-round. The tour involves a walk on rocky terrain, so bring appropriate footwear. To visit Charles Fort on your trip to Kinsale, use our Kinsale travel itinerary planner.
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  • Great stop in Kinsale. Learned a lot about the history of the area and of Ireland in general. Really nice exhibits and views from around the fort. free first Wednesday of the month.  more »
  • With its start shape, it is considered to be one of the best examples of military architecture in Europe. There, you'll also learn Ireland's history, and you'll get an idea of how men used to live the...  more »
  • Loved the tour and history, but the views were stunning. We were there on a perfect Sunday afternoon and watching the sailboats in the harbor was so cool. Easy to walk the fort and our guide was a lot...  more »
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  • An impressive structure with a lot of history. We really enjoyed our visit and at only €4 for an adult it's very worthwhile. The exhibition is good, but could be extended if more buildings were refurbished.
  • Entrance fee is only £4 for adults. We spent about 45 minutes walking around the fort. The coastal view is very nice. A part of it was because the weather today was good with clear sky and cool wind. Would definitely recommend you to visit this place if you are in kinsale, Ireland.
  • Excellent historical sight with amazing views. A nice 50 minute walk from Kinsale city centre
  • Charles Fort was a very cool old fort. After seeing so many of forts and castles during our time in Ireland, this was a nice way to learn about the next evolution of defensive structures and how warfare developed over time. The exhibits are very thorough and you can explore almost every inch of the fort without restriction. The views of Kinsale harbor are fantastic as well. Well worth a visit.
  • One of Europe's most interesting forts. Absolutely worth a visit.