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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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  • Spent a short morning walking around the grounds of this old fort. The sights are amazing and worth the small entrance fee. Plus I found a fairie door!!!!  more »
  • The guided tour was well worth the entrance fee. A very educational experience. Irish history is very complex.  more »
  • We arrived at 9:00 a.m. (1 hour before opening) on a bright Sunny morning. This gave us time to walk the perimeter of the fort for photos without anyone else around. Lots of neat perspectives and angl...  more »
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  • Definitely worth the 5€ entrance fee. Really nice place to visit, lots of history. It's a 40 minute walk from Kinsale but it's a nice walk. I would highly recommend it and would go again.
  • This was fantastic. So much to walk around, so many incredible ruins to see and walk THROUGH. We were warned it might be closed and we'd just see it from the outside, that alone would have been cool, but it was open and walking through each portion of it was AMAZING. And all of it is right alongside the water, making it an absolutely beautiful setting. There is one and only one thing I point out as a flaw. There is so much history there and so many things and stories to tell, that it was really frustrating that there was no tour offered. We asked and they apparently do it at busier times of year. Okay, I get that, but then create an AUDIO guide at least. Add signs on each part that show what room it is, there was so little information while walking around it was really limiting. Yes there was information before you started but this could be one of my favorite tours of all time if it was explained to me along the way, I really hope they do something about it, I could see this becoming like the Tower of London tour where people in costume take you around and tell you stories at each part, it would draw loads of crowds. Just a really missed opportunity, because it's an awesome site.
  • Very nice and interesting to walk around the premises. We walked from Kinsale town to the fort and the walk per se was very scenic. Would definitely recommend!
  • 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.