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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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  • My sister and I walked to the fort from Kinsale. It was definitely worth it. The old structures really ignite your imagination. Even watched the sail boats come in. 
  • We were traveling in a group with two huge coaches. We stopped here having no knowledge of what this was. Once inside I was enthralled by the ruins of this fort. I took more pictures here than probabl...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery and an excellent story of history. Highly recommend to anyone wanting see local history with some beautiful scenery. 
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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.