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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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  • I was not able to view the inside as the doors were closing when I got there.It is a gorgeous area.There are wonderful photo opportunities.If you are coming from Kinsale, a wonderful way to get there ...  more »
  • We walked up here in a freezing downpour -not sure what we were thinking, but glad we did! You can walk all around and in the fort, we got to freely explore! And there are indoor sections with informa...  more »
  • When we first went to Kinsale we had not done any research, after reviewing the map near the tourist office we chose to visit Charles Fort and I'm glad we did. The small fee of 5 Euros was very reason...  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.