Charles Fort, Kinsale

4.6
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. Use our Kinsale trip itinerary website to arrange your visit to Charles Fort and other attractions in Kinsale.
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  • Loved Charles Fort! The history, the structures etc. all fascinating! If you have the time to spare or are looking for something to do between sites check it out! I wasn’t able to see everything due.....  more »
  • Beautiful views of Kinsale harbour and interesting architecture. Well worth a visit.be sure to wear walking shoes as surfaces gravelly and uneven in parts  more »
  • What a great day out considering the C19 restrictions, staff were courteous and very knowledgeable about the site and answered all questions in a relaxed and informative manner. Staff were very...  more »
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  • If you like exploring forts, Charles Fort is a superior example of a star fort. They’re still in the process of restoring it, but there is plenty to see. Lots of amazing views are available on every side. Be sure to book your tour ahead of time as we weren’t able to do the guided tour.
  • This place is huge inside...it really doesn't look like it from the pictures and maps but damn! Cool Irish history lessons nice hike through it. Definitely recommend this place.
  • Nice view. They wouldn't allow dogs in saying that "they would damage the historical site" ; this building stood the test of time there is simply no reason why it would then be damaged by a small dog. Anyways where my dog cannot go with me I will refuse to go myself. Very annoyed with this!!
  • Very beautiful place and views. Good place to take kids , loads of place to run around and explore. You can also find out history of this place. Very nice price, 5 euro.
  • On the tourist trail! Nice way to spend a couple of hours, particularly when the weather is good. Also throw in beautiful views of Kinsale harbour and surrounding area.

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