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. Use our Kinsale trip itinerary website to arrange your visit to Charles Fort and other attractions in Kinsale.
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  • I was blown away by the size of Charles Fort. We had a blast exploring every nook and cranny. The views were so astonishing that we didn't want to leave. Worth every penny!  more »
  • Walked from the town - less than 30mins easy walk, and well worth it. 2 lovely girls on reception who were more than helpful with outlining where everything was and the history is very well explained ...  more »
  • It is quite a walk up hill from Kinsale and a bit of a tricky drive but worth it. This fort is very intact with a lot of interesting information available about its history.  more »
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  • This is an expansive fort with beautiful views all around. It gives you the opportunity to see how soldiers stationed here lived and worked in the fort and is a great place to practice your photography skills. If you have children they have a fun little scavenger hunt where they look for helpful monsters around the fort. They receive a worksheet with the monsters they have to find and as you explore the fort you'll find laminated sheets with a description of each monster along with a story. My son couldn't get enough of it and when we were ready to leave he didn't want to go because there was still a monster he hasn't found. It's a great way to keep the kiddos interested so you can spend more time on the grounds without a bored child hurrying you along.
  • The fort is amazing. The sheer size is unbelievable. You can easily spend a couple of hours walking around and not see the same area twice. If you enjoy military history or just like scenic views this location is a must see.
  • This little great little Napoleonic era star for us free and completely accessible. My daughter and I had a lot of fun poking through it and getting pictures of her climbing on top of the old guns. A great stop on a fun cycling tour.
  • Fantastic fort to visit. We didn't plan to come here but it was well worth the stop. We ended up staying 1.5 hrs walking around the fort, taking plenty of pictures and enjoying the views. It seemed like we were on the edge of the world. I recommend visiting it you love this type of architecture and history. Well worth it. Admission was free yesterday and the price was 5€ for adults. 13€ for families.
  • Outstanding Landmark in great condition. Admission is not free to enter, it's certainly worth it! The view over the coast line and Kinsale Town and Harbour is absolutely gorgeous. Throughout the fort you will find historical markers, educational pieces of information and historical pictures, fully emerging you in the history of the fort.
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