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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 did not know what to expect here. And after the bit of a hike to get to it, I really hoped for the best. I was not disappointed. From our entrance, to our exit, this was a very enjoyable experience....  read more »
  • The folks that work here made this stop well worth it. They really know the history of the fort, and that era. While I wouldn't call myself a history buff, I really enjoyed the history of this fort. N...  read more »
  • Really enjoyed our visit to the Fort- very informative, lovely views, and a nice place to get tea with a view after your walk. Highly recommend! 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great day out. Loads to see and good value. The views are amazing and there's a nice walk to a boat yard nearby.
  • Year by year this amazing fort has more and more areas restored and made safe to visit. Worth paying the modest admission charge to access the excellent exhibition.
  • Great views! I didn't pay the 4 euros to go in, but rather walked around the area and then down to the Bulman restaurant to enjoy the view from there
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