James Fort, Kinsale

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  • As other people have written this is more a ruin than a fort but it is an easy walk and there is a great view of the harbor. If you can take a walk to the beach right by it is very pretty view as well...  more »
  • The ruins are not huge or notable like other ones nearby, but they do make a lovely stop and are a pretty addition to a photo of Kinsale Harbor.  more »
  • The six kilometer round trip walk is the perfect counter part to all of the eating one does in Kinsale. We did this walk on each of our two stays and really enjoy the history and the beautiful views f...  more »
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  • We'd already visited the very well preserved Charles Fort across the water, and now we were starting our day here at James Fort. You need to park down a ways and walk up to it, but it's an easy walk. The ruins are interesting to walk around and there are a few signs around to give you context and history of what you're seeing. You can see evidence that people camp up there. We're glad we explored it, and it was cool to compare and contrast the two forts. I think we only saw 5 other people there, as we'd gone right after having breakfast. I bet it would be cool to see at sunset, as well.
  • Nice little area, the view of Kinsale Harbour, Kinsale Town and Charles Fort is great and definitely worth the visit alone. However James Fort as such isn't open and cannot be entered, the view inside is also heavily obstructed. There is also very limited information available, so all exploring has to be done on your own merits. Nonetheless worth a visit, considering parking is just around the corner and the visit as such is also free; same as the parking.
  • Fantastic views from here but not too much else, still worth it on a nice day!
  • Very interesting and cool to explore. The inside of the castle was closed off from public view, which is why I rate 4 stars. There was no guides, so all exploring was done alone. Around this castle are a lot of small roads connecting different parts of a defense network. It's very beautiful and would be a nice place to have a picnic. There wasn't that many tourists around the fort either. To explore all the walk ways and outside fortifications require quite a lot of walking. Would also be a nice place to walk your dogs or bring children.
  • Not always open but has really nice views of kinsale and lovely to walk around.
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