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.
Tours to Charles Fort
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Duration: 7 hours
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Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Charles Fort Reviews
We walked around the Charles Fort and couldn’t believe the amazing preserved history. This is a must see if you love history. more »
We intended to walk but having turned back 1/4 of the way for a “comfort break” drove instead. Parking is readily available and €5 seemed very reasonable to wander around an impressive spot and learn ... more »
One of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Ireland. Which must be seen. Fort is in ruin, only few buildings are renovated, but the views are spectacular. The most spectacular viewing point is 'Devil bastion' now is closed for public, open only to organized groups. During summer time there is small coffee shop. I also recommend a walk around the fort.
It's a great spot. Great views. Even if you don't go inside the fort it's still absolutely worth visiting the spot. Do the short walk around the fort as well (to the left of it).
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