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Charles Fort, Kinsale

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Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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 visited beautiful Charles Fort today after many years. Fortunately we met with OPW employee Padraig Walsh. His knowledge of the history of this magnificent place is enormous and delivered with...  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit. The fort is situated on a cliff at the entrance to the harbor overlooking Kinsale. Breathtaking views. Family and group friendly.  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.

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