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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. Use our Kinsale trip itinerary website to arrange your visit to Charles Fort and other attractions in Kinsale.
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  • This is a great Fort to visit and see how the military lived. They have done a very good job of keeping it up and restoring building. Lots of good information about this fort through out the... 
    This is a great Fort to visit and see how the military lived. They have done a very good job of keeping it up and restoring building. Lots of good information about this fort through out the...  more »
  • Walk--don't drive--to this historical landmark on the edge of Kinsale. Take the Scilly Walk there and the high road back--great stuff to see along the way. The fort itself has a very interesting... 
    Walk--don't drive--to this historical landmark on the edge of Kinsale. Take the Scilly Walk there and the high road back--great stuff to see along the way. The fort itself has a very interesting...  more »
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  • We took a day trip over to Kinsale to see the fort. Lots to walk around and see if you like viewing old structures. The three exhibitions were a nice addition. I do wish there was a bit more information in some of the structures, such as the barracks, indicating what some of the rooms were used for. But definitely worth the stop!
  • An outstanding outpost of tourism set on a picturesque location. Very informative historical exhibits and videos. And a nice cost little cafe inside for all sorts of weather conditions.

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