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Elizabeth Fort Tours and Activities

Elizabeth Fort
Built by the British in 1601 and expanded to its present star-shaped form in the 1620s, Elizabeth Fort has stood witness to many turbulent periods of Cork history. Originally serving as a military barracks, this fort later functioned as a police station before 2014 when the city embarked on a plan to turn it into a tourist attraction.
 
The Basics
Part of the historic defenses of Cork, Elizabeth Fort is frequently seen on walking tours of the city, alongside other key sights, such as St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Queen’s Old Castle, and St. Anne’s Church. Visitors may wander around the fort independently, pose for photographs at the stocks or with model soldiers, and take in the excellent views of the city from the fort’s walls. Guided tours take place daily.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Elizabeth Fort is a must for history and military enthusiasts.
  • Bring a camera to capture photographs of Cork from the ramparts.
  • The fort is not accessible for wheelchair users.
 
How to Get There
Elizabeth Fort sits on Barrack Street in central Cork, and is easily accessible on foot. The fort is about five minutes’ walk from Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and less than 10 minutes from St. Patrick’s Street and the English Market.
 
When to Get There
Elizabeth Fort is open daily, but hours are more limited on Sundays. It’s busiest, though rarely crowded, during the summer. Tours take place at 1pm and are on a first-come first-served basis.
 
Charles Fort
For travelers who are interested in military history, Charles Fort in Kinsale—about 30 minutes’ drive south of Cork—is a must. Another star-shaped fort dating back to the 17th century, Charles Fort is significantly larger than Elizabeth Fort. Inside, visitors can view exhibits depicting the daily lives of soldiers stationed here, explore 18th and 19th-century ruins, and admire stunning views of Kinsale Harbour.

Address: Barrack Street, Cork, County Cork T12, Ireland
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Private Cork City Tour, Kinsale and Jameson Distillery

Private Cork City Tour, Kinsale and Jameson Distillery

This great tour starts at one famous fishing town and its historic port: Kinsale We drive back to Kinsale and visit Charles Fort, situated on a cliff overlooking Kinsale harbour. Then we will explore Kinsale. Kinsale is a busy town with a wide choice of bars, restaurants and cafes. Then we will drive back to Cork. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. It is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see. On this tour we will pass by some of its main attractions: the English Market, one of the world’s oldest municipal markets. St. Anne’s Cathedral which is known for the famous Shandon Bells tower, St. Patrick´s Street, main shopping street in the city, The Victorian Quarter, The house of Annie Moore - Ellis Island´s first immigrant, Huguenot Cemetery and Elizabeth Fort. Small stop at Saint Fin Barre´s Cahedral, have your camera ready!! We can´t leave Cork without visiting the famous Jameson Distillery PLEASE NOTE: WALKING INVOLVED MISSING YOU ALREADY!!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$403.09
Price varies by group size
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$403.09
Price varies by group size
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Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour

Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour

Save money by opting for an audio walking tour of Cork rather than joining a pricier guided tour. A self-guided audio tour is perfect for visitors wanting to learn more about the history or Cork, but wanting to explore at their own pace. Download the audio file and a fully detailed map of the tour and then you’ll set out for a stroll through Cork’s historic St. Patrick’s Street, the English Market, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and more.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$15.29
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