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Elizabeth Fort Tours

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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Cork Self-Guided Audio TourAudio Guides

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
  • Taking safety measures
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The best of Cork the “Real Capital” private walking tourDay Trips

The best of Cork the “Real Capital” private walking tour

Cork city is one of Ireland's oldest cities. In this walking tour, you will discover the hidden tales from the past. Learn about Cork's rich history back to its Viking origins, it's architecture, and current life. The starting time of the tour depends on the time your ship dock in Cruise Port. Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Port. You will have a guided walking tour of Cork city and will see all the main sights. Visit a local pub for a pint of Irish beer or just a coffee before you leave Cork City to head back to your cruise ship.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$574.00 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Blarney Castle, Kinsale and Cork Highlights on a private Full-day tourDay Trips

Blarney Castle, Kinsale and Cork Highlights on a private Full-day tour

See the main highlights of Cork and its surroundings on this full-day tour which includes a visit to Cork, and a famous Blarney Castle where you can climb the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. A sightseeing tour of picturesque Kinsale town known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, where you will have delicious lunch to check this status. Start the tour at a cruise terminal in Port of Cork – Cobh where your guide will pick you up. Continue to Kinsale for lunch and short city tour. Kinsale – the gourmet capital of Ireland by the sea, with its narrow spiraling streets and colorfully painted galleries. Then the guide will drive you to Cork for city history and sightseeing tour. Return to Cobh for a short visit before returning to the ship.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,000.00 
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From  
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  • Free Cancellation
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Cork & Cobh Panoramic Tour + Whiskey tasting in Jameson Distillery in MidletonDay Trips

Cork & Cobh Panoramic Tour + Whiskey tasting in Jameson Distillery in Midleton

Visit the charming Cork city with its rich history and see its sights. Explore the Home of Whiskey where every drop of Jameson is produced. The old distillery is a unique experience. Take a tour through history and see the old mills and malting, the water wheel, and the old warehouses. Meet your guide at Cobh Cruise Port. Depart for Cork sightseeing tour with lots of town history and photo stops. After the Cork tour, you can visit one of the well-known for their great atmospheres, food, drink and great music Irish pubs for lunch. Then off to visit the Jameson Distillery where you can enjoy a guided tour and whiskey tasting. Tour ends with a timely return to explore beautiful Cobh and St. Colman’s Cathedral before you return to your cruise ship.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • Free Cancellation
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Private Cork City Tour, Kinsale and Jameson DistilleryFull-day Tours

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$400.60 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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