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Elizabeth Fort is an early Seventeenth-century star-shaped fort in Cork City. This fort is steeped in history and the walls of the fort offer a fantastic view of the city below. Opening hours (October to May) Tuesday to Saturday; 10am - 5pm Sunday...more
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Elizabeth Fort 1 Barrack Street, Cork T12 C8A0, Ireland
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All reviewsfree entrygarda stationguided tourair raid shelterfree attractioncork cityfree tourupper walkwaynice view over the citybrass monkeyfin barre's cathedralrecent historymilitary barracksshort visitopen to the publicinteresting place to visitwould recommend a visit
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic tour today!!! Thank you Sean for engaging us all with your knowledge and history of both Elizabeth Fort and Cork City. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Jenny M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across Elizabeth Fort by chance and found it fascinating. It's surroundings are a interesting insight into Cork too. It has great views over the city and whilst a 'work in progress' it is well worth a trip and it's free! I imagine that...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a interesting place and the entry is free. It was located close to my hotel ( The Metropole Hotel; see other review ).

Thank Denis L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing hidden gem behind stone walls. Plenty of information to read if you so a self guided tour and beautiful views. Think it's nicer to have human commentary rather than reading plaques.

Thank Renzo_Joe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are visiting St Fin Barre Cathedral then I will suggest you visit this Fort which is only 2 mins walk. It has free entrance. You can walk along the Fort and see the whole Cork city from the Top. And it is a...More

Thank Deepshe10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We'd visited several forts as we'd traveled Ireland and as we walked Cork we'd both agreed we were "forted out." And then we spotted the entrance to Elizabeth Fort and said, "Oh look! A fort!" and we wandered in. It's a short visit and provides...More

Thank quinnunit66
Reviewed 6 July 2018

It's a very clean and well kept fort with great views of the city. There are some information up along your walk so you at get some idea of the history of the place. You can book a tour for a few Euro, but I...More

1  Thank John G
Reviewed 5 July 2018

This is a worthy stop for families with kids and the daily tour at 1 is lovely. Our tour guide was interesting and funny and kind and a wealth of knowledge of the city.

Thank ofeelia9
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Nice place to pass some time and walk around! The views are gorgeous and its quite interesting too! Would recommend!

Thank hazwalsh
Reviewed 28 June 2018

All well as great views of the city, there are statues representing past occupants of the fort that bring it to life. It is also free for a change.

Thank Steve M
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amethyst2017
My family from Cork originates with John Cooley, who was baptized at St. Finnbar's 9/14/1800. His parents are listed as Thomas Cooley and Ellenor Fife/Fiffe. At the time of his baptism their address was given as "St. Barry's G Mila". In 1802 for a sibling's baptism it is shown as "Galwy Mila. Galway Regt.". I take it this means his father was in the military. Would he have been living with his family at the Elizabeth Fort since it was located so close to St. Finnbar's? John Cooley who was my 3x great grandfather was a bodyguard for Daniel O'Connell. In 1836 he left Ireland and settled in Hereford, England. In 1851 he and his family left there and immigrated to New York State. His occupation was a printer/compositor, having been apprenticed in Cork at the age of 13. When he died in 1874, he was the oldest printer in New York State, having been at his job for 60 years. I plan to make a trip to Cork from New York soon, and would be interested in finding out more about him and the family in Cork. Would there be military records for his father that far back and where would they be held? Thanks for your help.
24 January 2017|
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Response from Peter L | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for getting in touch. It's great to hear you have been doing so much research before your planned trip. Elizabeth Fort would indeed have been a military barracks in 1800. The fort and another barracks across... More
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Response from Peter L | Property representative |
Hi. Yes, Elizabeth Fort is open today from 12 noon to 5pm, there is also a guided tour at 1pm. The fort is around 10-15 minuted by foot from the Clarion Hotel.
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