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Elizabeth Fort

Barrack Street, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 497 5947
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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; 12noon - 5pm Free guided tour every day at 1pm, no booking necessary.
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Barrack Street, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 497 5947
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This hidden gem was awesome. The guys were knowledgeable and incredible to talk to. If you visit Cork you have to see this place!

Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited this fort today and without exaggeration it was the best tour I have ever been tour! Our guide was Sean who was very knowledgable and passionate about Irish history. We were lucky in the sense that there was no one else except our...More

Thank s4chli
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A local recommended that we visit Elizabeth Fort while in Cork, and I'm so glad we did! This isn't an elaborate or deeply involved place to visit, but if you like exploring old buildings and learning a bit of history while you're at it, this...More

Thank maryruthphawkins
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We (myself and two boys aged 9 and 4) visited on a drizzly day - and it was still fab. It was short enough to hold their attention but big enough for them to use their imagination and pretend to be soldiers, do a bit...More

Thank Miniquinnie
Reviewed 13 September 2017

My husband was having his haircut across the street, and I was looking for a spot to keep our boys busy. This FREE, outdoor museum was just great. We learned some history and the exhibits are interactive. Can you ever have enough photos of your...More

Thank Julia X
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

The guided tour around Elizabeth Fort is really interesting for anyone keen to learn more about the history of Cork and it's relation to the neighboring countries. Our guide was great at making the stories come to life. The tour lasted about 45-50 minutes so...More

Thank olafurjonthoroddsen
Reviewed 12 September 2017

A 17th century star fort which is free to enter. Daily at 1pm is a guided tour. The fort was built for defensive fortification but also used as military baracks, a prison & garda station. There are some plaques that detail the history & some...More

Thank Debra C
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Now a Garda station overlooking the city, this fort was built in the aftermath of the Battle of Kinsale (1601) and has served many purposes during its time. I visited a time before the guided tour which would have helped me gain a better appreciation...More

Thank Michael-Newbury
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Elizabeth Fort was first built in 1601, outside the medieval walls of Cork and it was called after Queen Elizabeth 1st. Subsequently, in the time of James 1st, it was felt that the fort could be used by his enemies in their fight against the...More

1  Thank Judith38Cork_Ireland
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We arrived at the Fort just as a tour was beginning and the guide invited us along. So glad we did this! It is a fairly small fort with lots of history and the guide was very knowledgeable, low key, and gave a great tour....More

1  Thank Sarah C
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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
25 October 2015|
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.