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Elizabeth Fort 1 Barrack Street, Cork T12 C8A0, 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 Guided tour every day at 1pm, no booking necessary.
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“garda station” (9 reviews)
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Elizabeth Fort 1 Barrack Street, Cork T12 C8A0, Ireland
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"free entry"
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"garda station"
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"free guided tour"
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"air raid shelter"
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"free attraction"
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"cork city"
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"barrack st"
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"amazing views of the city"
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"upper walkway"
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"fin barre's cathedral"
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"recent history"
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"open to the public"
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"informative tour"
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"historical significance"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been living in Cork for over 4 years and never glad we went. We did the new guided tour and learned a lot about the fort and the city itself. Great place to visit, it also has a great view.

Thank Eden E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fort was nice to walk around and read about. It let you see cork’s views from a good height. It has a section about WW2 and the Nazis which was very interesting.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been living in Cork for over 10 months and never heard about this fort. I’m glad I went. We did the new guided tour and learned a lot about the fort and the city itself. It wasn’t too long or overloaded with information. The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Elizabeth Fort as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. I haved lived in Cork forever and never about this beautiful fort.

Thank odriscollsheila2
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there one afternoon while the sun was shining, lots of steps, great view over the area, interesting little snippets of history, reference Brass Monkey weather, you must go to find out what this is!!! I learned a thing or two haha. I was...More

Thank evecole
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Peter L, Manager at Elizabeth Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Evecole, Thank you for your review. You will be please to hear that work will be starting shortly on renovating two of the houses as self-catering holiday accommodation. Regards, Peter

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We wouldn't have known about this attraction but for the intervention of a local passer by. It's just a few minutes' walk from the city centre and it's free. In its time it's been fortress, prison and garda station. There's a great panoramic view over...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

We joined a tour which lasted 45 minutes and was about the history of the forth and the city of Cork. Our guide made it really interesting and also funny.

Thank Pinkoala
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The Elisabeth Fort offers free walking tours around the fort which last around 45min. We had a very nice guid (The name could have been Henry) who talked about the history (and future) of the ford and the city of Cork where you learn a...More

Thank muffineu
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We accidentally come across this when we were walking along the River Lee. We saw the sign post and decided to have a look. Entrance to this old Police station is free. As you go along the fort wall, you will see placards with history...More

Thank Vidya K
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

My friends and I visited last week. It's free entry and you get great views of the City. You can spend as little as 10 minutes if you're in a rush, or if you have more time you can spend time in the air raid...More

Thank James C
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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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