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Elizabeth Fort

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Gorgeous views and free entry

As a corkonian I am embarrassed I have not done this sooner. It was a lovely thing to do for an... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
County Cork, Ireland
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Great stories and anecdotes told by the hilarious tour guide Stephen. Interesting place to visit... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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 April) Tuesday to Saturday; 10am - 5pm...more
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Elizabeth Fort 1 Barrack Street, Cork T12 C8A0, Ireland
+353 21 497 5947
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As a corkonian I am embarrassed I have not done this sooner. It was a lovely thing to do for an hour. The views are amazing and the staff were very informative.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank uplands99
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great stories and anecdotes told by the hilarious tour guide Stephen. Interesting place to visit. Rich with history and a spooky vibe to it would definitely recommend a visit. 10/10

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CodyLou
Reviewed 13 December 2018

Strolling around Elizabeth fort really makes you feel like you're back in the days when it was being used.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank goaroundearth
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Popped in here for a quick look on our way to the Cathedral. There isn't masses to see but the displays are well done & you get some good views of the city, plus it is free to enter.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Angel57
Reviewed 10 December 2018

It's a great place to see Cork from above and it's free, so that's good! Some information about the castle and its history is also provided.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank BenPoulpi
Reviewed 19 November 2018

This is an excellent fort to visit. It oozes history and was so well presented by the affable and knowledgeable guide Steve. What a gem (the fort)! It tells the story from the 9 Years War, Cromwell, the Williamite Wars, the War of Independence, Civil...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Derryhick
Reviewed 24 October 2018

A wonderful old fort, fantastic views over Cork. Somewhere that is actually free to visit. We would have paid the views are fantastic.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Malcolm489
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We did not take the guided tour but on our own it was nothing special. Seen better in Ireland. Not every thing can be turned into an attraction..More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Beluga58
Peter L, Manager at Elizabeth Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Hello Beluga58, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I would recommend the guided tour, it might offer a better context for the fort and why it is not the way it is, having been used for many different purposes over the last...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

We were lucky to get a guided tour of the fort, in Irish, which made it even more interesting. It is a fascinating place with a history that includes Elizabeth the First and Cromwell.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

In the heart of Cork, in Ballyphehane, is an old British fort/police barracks. The IRA had burned it down during the revolution. Though some parts were still used as a police barracks until recently. It has been, and is still being done over to make...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank dennis1776
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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.