Elizabeth Fort
Elizabeth Fort
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10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
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12:00 - 17:00
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Elizabeth Fort is Ireland's best preserved urban artillery fortification and one of Cork’s oldest and most historic sites. Located right in the heart of Cork City, visitors can enjoy panoramic views from the ancient bastions, walk the walls and discover the tumultuous story of this impressive site!
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  • Kristine B
    Orlando, Florida274 contributions
    So much history!
    I learned so much from my visit to Elizabeth Fort. It was raining when I went so I didn’t ask about the guided tour (although I wish I had), but the admission is free and the history information inside the building of the fort is really interesting. I spent a good 20-25 minutes reading about the history of the fort, particularly its time as a women’s prison. The views outside were spectacular, as you actually you get to climb up into the fort and walk about three-quarters of the way around. This is a great stop in Cork, especially if you go up Keyser’s Hill to get to it (which dates back to Viking times).
    Visited March 2020
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 March 2020
  • DeeJayDee
    Belfast, United Kingdom196 contributions
    Free attraction with good views
    Elizabeth Fort is a short walk from the Cathedral. Entrance is free, and you can buy a paper guide (1 euro) or audio guide (3 euro). There are very enthusiastic guides (as in people) on hand to welcome you and tell you a little about the fort. One of the buildings has an exhibition about the fort's history and about some of the people who were held here pending transport to Australia. Both were interesting and won't take up too much time. Other than that you can walk around the walls and look out over Cork city. Given its proximity to the centre of the City (10 or 15 minutes walk maximum) I'd say it's worth going to see.
    Visited August 2021
    Written 13 August 2021
  • PandFB
    Wirral, United Kingdom383 contributions
    Tangible History!
    I would thoroughly recommend anyone visiting Cork to put this on their itinerary, especially as it’s free! The fort Sites overlooking the town and is very close to the Cathedral. There is a small museum and you can walk around the walls of the fort learning about the function of the various areas within the fort but also, thanks to helpful guides on the walkway, you can see various landmarks around Cork City which are visible from the walls. There are audio guides available at the entrance should you require but we opted just to walk around and absorb the history of the the place. To be honest we weren’t sure whether to bother as we had just come from the Cathedral where we felt that whilst worth the visit, the entrance fee for the Cathedral was a bit steep for what it was.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
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rossdmd
Panama City Beach, FL856 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Arriving in Cobh on a cruise ship for a day, we looked at the local visitor center and then decided to take the train to Cork. A local girl recommended we just walk to the fort. Great advice. The fort was a great view, a nice half hour and then we wandered back trough town, The story of the fort through the centuries is interesting.
Written 4 June 2023
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pandi0n1
Slough, UK21 contributions
May 2023
This is a little off the beaten track and not well known (even by people in Cork!). Everyone I spoke to in Cork, did their best to get me to go to places outside the city. Stubbornly, I went to Elizabeth Fort. This is an old fort, subsequently used as a prison and Garda HQ. It is free to look around and they are in the process of restoring the grounds.

You are free to walk around the ramparts and there is enough information here for you to work out the development of the star-shaped fort. You also get some excellent views over Cork.

Inside the old Garda station, there is a small exhibition on the history of the fort and some detail about its' use as a womens prison.

I was there for about an hour. Loved it.
Written 2 June 2023
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babykong
London, UK545 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Free entry; although you can pay €1 for a map, or €3 for an audio guide. I opted to walk around without purchasing either, and just read the various points of information dotted around the Fort.

I’d read somewhere that you get great views of Cork from the Fort - and if you like car parks, then you’re in for a treat! The views weren’t great, but that wasn’t my main reason for visiting the Fort anyway.

I really enjoyed the exhibition inside the old Garda Station - especially learning about the women who were held prisoner at the Fort before being transported to Australia.

Also I’d just like to say how super friendly and welcoming the staff were. There was no pressure to purchase the maps or audio guides, but they were both gave fantastic customer service regardless.
Written 1 June 2023
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Yvonne E
Cork, Ireland115 contributions
Apr 2023
I took my nieces here as I'd only even realised it existed a few months back and had it in my mind to go and explore.

It's free entry which is great - the staff member we met upon entering was very friendly and I did pay for a paper guide which was a couple of euro I think and there was an option for an audio guide also if you wanted it.

With a 10 and 12 year old running amok, I didn't think I'd get time to listen to the audio guide! We had a go at putting the girls into the stocks which was fun and then climbed up the steps to see the stunning views out over Cork city and towards St Finbarr's Cathedral. The severed heads stuck on long pikes were a sight to behold. We also checked out the WWII bunker (happily never required) and had a quick look around the museum area but the girls were too impatient to spend much time there.

It's a lovely area and the young woman we met on entry told us we were free to bring our own food or drink in and sit in the courtyard to enjoy it which is a lovely idea.

Definitely worth a visit if you're in Cork.
Written 27 April 2023
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PandFB
Wirral, UK383 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
I would thoroughly recommend anyone visiting Cork to put this on their itinerary, especially as it’s free! The fort Sites overlooking the town and is very close to the Cathedral. There is a small museum and you can walk around the walls of the fort learning about the function of the various areas within the fort but also, thanks to helpful guides on the walkway, you can see various landmarks around Cork City which are visible from the walls.

There are audio guides available at the entrance should you require but we opted just to walk around and absorb the history of the the place. To be honest we weren’t sure whether to bother as we had just come from the Cathedral where we felt that whilst worth the visit, the entrance fee for the Cathedral was a bit steep for what it was.
Written 10 April 2023
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MICK0950
Hinckley, United Kingdom490 contributions
Mar 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed been shown round and learned a lot. The young guide explained that she was Italian but she had excellent command of English and really brought the site to life. The time passed very quickly and together with the exhibition on site, it was well worth visiting.
Written 3 April 2023
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Karen
Appia SS 7, Italy19 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Was greeted on arrival by a lovely lady, explaining it was free entry to walk around on our own or 3euro for a guided tour. We chose to walk around on our own you can walk around the wall of the Fort,lovely views across Cork City, very informative with different features as you walk around took around 40mins ,there is a picnic area so you can have some lunch in the courtyard
Written 15 March 2023
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Jeff H
15 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
Visited on a cold grey Sunday afternoon and found it really interesting. Definitely worth getting the audio guide (€3 - cash only).
Tbe history of the Fort is pretty much the history of Cork and linked to the various tussles for power in Ireland.
Young (it's relative) lady at the entry kiosk was very friendly and helpful.
Only lost one star because the museum was unfortunately closed on the day I visited.
Written 8 January 2023
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MARIA
5 contributions
Aug 2022
Interesting historic sight with fabulous views of Cork city. Museum history boards were very informative. Could do with coffee shop.
Written 18 August 2022
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ScottG
Annapolis, Maryland3 contributions
Jul 2022
There are guided tours, but it was nice to walk around and explore. Great views of Cork! Definitely recommend it if you are in Cork.
Written 5 August 2022
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