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Elizabeth Fort

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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A very interesting historic site withing walking distance of Cork

We were lucky to get a guided tour of the fort, in Irish, which made it even more interesting. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Patricia F
Cork, Ireland
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The guided tour was brilliant. Centuries of history presented in a funny and interesting way. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cork, Ireland
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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
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All reviews free entry garda station air raid shelter guided tour free attraction cork city free tour upper walkway nice view over the city brass monkey fin barre's cathedral military barracks short visit recent history open to the public interesting place to visit would recommend a visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Beluga58
Peter L, Manager at Elizabeth Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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.

Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guided tour was brilliant. Centuries of history presented in a funny and interesting way. The guide was open to any questions. Lots of time to roam around afterwards. Well worth the time, I’ll be going back.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spending a day in Cork, I feel if you're heading towards the Cathedral anyway, you might as well as stop here too... and it's free! We didn't take the tour, just went through by ourselves and read all the information plaques. The place still appeared...More

Thank James L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour with a fantastic guide. Lovely guide very entertaining with plenty of information! Well worth the tour.

Thank Lizzie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were shown around the Fort by Peter who was an excellent guide & really knew the history of this city fort. Although we are from Cork City we had never been inside the Fort before. Would definitely recommend that all Corkonians and visitors to...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2018

We happened to pass Elizabeth Fort, saw that it was open and went for a stroll around. The air raid shelter is interesting, and it's nice to walk around on a dry, sunny day.

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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Had a great time exploring the fort. Our guide Séan was fantastic. 10/10 would recommend. We brought our 11 year old nephew on the tour and he loved it.

Thank Kate O
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Went on a group visit today to Elizabeth Fort. An educational, enjoyable, worthwhile visit suitable for all ages. Steve was an excellent & entertaining guide. Would definitely recommend this.

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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.