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Charles Fort Charles Fort Charles Fort Summer Cove, Kinsale, Ireland
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Charles Fort Charles Fort Charles Fort Summer Cove, Kinsale, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I arrived just in time for the tour of the fort, it was a windy day and it helped to bring to mind how cold it must have been to be stationed here in winters gone by! The tour was well organised and the local...More

Thank Frank R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a self guided tour of Charles Fort. It was time well spent learning about the fortification and history of the fort and how it played a major role of the area. It is a pleasant walk from Kinsale along the harbor.

Thank Ed50_13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived after hours so unfortunately we could not enter the fort. However we were able to walk on the grounds around the outside and the fort looks spectacular! You can walk on the left and right side and the sunset around that area was...More

1  Thank Kayla B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't pay to go into the actual fort but walked around it in a sunday morning to clear the head and down by the water. Great visit, stunning views and good photo opportunities.

Thank Sinead B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

road construction and parking area repair prevented late season visitation. The Fort is situated right on the water and alongside a narrow, but busy road. Road repair effectively cut off access to the fort and reconstruction of the associated car park made a visit nearly...More

Thank JH P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there before they opened for the day, so we could only walk the exterior grounds, but good Lord, it was beautiful! A great view into Kinsale Harbor set with the background of the fort that dates from the 1600s, really made for some...More

Thank Erik K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

12 acre historical fort with much history and outstanding views of Kinsale harbor and estuary. Easy walk from downtown

Thank Bruce T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

spent a few hours just soaking in the history of the place ,worth a visit ,we went end of summer so nice and quiet.worth a look.

Thank down2earthnz
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

You can rent a bicycle in town and take the quick bike ride to the fort. I really think this is the best way to do it. It's not a hard ride, and you can go on the footpath which sets a very atmospheric entry....More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The biggest pleasure in going to the fort is the meandering walk to it from Kinsale, via the glaringly yellow Spaniard Pub and through Scilly (and another pub if you want to stop again...). The views across the estuary are wonderful. The Fort is massive...More

Thank Kevin F
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12 August 2015|
Response from Daniel S |
Killarney to Dingle look into the 'Go to' bus it goes from Killarney to Dingle for 10 ero. It does not go from the bus station. Check the web.