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Charles Fort

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All reviews guided tour coffee shop scilly walk entrance fee kinsale harbor worth a visit great place to visit interesting history military history walk around sunny day beautiful location spectacular views couple of hours lovely walk ruins town
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are looking for a great view of the Irish coast line and seeing how the residents once lived, this is the place to go.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The fort has undergone huge restoration work over the past years and is a credit to all involved. Most interesting to walk around the ruins and to read the history of this site.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank feeog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was here in the winter and it was completely empty and they were doing renovations. The fort is big and has incredible views of the sea. I'd recommend walking from town there for some amazing views.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a couple of fascinating hours at the fort. Staff were incredibly knowledgeable 😊 displays were pertinent to the story.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AblokeFromOz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Guards the harbor entrance to Kinsale. Built in the 1600's, it's an one of the oldest "star forts" still in existence. Your OPW card will get you entrance, otherwise it's a modest fee around 8-10 Euros depending on your status (student, adult, senior, etc.). Small,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lsgurke
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an interesting tour as it outlined the importance of the fort and the day to day life of the soldiers that were stationed there. An interesting fact is that it was built between 1677 and 1682 and used until 1922. The views are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Perched above the water - a 20 minute walk from Kinsale, is Charles Fort. Very important in Irish & European history. It is easy to walk throughout the fortress for great views and a true feeling for the immensity of the site. Worth the walk....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

Small fee to enter the fort. You may walk around the remains of the fort as it stands today. One building holds displays in order to give some history of the fort through the ages. Lovely views of Kenmare and surrounding area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Allison_Cox
Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

We visited with our grandchildren and had great fun! The children were hoping to find the 'fairy doors' but the kind and friendly staff at the desk told us that there is a new 'Mad Trial - Monsters and Dragons'! Everyone had a lovely time...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Female60s
Reviewed 23 November 2018

For a better grasp of the significance of the fort and amazing views of the Kinsale islet, take the Scilly way walk from the harbour out to Charles Fort. It's about 3-4km and the best part is where it leaves the road and the walking...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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17 May 2018|
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Response from QueenofFairies654 | Reviewed this property |
Yep they run from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but also depends on weather since that is when Fall starts in Ireland
12 August 2015|
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Response from DENISE D | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Kinsale is definitely worth your time. You can walk to several historical sights so it is great for people who enjoy the outdoors. Take the Scilly walk from Kinsale to Fort Charles.