Charles Fort

Contact Details

Address: Summer Cove, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Telephone No: +353 21 477 2263
Fax No: +353 21 477 4347

Opening Hours

Open All Year

November - Mid March:  Daily 10.00 - 17.00
Mid March - October: 10.00 - 18.00.

Please note Christmas and New Years opening times: Closed from Wednesday 24th Dec - Wednesday 31st Dec inclusive.

Re-opening again at 10.00am on Thursday 1st January, 2015.

Also note that Charlesfort will be closed on Mondays until further notice starting from 5th January 2015.

Last admission: 1 hour before closing

Average Length of Visit: 1 Hour

Admission Fees

D Adult: €4.00
Sen/Group: €3.00
Child/Student: €2.00
Family: €10.00


Exhibition Centre; toilets, toilets for visitors with disabilities.

Mid March - May & October: Weekends only.
June - September: Daily.
Seating Capacity: 50

Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602.

Location: 3km from Kinsale - turn off Cork-Kinsale road (R600) 2km from the town.

Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111.

Guided Tours:
Max No: 40
Duration: 1 hour

Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Polish

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.

Photography / Video allowed: Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes

Additional Information: Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear due to uneven terrain. Walking/standing on top of the walls (parapets) is strictly forbidden. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Partial access for visitors with disabilities. Exhibition centre is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities.

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