Address: Summer Cove, Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Telephone No: +353 21 477 2263
Fax No: +353 21 477 4347
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.
Last admission: 1 hour before closing
Average Length of Visit: 1 Hour
Exhibition Centre; toilets, toilets for visitors with disabilities.
April, May & October - Saturday & Sundays 10.00 - 18.00.
June - September - Daily 10.00 - 18.00
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.
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.