Charles Fort

Charles Fort

Contact Details

Address:

Summer Cove,
Kinsale,
Co. Cork
P17 AY18

Tel: +353 (21) 477 2263
Fax: +353 (21)) 477 4347

Email: charlesfort@opw.ie

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Opening Hours

2020 

Charles Fort will re-open to the public on Saturday 11 July 2020.

Open daily from 11am to 4pm.

All visitors off site by 4.30pm.

Admission Fees

Free PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO ADMISSION CHARGES TO THIS SITE UNTIL 2021

Facilities

Restaurant/Tearooms:  

Tearooms will remain closed for the 2020 season.

COVID-19

Charles Fort will re-open to the public on Saturday 11July 2020.

In order for you to have a safe and enjoyable visit the following visiting procedures are in place:

Open daily from 11am to 4pm.  All visitors are required to be off site by 4.30pm
Free admission.
Self-guided visits.
One-way directional route around the 12 acres (signs in place).
Queueing system in operation outside the fort.  An OPW guide will be on hand to welcome you and to explain our operating procedures.
We regret that our Exhibition Centres are temporarily closed.
Tearooms will remain closed for the 2020 season.


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):

https://locallink.ie/

Contact no: +353 (27) 52727

Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 (1) 836 6111

Guided Tours:

Max No: 40
Duration: 1 hour

Leaflet/Guide book:

English, Irish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and 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.