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Elizabeth Fort is an early Seventeenth-century star-shaped fort in Cork City. This fort is steeped in history and the walls of the fort offer a fantastic view of the city below. Opening hours (October to May) Tuesday to Saturday; 10am - 5pm Sunday...more
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Elizabeth Fort 1 Barrack Street, Cork T12 C8A0, Ireland
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All reviewsfree entrygarda stationair raid shelterguided tourfree attractioncork cityfree tourupper walkwaynice view over the citybrass monkeyfin barre's cathedralmilitary barracksshort visitrecent historyopen to the publicinteresting place to visitwould recommend a visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened to pass Elizabeth Fort, saw that it was open and went for a stroll around. The air raid shelter is interesting, and it's nice to walk around on a dry, sunny day.

Thank Guest048
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time exploring the fort. Our guide Séan was fantastic. 10/10 would recommend. We brought our 11 year old nephew on the tour and he loved it.

Thank Kate O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a group visit today to Elizabeth Fort. An educational, enjoyable, worthwhile visit suitable for all ages. Steve was an excellent & entertaining guide. Would definitely recommend this.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Passed by fleetingly with kids on a Saturday afternoon. Not a lot to see but kids enjoyed it none the less, Do not envisage a need to revisit though. Maybe a bigger story could be told. Charle's fort was a much bigger hit with the...More

Thank WallaceCheese
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked by this fort at least a dozen times without noticing it. Great historical information as well as great views of the city. There is no charge but a donation can be made.

Thank Glen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For a free event it was great to walk around what must have been one of the first defensive positions in the city.

Thank Patrick O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic tour today!!! Thank you Sean for engaging us all with your knowledge and history of both Elizabeth Fort and Cork City. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Jenny M
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We stumbled across Elizabeth Fort by chance and found it fascinating. It's surroundings are a interesting insight into Cork too. It has great views over the city and whilst a 'work in progress' it is well worth a trip and it's free! I imagine that...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

It is a interesting place and the entry is free. It was located close to my hotel ( The Metropole Hotel; see other review ).

Thank Denis L
Reviewed 27 July 2018

An amazing hidden gem behind stone walls. Plenty of information to read if you so a self guided tour and beautiful views. Think it's nicer to have human commentary rather than reading plaques.

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amethyst2017
My family from Cork originates with John Cooley, who was baptized at St. Finnbar's 9/14/1800. His parents are listed as Thomas Cooley and Ellenor Fife/Fiffe. At the time of his baptism their address was given as "St. Barry's G Mila". In 1802 for a sibling's baptism it is shown as "Galwy Mila. Galway Regt.". I take it this means his father was in the military. Would he have been living with his family at the Elizabeth Fort since it was located so close to St. Finnbar's? John Cooley who was my 3x great grandfather was a bodyguard for Daniel O'Connell. In 1836 he left Ireland and settled in Hereford, England. In 1851 he and his family left there and immigrated to New York State. His occupation was a printer/compositor, having been apprenticed in Cork at the age of 13. When he died in 1874, he was the oldest printer in New York State, having been at his job for 60 years. I plan to make a trip to Cork from New York soon, and would be interested in finding out more about him and the family in Cork. Would there be military records for his father that far back and where would they be held? Thanks for your help.
24 January 2017|
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Response from Peter L | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for getting in touch. It's great to hear you have been doing so much research before your planned trip. Elizabeth Fort would indeed have been a military barracks in 1800. The fort and another barracks across... More
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Response from Peter L | Property representative |
Hi. Yes, Elizabeth Fort is open today from 12 noon to 5pm, there is also a guided tour at 1pm. The fort is around 10-15 minuted by foot from the Clarion Hotel.
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