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Address: Duncannon, New Ross, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 (0) 51-389454
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Description: Duncannon Fort is a star shaped fortress on an important promontory in...
Duncannon Fort is a star shaped fortress on an important promontory in Waterford Harbour. It was built in 1588 in the expectation of an attack on the area by the Spanish Armada. The Fort is surrounded by a 30 ft high dry moat and has one of the oldest lighthouses of its kind in Ireland. All the major buildings in the Fort surround a parade ground. A walk around the outer ramparts afford spectacular views across the estuary to Co. Waterford and down to Hook Head. Located at a lower level than the moat is the croppy boy cell. After the 1798 rebellion, prisoners were detained here pending transfer to Geneva Barracks for trial and sentencing. In April 2013 we opened a new museum World at War with a D.Day room and *Ireland's only Great War Trench Experience* Enjoy a Coffee in our Officer's Cafe, Craft Shop and various retail outlets. Well worth a visit.
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If the stones could talk what amazing stories they could tell.

On my last visit to The Hook Peninsula a member of the New Ross Historical Society asked if I'd like a set of step ladders so that I might better read a plaque on the front wall... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

On my last visit to The Hook Peninsula a member of the New Ross Historical Society asked if I'd like a set of step ladders so that I might better read a plaque on the front wall of one of the town's pubs telling of a major historical figure who rested there overnight following The Battle of The Boyne, 1690.... More 

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northern ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We drove in to the fort and it is very impressive but it wasn't open. It is very well preserved and we would have loved to have a look around. The beach is fabulous in Duncannon.Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Tramore, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It is one of the very few military forts in the South East. It is in a very strategic position guarding the entrance to Waterford harbour on the Wexford side. It now has a visitor centre and an excellent military museum filled with uniforms and arms of the first and second world wars along with very realistic reenactments of trench... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Duncannon fort has an interesting and varied history which was brought alive by our tour guide Michael. His passion for his subject shone through like a shining beacon; not only informative, but delivered with humour and a due reverance befitting the subject. Sometimes such visits can prove rather mundane, even with a guide. Nothing could be farther from the truth... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We recently visited Duncannon Fort in Co Wexford. Our initial view that was that it seemed to be an interesting place to visit, with old cannons on display around a central courtyard area. However we soon discovered that the attraction was actually closed despite signs on display stating that it was opened from May to September, which is misleading. our... More 

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Tourist season was over last week, so everything was locked up....... We could go to the office and ask for the key to the museum, but felt like a burden so didn't do so. there were limited places to walk outside by the walls (one small trail led to one old tower block). the web site is very deceiving about... More 

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dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Most enjoyable. Excellent tour guide. Plenty of historical facts...great views. Duncannon a nice little village. Had a nice lunch in cafe.

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carlow,ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I Visited the Fort on Saturday 23rd August. It is a great place with so much potential. All the craft shops etc are excellent. I went on the tour but from start to finish it was disappointing, it wouldnt be too hard to get it historically correct. Im no historian but even the youngsters were correcting the guide. From the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Loved the archery with 3D Archery Ireland, lots of fun. The war museum was not open which was a shame. Some nice little shops to potter around in.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Not much to see or do at the fort and we weren't offered the tour everyone has raved about. Disappointing. On the plus side there is a beautiful beach and the weather was fab.

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