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Address: Duncannon, New Ross, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 (0) 51-389454
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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It is a great idea but managed badly and could be much more , people can just wonder around in all directions but not get the full history of the Fort, I have been down to the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Ireland
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34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It is a great idea but managed badly and could be much more , people can just wonder around in all directions but not get the full history of the Fort, I have been down to the fort 4 times and every time I have been down the only pace that was busy was the café but the staff where... More 

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County Wexford, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This attraction is currently closed for restoration. The fort is situated on the Wexford bank of Waterford Harbour being built there to guard the inner reaches of The Harbour and is more or less unchanged since it was in service. When open there is a nice mix of historical artefacts, tours, a resteraunt/cafe and usually an exhibition of art by... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This strategically sited fort must have been pretty effective in guarding the entrance to Waterford harbour and no doubt, the presence of the lighthouse saved many a ship from floundering in the coastal waters ! Today, one can still see what made it such an important fortress, although it is currently looking sadly neglected. As other reviewers have mentioned, not... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

On the last day of our Easter break in the south east we checked out the excellent website of Duncannon fort and set off on the 90 minute drive planning to arrive in time for lunch at the tea shop and then take the guided tour of the fort. We were sorely disappointed discover that despite being a bank holiday... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
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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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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Additional Information about Duncannon Fort Visitor Centre

Address: Duncannon, New Ross, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 (0) 51-389454
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Wexford  >  New Ross
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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