Camden Fort Meagher

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Camden Fort Meagher
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rubylass
cork154 contributions
Family
What a fabulous attraction in the beautiful Crosshaven. Plenty to see, both inside and outside so still a lovely visit on a wet day. Staff were so helpful and knowledgable and when we found out that the whole place is run by volunteers, it made the visit more special. The work and effort that the volunteers put into Camden really is outstanding and they should all be commended. It is a work in progress and we will def be back in a few years to see what they have added but we still spent over 2 hours here. The views from the cafe were spectacular and well worth eating outside just to see the view. I really can’t speak highly enough of what Camden Fort is, I would recommend everyone to visit to see for yourself, what can be achieved when a group of people come together to turn a derelict site into a top tourist attraction. Well done to all involved and we look forward to returning
Written June 27, 2022
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The Master Cook
Cork, Ireland1 contribution
Well done to those who brought the base back from ruin. I have been living in Cork all my life and only last year I heard about the Fort, Its well worth a visit and very reasonable fee. great views of the harbour too!
Written February 20, 2020
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KB1001011
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Visited the Fort at the weekend. Excellent experience and well worth a visit. The view from the cafe balcony was stunning. The volunteers were very helpful and knowledgeable. A lot of work has been carried out on the Fort and I suspect much needs to be done still, but given that its all been carried out by volunteers, an amazing amount has been achieved.
Written June 13, 2022
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Tom mallow Co cork Ireland
County Cork, Ireland372 contributions
Family
WENT to fort Camden and it's beautiful the views are fantastic it was a sunny day and would love to go back on a bad day just to look at the sea with the light house across the way the staff were friendly and helpful i would recommend this to everyone looking for a good day out.
Written May 1, 2017
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Look forward to seeing you again Tom,Camden Fort Meagher
Written May 2, 2017
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872tara
Cork, Ireland46 contributions
Couples
It is absolutely astounding what a group of committed and enthusiastic volunteers have managed to do here. They have restored a ruin to an hub of activity where its former glory and the history surrounding it can be fully explored, appreciated and visualised. Having visited on two separate occasions I met at least 15 different volunteers with endless facts and information about the fort and fond memories of visits to the old ruin in their youth. Aside from the historical relevance and educational value of visiting the fort, the views are breathtaking. Hassett's operate the café on the premises with yummy cakes and really good coffee where you can sit looking out at crosshaven, the sea and nearby islands. The entrance fee is just 5 euro and you could easily spend 3-4 hours being entertained without noticing time pass by- you could however just as easily spend a full day there if you get into a discussion with any of the volunteers. This has to be one of the best, if not the best attraction in Cork in terms of value, entertainment, education, history/ heritage and friendly, engaging staff.
Written September 15, 2015
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Jack M
9 contributions
Friends
Nice visit. Very cheap 5€ entry. Poorly funded and has massive potential. Run by volunteers, only opened at certain weekends.
The hasn't been opened up very much due to health and safety which is sad. It's very interesting but doesn't take long to go around. Some of the rooms are filled with irrelevant displays such as local art, Irish military junk and even a 9/11 tribute?
Overall good value for money, something different, a bit of excercise but I will not return for a few years until they open up more areas and get better funding
Written June 30, 2018
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Hi Jack thank you for your review ... may i just address a few of your concerns/issues . 1. The Fort is not poorly funded but is obviously competing with other tourism sites in the Greater Cork County area, of course any site will tell you they could do with more funding but to suggest that it's poorly funded is not factual 2. We are open EVERY WEEKEND from June until mid September. We also open Every Sunday in May and all bank Holidays , as all of the work at this time is undertaken by a group of hard working volunteers , we close to the public , but that does not mean the work stops , our volunteers work extremely hard on site and on events again all voluntarily during the winter 3. It takes over 2.5 hours to see over the entire site , both up top and underground tunnels and all the exhibition rooms 4. The rooms have a varied display of items which have direct historical links either to the Fort or to Irish History , not as you say , Irish Military Junk 5. our 9/11 room is very special , we have the only permanent structure with items from the site outside of Manhattan: it was dedicated to the many Irish who lost their lives that day, we feel very proud of this link and have huge amount of positive feedback on this 6. The reason for Art Exhibitions and other randoms exhibitions is just that: people mostly love the variety and the unexpectedness of finding ladies doing Crochet or Artists or musicians . We try every year to have a new part of the site opened , this year we have the fantastic Diarmuid Lynch room open You will have to come back next year to see what else we have in store Times are very exciting for Camden Fort Meagher thank you
Written July 2, 2018
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Fiona K
Leixlip, Kildare, Ireland7 contributions
Friends
Didnt expect much for a fiver and was throughltly impressed, the underground tunnels are excellent and i would recommend getting something in the cafe afterwards, lovely views.
Written May 7, 2018
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Stepjen
Cork Ireland22 contributions
Friends
Where to start when you come to Cork! Not a very big city but it does have lots of gems.. It is built on a marsh and on the river lee. A harbour city, and lots of cruise liners stop here. City choices; Shandon steeple, which is in a very old part of Cork, it gives you a great over view of the city. The English Market, worth a visit for the delights of foods from the Cork area. Crawford Gallery for art and food. University Cork, worth a stroll around, and the Gluxmans gallery and cafe is a good place to stop, don't forget to visit the Quad. (Jen studied here). St Finbarrs Cathedral... (legend has it, if the angel is missing from the top the world is coming to an end so don't forget to look up!) Pubs too many of them to choose! Lots of good shops and an easy city to walk around. The South Mall (the commercial district), look out for examples of the boat houses with steps over head that went up to the main house many years ago. Cork women's prison has an interesting history. Fitzgerald park with a museum of Cork artefacts and cafe, plus a great playground. Waterworks sciences centre, near the park is great for kids, it tells the story of water and elements of the environment.. Blackrock castle where you can see the stars, the moon and have great food. Out side the city. Head to Crosshaven, on your way there you will pass through Carrigaline, where Jen grew up. In Crosshaven, you will find beautiful views of the harbour and the oldest sailing club in the world. Riversend cafe and Cronin's, are worth a stop. Camden Fort Meagher, is a coastal fort, and opens at the weekends (do check open dates). On the way to Crosshaven, there is a lovely river walk that is worth a stop, it will the kids somewhere to spend some energy. Beaches near by, Myrtleville,with a lovely restaurant called "Bunnies" has a wonderful sea view and a favourite of Jen's. Fountainstown is around the corner from here, Jennifer spend many days of her childhood in Fountainstown with her grandparents, catching crabs, fishing, swimming and having fun.
Blarney north of the city, it has a castle with lovely grounds around it, great for a walk. There is a stone at the top of the castle that when kissed will give you the gift of speech or "gab" as they say in Cork! Cobh on the east side of the harbour, a town of hills and towering cathedral that gives an incredible view of the harbour. Cork harbour is the biggest natural harbour in the northern hemisphere, 2nd in the world, Sydney in Australia being the biggest natural harbour. Spike island, a military fort on an island in the harbour, to visit there you need to get a boat from Cobh. Centuries ago, Cork harbour had 4 military forts, two at the harbour mouth and two around the Cobh area. Middletown, East of Cork, where they make great whiskey, brewery is worth a visit for a sample. This will bring you to the other side of the Harbour. If you would like a quiet beach, then travel on to white bay which is beyond whitegate. There is a bit of a walk down to the beach but it has a lovely view of the harbour and a great beach for a swim if you are inclined! Fota wildlife park also in east cork, is a great place to visit and there is a wonderful Georgian house, with garden's that are full of unusual plants. Finally on my list is Kinsale, it is know for its great food and places to eat. It is the first town on the Atlantic way, is also has a Fort, called Charles Fort. Yes we have lots of forts around Cork! From here you can head to west cork. West Cork, brings great discoveries that are worth a visit too, far to many to mention here.
Written March 15, 2016
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Kevin M
21 contributions
Solo
I had never been to Fort Camden before and was taken aback by the whole history and structure of the place. There was a military reenactment on show which was good fun, all the men there were jealous of the actors getting to play with guns! The venue is still in its infancy but they are making great roads in clearing the overgrowth. If one had a kid that was interested in all things military or no interest at all it is a hidden treasure waiting to be seen.
Written September 27, 2013
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tony b
County Dublin, Ireland69 contributions
Fort Camden is the last remaining fort of its type in the world. It guarded the western mouth of Cork Harbour. which includes Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic. Across the water, perhaps 500 metres, is the sister fort, Fort Carlisle. This fort is still in use by the Irish army for training purposes.It can be seen from the fort Camden tea room terrace.These two forts were renamed when taken over from the British. Camden is renamed Meagher and Carlisle is now fort Davis. A third fort on Spike Island, in the bay,now fort Mitchell makes up the defences of the port..The Port of Cork is now the second biggest navigable port in the world. (The Sydney Harbour Bridge reduced the navigable area there.)
Getting back to fort Camden: The admission is €6 for an adult. There are voluntary guides placed all over the place to answer questions. There are plenty of sign posts. The area is not flat so wear decent shoes..There is a stairway of (I'm told) 176 steps and of course a more gradual climb up in the open.Then enjoy the cup of tea and the view from the terrace! We wife and i are in our 80s and I walk with a stick. We didn't chance the stairs and had an early cuppa! It's a lovely place on a fine day.
Written August 7, 2019
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