Elizabeth Fort
Elizabeth Fort
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Elizabeth Fort is Ireland's best preserved urban artillery fortification and one of Cork’s oldest and most historic sites. Located right in the heart of Cork City, visitors can enjoy panoramic views from the ancient bastions, walk the walls and discover the tumultuous story of this impressive site!
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rubylass
cork170 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited having seen it appear on trip advisor and we are so glad that we did. I passed this on many occasions but never realised what what inside the imposing walls and it really is worth a visit. It is a lesser known Cork attraction and I can’t understand why, as it’s fab. The girl that welcomed us was lovely and so helpful and knowledgeable. She directed us to the information while also offering to store our buggy. We had 2 small kids, aged 2 and 4 and we found it very very safe for them to run around once you mind them on the stairs. They loved running around and seeing the stocks, the canons and the heads. There is plenty information on the fort, to read inside and it really is very very interesting. The view from the walls is excellent and well worth the visit alone. We had a buggy and the upper walls would not be assessable with a buggy or wheel chair. It was free entry which was great and we Would not have minded paying as we really enjoyed it. We didn’t see any toilets or gift shop etc, it’s just the fort as it used to be which was outstanding. I highly recommend people to visit the fort
Written August 2, 2020
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Sarsfield70
County Cork, Ireland18 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Popped up while in town for a look around, of course the proximity to the City centre helps as its only a short enough walk from the site of the old city it once overlooked both in war and peace.
Although a chilly and damp day there were a number of other intrepid visitors also up wandering the walls walkways who werent to be put off. Met the duty staff of the day who welcomed me and were happy to provide information and assistance if needed - everyone friendly, professional and enthusiastic despite the less than ideal weather - always a good sign of a place.
The indoor exhibitions in the former barrack rooms brought a welcome respite, covering the forts long relationship with the walled city below and its part in Irish history, and the story of its use in the transportations to the colonies of the 1800s.
Very nice graphics, maps and reconstructions compliment these displays. Also, a temporary exhibition on the RIC who occupied the fort up to war of independence times, with other themes to follow. A follow up visit out to the public museum in Fitzgeralds Park would expand on all the themes on display here.(a super ancient/norse/ medieval section and a large walled city model too!)
Will always send new visitors up to get an oversight on the old city, never fails to deliver. Best wishes for the season ahead and with ongoing and future projects in the site!
Thanks Adam and Jen, who I met during my visit :-)
Written February 18, 2022
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LightPacker515368
Norwich, UK1 contribution
Aug 2020
This was a very surprising trip as we looked around for the price to pay. A very nice young woman approached us and explained the policy - free- and then went on in a most beautiful way to give us a history of the site. She was a cross between an archaeologist and a minder. It made our short stay most worthwhile and thanks
Written September 2, 2020
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Mark C
4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Came here for the daily tours that were run during the harbour festival. The tour guide, Jess, was very informative and took the time to explain the different aspects of the fort.
There are some great views of the city from the the walls of the fort, especially St Finbarr’s Cathedral. There is also a lovely little museum inside to go and see.
Overall a great experience and would recommend to go to check it out.
Written June 12, 2022
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Donal M
Waterford, Ireland404 contributions
Oct 2021
Hidden away on the south side of Cork is this 400 year old fort.
Clear, well written exhibition panels tell the fort's story, and especially that of the women deported to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century.
The views of the city from the ramparts are amazing.
And admission is free!
Written October 5, 2021
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MICK0950
Hinckley, United Kingdom492 contributions
Mar 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed been shown round and learned a lot. The young guide explained that she was Italian but she had excellent command of English and really brought the site to life. The time passed very quickly and together with the exhibition on site, it was well worth visiting.
Written April 3, 2023
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Wind4surfing
Cork, Ireland38 contributions
Jun 2022
Booked a guided tour here with my cousin. It was around 3 Euro per person. The guide, who happened to be expert in Viking history as well, took us around and provided a fascination overview. The tour lasted around 40 minutes. It was a great day.
Written July 14, 2022
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Eli Romary
80 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
My partner and I came here because we were curious to learn more about the history. The exhibit was small, but packed full of information. It was also fun to walk around the walls! The man at the front seemed eager to sell us maps, take our bags, and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. We came on a Tuesday morning so he may have been a little bored! He was super friendly! All in all, a fun little gem that’s a quick visit, but a cool one!
Written July 20, 2021
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rossdmd
Panama City Beach, FL856 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Arriving in Cobh on a cruise ship for a day, we looked at the local visitor center and then decided to take the train to Cork. A local girl recommended we just walk to the fort. Great advice. The fort was a great view, a nice half hour and then we wandered back trough town, The story of the fort through the centuries is interesting.
Written June 4, 2023
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Julie H
Hammondsport, NY101 contributions
Jun 2022
A wonderful historical stop. You are able to walk along the top walls of the fort while learning about the history. So in addition to the history there is a great view! For many years the fort was used a prison for women before they were sent to Australia and I appreciated that there was an opportunity to learn something about some of the women.
We made a very brief stop here on our way out of town, but I would have liked to spend more time and take a formal tour. The brief introduction we were given by a guide in the entrance was very informative
Written July 9, 2022
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