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Charles Fort

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Charles Fort Charles Fort Charles Fort Summer Cove, Kinsale, Ireland
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 19, 2012

Just a short drive up the hill from Kinsale lies Charles Fort. With it's fantastic views of Summer Cove and the surrounding countryside it is certainly worth your time. But that is just the beginning. This isn't your average stroll through and take a couple...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2015

So this is a very scenic and historically interesting spot, and the good people of Kinsale (itself a lovely town) have put in place a picturesque walk leading right up to the gate of the fort from the town. We thought that we might go...More

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All reviews guided tour coffee shop scilly walk entrance fee kinsale harbor worth a visit beautiful location great place to visit military history interesting history sunny day walk around spectacular views couple of hours lovely walk ruins town
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are continually amazed at the amount of work that went into building these forts!! The indoor displays are well done and they really help to understand the fort. I nice hike from the town!

Thank vamama67
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the walk from the town to the fort and it was lovely. The fort itself is very interesting and the brochure was informative. There are some great photo ops from the site. I recommend it, especially if you are up for the walk.

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit off the beaten track, but easy to park. The fort covers a very big area of buildings and has a couple of indoor displays to do with the history of the fort and some of the people that used to live there. It...More

Thank 58sparrow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were some brilliant views from parts of the fort and despite the rain, all parts were accessible. Unfortunately some of it was under construction but that didn’t hinder the experience or the views. The man in the admissions office was very helpful, he showed...More

Thank 93jae
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hike up to the fort was scenic and and the stop at Bulman's bar for lunch was fantastic. This is one of the best Forts we visited while in Ireland.

Thank DebnDuane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled to Kinsale for a day trip and made a stop at Charles Fort. There is an entrance fee of $5 so we decided to view from outside the gates. The surrounding views of the water and downtown Kinsale's marina were beautiful. Would be...More

Thank Mocha927
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to a lot of forts in the US and other parts of the world and I was actually very pleased with this place. It is very well preserved and seems they are doing plenty of restorative work to it but without obstructing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This fort is worth a visit just for the views over kenmare. The fort itself is stark with huge concrete like walls and not at all attractive.

Thank 734runnerbrady
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charles Fort in Kinsale near Cork, Ireland, is really worth a visit. The history of Kinsale is fascinating and this fort played a large part. Get a tour around the grounds, wander the ruins, and take a picnic to enjoy the view afterwards.

Thank Colene M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This large star shaped fort is overlooking the bay is a must . I chose to walk from town and it will take 20 to 30 minutes .I stopped at a very cute bar restaurant on top of the hill called the Spaniard coming and...More

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May 17, 2018|
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Response from QueenofFairies654 | Reviewed this property |
Yep they run from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but also depends on weather since that is when Fall starts in Ireland
August 12, 2015|
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Response from DENISE D | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Kinsale is definitely worth your time. You can walk to several historical sights so it is great for people who enjoy the outdoors. Take the Scilly walk from Kinsale to Fort Charles.