Charles Fort

Charles Fort

Contact Details


Summer Cove,
Co. Cork
P17 AY18

Tel: +353 (21) 477 2263
Fax: +353 (21)) 477 4347


  CIE Awards of Excellence 2019

Opening Hours


Open all year

Mid March - October
10.00 - 18.00

November - Mid March
Daily 10.00 - 17.00

Last admission: 1 hour before closing

Average Length of Visit: 1 Hour


Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00


Exhibition Centre, toilets, toilets for visitors with disabilities.

Charles Fort is a venue for Civil / Humanist Wedding Ceremonies.

Mid-March - April
Saturdays & Sundays
10.00 - 18.00

May - September
Daily 10.00 - 18.00

Saturdays & Sundays
10.00 - 18.00

Seating Capacity: 50


Following Government guidelines this site is closed until further notice.

Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602.


3km from Kinsale - turn off Cork-Kinsale road (R600) 2km from the town.

Bus Route(s):

Contact no: +353 (27) 52727

Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 (1) 836 6111

Guided Tours:

Max No: 40
Duration: 1 hour

Leaflet/Guide book:

English, Irish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Polish

Seasonal Events:

Please check in advance using contact details listed above.

Photography / Video allowed:

Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes

Additional Information:

Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear due to uneven terrain.
Walking/standing on top of the walls (parapets) is strictly forbidden.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Partial access for visitors with disabilities.
Exhibition centre is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities.