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Charles Fort

A star-shaped military fortress that has stood firm for centuries

Daily 11:00 - 16:30

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Charles Fort

A star-shaped military fortress that has stood firm for centuries

Daily 11:00 - 16:30

See all opening times

Limited Access

Access to outdoor areas from 29 April 2021.
Visitor Centre and other internal Exhibition spaces closed.
Open daily 11:00 - 16:30 with last entry at 16:00.
Self -guided visits only.
One-way directional system in operation.
2 metre social distancing applies.


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

Summer Cove
Co. Cork
P17 AY18

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Charles Fort

As one of the country’s largest military installations, Charles Fort has been part of some of the most momentous events of Irish history. During the Williamite Wars, for example, it withstood a 13-day siege before it fell. Later, in the Civil War of the early 1920s, anti-Treaty forces on the retreat burned it out.

Charles Fort is a massive star-shaped structure of the late seventeenth century, well preserved despite its history. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, is credited with designing it. Its dimensions are awe-inspiring – some of the outer defences are 16 metres high.

The view from the ramparts looking out over Kinsale Harbour is spectacular.

Opening Times

Daily 11:00- 16:30

Seasonal Opening Times


Summer Cove
Co. Cork
P17 AY18

021 477 2263

Getting Here

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

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  • Baby Changing
  • Brochure
  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Assistance dogs only
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Hold hand rail
  • No Drones
  • Slippery Surfaces
  • Stay back from edge
  • Uneven Surfaces
  • Uneven walkways

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Charles Fort. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Charles Fort.

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