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Elizabeth Fort

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Don't miss this gem. Make sure you opt for the guided tour.

This is an excellent fort to visit. It oozes history and was so well presented by the affable and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
West of Ireland
A little bit of culture

A wonderful old fort, fantastic views over Cork. Somewhere that is actually free to visit. We would... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bideford, United Kingdom
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Elizabeth Fort is an early Seventeenth-century star-shaped fort in Cork City. This fort is steeped in history and the walls of the fort offer a fantastic view of the city below. Opening hours (October to April) Tuesday to Saturday; 10am - 5pm...more
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Elizabeth Fort 1 Barrack Street, Cork T12 C8A0, Ireland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Spent about an hour here on a day visit to Cork. Gives you a good view over the city. There are information boards and some models. There is a set of stocks that you can go in and take photos and there are toilets in...More

2  Thank car0lr65
Peter L, Manager at Elizabeth Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2016

Hello Skyel78, Thank you for your kind review. That is fine to lock up your husbands in the stocks, just don't leave them here for too long ;) Regards, Peter

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 6 July 2018

It's a very clean and well kept fort with great views of the city. There are some information up along your walk so you at get some idea of the history of the place. You can book a tour for a few Euro, but I...More

1  Thank John G
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an excellent fort to visit. It oozes history and was so well presented by the affable and knowledgeable guide Steve. What a gem (the fort)! It tells the story from the 9 Years War, Cromwell, the Williamite Wars, the War of Independence, Civil...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful old fort, fantastic views over Cork. Somewhere that is actually free to visit. We would have paid the views are fantastic.

Thank Malcolm489
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We did not take the guided tour but on our own it was nothing special. Seen better in Ireland. Not every thing can be turned into an attraction..More

Thank Beluga58
Peter L, Manager at Elizabeth Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Hello Beluga58, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I would recommend the guided tour, it might offer a better context for the fort and why it is not the way it is, having been used for many different purposes over the last...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

We were lucky to get a guided tour of the fort, in Irish, which made it even more interesting. It is a fascinating place with a history that includes Elizabeth the First and Cromwell.

Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

In the heart of Cork, in Ballyphehane, is an old British fort/police barracks. The IRA had burned it down during the revolution. Though some parts were still used as a police barracks until recently. It has been, and is still being done over to make...More

Thank Dennis E
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

The guided tour was brilliant. Centuries of history presented in a funny and interesting way. The guide was open to any questions. Lots of time to roam around afterwards. Well worth the time, I’ll be going back.

Thank Wilton007
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Spending a day in Cork, I feel if you're heading towards the Cathedral anyway, you might as well as stop here too... and it's free! We didn't take the tour, just went through by ourselves and read all the information plaques. The place still appeared...More

Thank jimmymlamb
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Great tour with a fantastic guide. Lovely guide very entertaining with plenty of information! Well worth the tour.

Thank Lizzie M
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

We were shown around the Fort by Peter who was an excellent guide & really knew the history of this city fort. Although we are from Cork City we had never been inside the Fort before. Would definitely recommend that all Corkonians and visitors to...More

2  Thank julie2018757
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We happened to pass Elizabeth Fort, saw that it was open and went for a stroll around. The air raid shelter is interesting, and it's nice to walk around on a dry, sunny day.

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My family from Cork originates with John Cooley, who was baptized at St. Finnbar's 9/14/1800. His parents are listed as Thomas Cooley and Ellenor Fife/Fiffe. At the time of his baptism their address was given as "St. Barry's G Mila". In 1802 for a sibling's baptism it is shown as "Galwy Mila. Galway Regt.". I take it this means his father was in the military. Would he have been living with his family at the Elizabeth Fort since it was located so close to St. Finnbar's? John Cooley who was my 3x great grandfather was a bodyguard for Daniel O'Connell. In 1836 he left Ireland and settled in Hereford, England. In 1851 he and his family left there and immigrated to New York State. His occupation was a printer/compositor, having been apprenticed in Cork at the age of 13. When he died in 1874, he was the oldest printer in New York State, having been at his job for 60 years. I plan to make a trip to Cork from New York soon, and would be interested in finding out more about him and the family in Cork. Would there be military records for his father that far back and where would they be held? Thanks for your help.
24 January 2017|
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Response from Peter L | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for getting in touch. It's great to hear you have been doing so much research before your planned trip. Elizabeth Fort would indeed have been a military barracks in 1800. The fort and another barracks across... More
25 October 2015|
Response from Peter L | Property representative |
Hi. Yes, Elizabeth Fort is open today from 12 noon to 5pm, there is also a guided tour at 1pm. The fort is around 10-15 minuted by foot from the Clarion Hotel.