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The Charles Fort, Kinsale - © Cristi

Kinsale’s Charles Fort

The Charles Fort, Kinsale - © Cristi

Informations about Kinsale’s Charles Fort

Location in Ireland Ireland County: County Cork (Republic of Ireland)
Location :
Address : Summer Cove - Kinsale

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The Charles Fort of Kinsale is a medieval fort, built in the 17th century, at the entrance to the Bandon estuary. With a breathtaking view of the bay and the village of Kinsale, the area is very touristy and has a rather nice charm!

History of Charles Fort

A fortress built in 1670

Charles Fort - Raymond Fogarty

Charles Fort – Raymond Fogarty

The Charles Fort at Kinsale was built in 1670 on the ruins of an old fort known as “Ringcurran Castle”. Completed in 1681, the new castle was named “Charles Fort” in honour of Charles II, King of England. The building was built to better ensure the safety of Kinsale and its surroundings.

However, the Charles Fort came under siege in 1690, when it was used as a refuge for supporters of James II, who tried to fight against repeated assaults by Williamite forces. After 13 days of siege, repeated cannon fire that partially destroyed the fort, the building was forced to capitulate.

After several years, the castle was restored and improved. However, it will fall into ruins during the Irish Civil War, where it is burned by the forces opposed to the Treaty of London. Since then it has been partially renovated, and is open to visitors…

Visit the Charles Fort at Kinsale

A visit to plunge back into the heart of Ireland’s medieval heritage

The Charles Fort will cost you 4,50€ per person. Allow a good half hour to go around it, as well as a good camera, just to strafe the ruined buildings…

The visit is free and will allow you to discover all the secrets of the building, with its walls and foundations, particularly well preserved. The fort is rather large, and has imposing walls, with cannons posted on the most strategic points.


Practical informations


Adresse Address: Summer Cove - Kinsale
Location: (County Cork)

GPS coordinatesGPS : 51.697134,-8.498911

PricePrice* :

4,50€

*indicative price may vary according to the season and the policy of the establishment.

Opening HoursOpening Hours:

every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Still so much to discover!



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