Charles Fort – Kinsale

Address: Summercove, Kinsale, Cork; approximately a 35 minutes drive from Cork City and approximately 5 minutes drive outside Kinsale.

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.

Duration of visit

60 minutes approximately.

Opening times

November – Mid March: daily 10.00 – 17.00

Mid March – October: 10.00 – 18.00

Last admission 1 hour before closing


Maximum group size per guided tour – 40 pax.