Stop Number 3 – #KatesRoadTrip on The Wild Atlantic Way

Historic Charles Fort Kinsale County Cork

Charles Fort Kinsale

Charles Fort Kinsale

I had heard that Charles Fort was impressive and was excited to finally visit this famous historical site. The day was sunny and by happy co-incidence it was Heritage Week so it was free entry for all (see regular admission charges below).

Charles Fort lies a short distance from Kinsale town beyond Summer Cove. It is one the best examples of a 17th century star shaped fort and was in use up to 1922 housing the garrison of the fort and their families. Many of the buildings are now derilict while some have been restored and are used as exhibition centres.

Being Heritage Week and the last week of the school summer holidays there were many families taking advantage of the sunny day and wonderful views from the fort up to Kinsale Town and out towards the mouth of the Bandon River. On the opposite bank lies James Fort, a smaller fort, but also important in it’s day.

If you feel like walking the 5.5 kilometres along the water’s edge out from Kinsale to Charles Fort you start from Scilly House and follow the signs.

It is possible to get guided tours and there is a small tea shop which is opened during summer months.

This is definitely a place worth visiting. The setting is wonderful as you can see from my video, photos and 360° view below. Don’t miss this if you are in the neighbourhood.

Talk soon, Kate

Next Stop The Old Head of Kinsale

360 View of Charles Fort Kinsale

It was the perfect day to capture a 360° view of Charles Fort which I uploaded to Google Maps.

You can pan around the site by swiping your finger or mouse across the image below in the direction of your choice.

Try it!

Read More about this county at Cork Wild Atlantic Way

Admission Charges

Regular Admission Charges to Charles Fort Kinsale at the time of writing this post are:

  • Adults €4
  • Senior Citizens / Group *  €3
  • Child / Student  €2
  • Family €10

* Group consists of 20 or more people

Opening Hours are:

  • Mid March to October 10.00 to 18.00 daily
  • November to mid March 10.00 to 17.00 daily
  • last admission time is 45 minutes before closing

Next Stop The Old Head of Kinsale