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Charles Fort
Summer Cove, Kinsale, Co. Cork (Map kinsalenorth - H1)
Phone: +353 (0)21 882218  
Opening Times: Summer: daily 10.00 - 18.00; Winter Sat-Sun only 10.00 - 17.00  

A 17th century elaborate star-shaped fortification, Charles Fort protected from foreign invasion the town of Kinsale, which was an important trading centre. It was used until 1921 when the Irish Free State came into existence. It has been extensively repaired, and you can see bastions, brick sentry boxes, circular gun platforms, and remains of several buildings. Admission IR£1.50, concessions for students, children, senior citizens. Small coffee shops serves snacks.


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Walking in Kinsale
 (Map southwest - F19)

The best way to ‘do’ Kinsale: stroll the streets and you will come across all the sights eventually. Watch out for unusual galleries displaying ceramics and glass, linen and woollens shops, cosy bistros serving fresh fish, busy pubs.


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