Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street, in Cork City, has recently opened to the public on a permanent basis. The Fort had been in constant use as a military or judicial base from 1601 until 2013.
The Fort has played a hugely important role in Cork city since the 17th century. Two years after the building of the fort, it was attacked by the people of the city. It was also one of the focal points of the Siege of Cork in 1690. It was also used as a convict depot for prisoners awaiting transportation to Australia, a food depot during the Great Famine and until recently, a police station.
The walls of the Fort offer panoramic views of Cork City below. The walls are decorated with newly installed model soldiers, interesting surprises and lots of photo opportunities along the way.
Guided tours for groups are available to book in advance.
- Visit a 17th century star shaped fort steeped in history.
- See spectacular views of Cork City from the walls of the fort.
- Elizabeth Fort has a wealth of stories waiting to be discovered.
A cannonball fired from Elizabeth Fort at the old tower of St. Fin Barr’s was found during the 19th century re-building of the Cathedral and can be seen hanging in the new Cathedral.