Elizabeth Fort 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.
Elizabeth Fort dates to the early seventeenth century. The fort has played a hugely important role in Cork city since then. 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. Other uses include as a convict depot for prisoners awaiting transportation to Australia, a food depot during the Great Famine and, until recently, a Garda Station.
The walls of the fort offer a fantastic and panoramic view of the city below. The walls are decorated with newly installed model soldiers, with interesting surprises and photo opportunities.
Guided tours for groups are available to book in advance at the email address provided.