Much-loved Cork tourist attraction reopens to the public

Much-loved Cork tourist attraction reopens to the public
Lord Mayor Councillor Joe Kavanagh officially reopens Elizabeth Fort tourist attraction. Pic: Clare Keogh

The Elizabeth Fort tourist attraction has been officially reopened by Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Joe Kavanagh.

The public are again being permitted to avail of the attraction, its spectacular views, and fascinating history after its closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Elizabeth Fort is operating in line with current Government public health advice and with safety and cleaning protocols in place.

Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh said: “I’m delighted to help re-open one of Cork City’s favourite medieval attractions! Last year, Elizabeth Fort was on many people’s ‘must-see’ lists and welcomed 70,000 people through its medieval walls.

“With 'staycations' very much the order of the day, I’d like to encourage you all to (re)discover Elizabeth Fort,” he added.

Elizabeth Fort is one of Cork’s hidden gems, perched on a high vantage point off Barrack Street with panoramic views of the city. It was originally built as a defensive fortification on high-ground outside the city walls, and has played a major role in the military and social history of Cork City.

One of the focal points of the siege of Cork in 1690, the fort also served as a convict depot for prisoners awaiting transportation to Australia and most recently a garda barracks.

Currently on display at the attraction is the exhibition “Walls, Women, Water” which tells the story of the development of the fort, and of Cork City, through maps, images and text.

It also recounts the tragic story of the 150 female convicts and their children whose tragic last steps on dry land were from Elizabeth Fort to their ill-fated ship, ’The Neva’.

The Elizabeth Fort can be explored by visitors free of charge.

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