Elizabeth Fort houses to be converted for tourist use

Elizabeth Fort houses to be converted for tourist use

Two of the houses inside Elizabeth Fort that previously housed a garda station are to be converted into self-catering accommodation. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

TOURISTS visiting Cork could soon spend a night inside the city’s historic Elizabeth Fort.

The Irish Landmark Trust has lodged a planning application to convert two houses inside the fort for use as self-catering accommodation.

The organisation finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation and give them new life as accommodation. 

They operate the Galley Head lighthouse property in west Cork.

Some of the buildings inside Elizabeth Fort were most recently used as a garda station.

According to the planning application, the Landmark Trust want to change of use and refurbish one of the mid-terrace and adjoining end of terrace two-storey houses. Both buildings are protected structures.

The work will include new bathrooms and kitchens and a new glass canopy at ground floor level to the rear of both houses.

A decision on the planning application is expected by mid-November.

Independent City Councillor Mick Finn said the vision for the 16th Century Star Fort is still focused on it being further developed as a major tourist attraction and visitor centre.

“I am hopeful it will secure the future of the Fort as a major piece of public infrastructure,” he said.

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