Located just 10 minutes away from Hayfield Manor, Elizabeth Fort is situated behind Barracks Street. Named after Queen Elizabeth I, the defense fort sits on high ground overlooking Cork City.
Elizabeth Fort was originally built in 1601 and named after Queen Elizabeth I. Over the years, the fort was primarily used as a defense fortification, military barracks, a women’s prison, police station and since 2014, its walls have been made accessible to the public.
Since it’s opening in 2014, Elizabeth Fort has been used as the primary venue for events and festivals, such a Cork’s Midsummer Festival, Cork Heritage Week, Cork’s Saint Patrick's Festival and much more.
If you enjoy historic experience and cultural site seeing, then this is the perfect place for you to visit. Elizabeth is free admission and open to the public 6 days a week, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00-7:00 and Sundays from 12:00-17:00.