Elizabeth Fort, Co. Cork
Situated within the walls of Elizabeth Fort, one of the oldest and most historic sites in Cork, Garrison House offers guests an incredibly central base for exploring the history, culture, and wonders of Cork City.
Elizabeth Fort dates to the early 17th century. The fort has played a hugely important role in Cork city since then. One of 2 properties available as self-catering accommodation at this site, Garrison House sleeps 2 adults and 1 child and offers guests a unique opportunity to stay within the fort walls. These walls offer a fantastic and panoramic view of the city below. The other property, Parade House, adjoins Garrison House and also sleeps 2 adults and 1 child.
Facilities: Please note that conservation work is currently taking place at Garrison House. Therefore, facilities may change before the property is completed.
Please note the following important information:
Elizabeth Fort is a 17th Century star shaped fort. Originally built as a defensive fortification outside the city walls, the city eventually grew around the fort and it took on various other roles – including use as a military barracks, prison and Garda station.
The fort was built after the Battle of Kinsale, in 1601 by Sir George Carew, the then President of Munster. Named for Queen Elizabeth I, it served as both a defensive structure and a symbol of English authority in Cork. The original fort was built of timber, stone and earth.
This first structure did not last long. After the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 the people of Cork refused to acknowledge the crowning of James I. The Citizens, fearing the fort being used against them, destroyed it and seized the guns within. It was not long however before Lord Mountjoy and his forces seized the city and forced the citizens to rebuild the fort at their own expense.
The fort was rebuilt in stone in 1624-1626. It was at this time that the fort became star-shaped and is largely the same layout today.
Following on from the Cromwellian conquest in the mid-seventeenth century, Oliver Cromwell is reputed to have made several defensive alterations to the fort, primarily making the ramparts higher.
During the Williamite War in Ireland, Cork became a Jacobite stronghold after the Battle of the Boyne. During the Siege of Cork in 1690 and after a week of bombardment, the city walls were breached and Elizabeth Fort surrendered.
In 1719 a military barracks was built in the fort. At this time the ramparts were thinned to provide additional space required to accommodate the soldiers. These barracks were closed in 1806 and from 1817-1837 was put to use as a convict depot for prisoners awaiting transportation and later, as a food depot during the Great Famine.
During the Irish War of Independence 1919-21 Elizabeth Fort is used as a base for auxiliary forces brought in by Britain to fight against the Irish Republican Army. In the succeeding Irish Civil War, the buildings within the fort were burned down by anti-treaty forces but the walls of the fort remained.
In 1929 a new Garda station was built within the fort. This is one of the first building projects of the Free State Government in Cork. These buildings survive today and were in use as a Garda station until 2013.
During the Second World War, an Air-raid shelter was built within the fort for protection from possible bombings.
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Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
No. This property is not suitable for dogs as there are adjoining properties.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – the bed is prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Can I light a fire?
Do I need a car to get here?
No. Garrison House is located in the heart of Cork City Centre.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access for your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. The standard earliest arrival is 4pm. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date. Actual arrival time MUST be agreed in advance with the local House Manager.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
You are in Cork City Centre so right beside shops, etc. Guests are 8 minutes’ walk from the famous English Market.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
Is it suitable for older people?
The bedrooms and bathroom are located upstairs.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is central heating. Type to be confirmed
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is a cooker with double oven and ceramic hob.
Is there a shower?
Yes, there is a large walk in shower only.
Is there a bathtub?
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The bed will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You can get a train to Cork Kent station and then a taxi ride is about 10 minutes from there.
Where is the nearest train station?
Cork Kent station.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Our minimum booking period is 2 nights. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.
Is there a garden at the house?
There is a small courtyard to the rear of the property.
Is there parking on site?
No - there is strictly no on-site parking.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there outdoor furniture?
Yes, a table and chairs are provided.
June 21, 2018
Garrison House and Parade House at Elizabeth Fort, Cork City Irish Landmark Trust, in partnership with Cork City Council, is currently undertaking conservation work at two properties in Elizabeth Fort in the heart of Cork City. These 2 properties are now available to rent short term as self-catering accommodation