Fort Camden reopens this Saturday
|Roches Point as seen from Camden|
FortCamden , looking well after a winter and spring of hard work by the volunteers, reopens this coming Saturday July 6th. And, just a few days later, on July 11th, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the handover of the fort by British forces. The Irish army and navy, along with retired units of the defence forces that have trained at the fort, will attend as will Minister Simon Coveney, himself once a volunteer at Camden.
The anniversary is an all ticket affair but no tickets are required to visit on the open days which are every Saturday and Sunday between next weekend and September 15th (from 12 noon until 5.00pm). Admission is four euro per adult and there are other rates including a family ticket and a season ticket. Check them out on their Facebook page.
It is a tremendous visit. You have some 45 acres to explore and some 65 per cent of the facility is underground, accessible by tunnels. Occasionally, it is home to Military shows and re-enactments and exhibitions and there are marvellous views over Cork Harbour. There is a cafe onsite so that you can take a break from the exploring.
I usually get down once a year and can say it is a very enjoyable and very interesting day out. This was my first visit in 2011 when the highlight was the Bright Tunnel. A newly opened spiral tunnel, down to the magazine, was the highlight in 2012
What will be the surprise for 2013?