Fort Barrington National Park, St. John's

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Gain insight into Antiguan fighting history with a visit to Fort Barrington National Park, built in the mid 17th century and to this day the only stronghold in the country that has seen any military action. Originally erected to protect the entrance of St. John's harbor, the hilltop fort also had a position that could detect oncoming attacks in the distance. Two 17th-century attacks passed the island to the English Royalists and then to French power. Most of the fortifications you see today date from reconstructions in the late 18th century. Look out for the two gun platforms that held eight guns. Access the fort via a ten-minute walk along the beach at Deep Bay. Be aware of the manchineel trees dotted around the trail entrance are highly poisonous--avoid physical contact, which could irritate the skin. Use our St. John's driving holiday planner to add Fort Barrington National Park and other attractions to your St. John's vacation plans.
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  • A remote and derelict fort on top of a hill in Deep Bay. Worth going up for a look but nothing there apart from the old fort itself, or what is left of it  more »
  • Nice short hike up the hill..... worth the view! You can see the sunken ship quite well from the top.  more »
  • Paradise found! However be careful with your surroundings. Robberies at a gun point have been registered.  more »
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  • Fort Barrington is situated on the top of the hill overlooking Royal Antiguan Hotel and Deep Bay actually a full 360 degree breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding areas including the St. John's Harbour and Fort James on one side and Galley Bay and Sandy Island on the other. The view from the fort is spectacular and scenic and definitely a good vantage point for its original purpose. The Hike up to the Fort on the hill after parking and crossing the pedestrian bridge over the Deep Bay Lagoon's entrance point is quite scenic and not so challenging at all. Most of the structures are in reasonable shape and the original steps and pathways still serve the same purpose as they did years before. The fort is situated on the summit of a sloping hill which slopes down to the coastline close to a nearby island separated by a shallow roughish body of water. Fort Barrington is also a favored point of interest for visitors arriving by sea or land at the nearby Deep Bay Beach and this forms part of the excursion for members of the various groups. The fort is a great scenic way to enjoy the natural beauty of the western regions of the Island. I fully enjoyed my visits there and the breathtaking panoramic and picturesque land and seascape. A definite must for visitors and locals alike, the Deep Bay Beach and Fort Barrington makes a winning combination and the experience is an integral part of a day well spent.
  • It's a steep climb to get to the top. Not for the faint of heart, but at the top, simply stunning views. It's a must if you're in the area. It's not your typical tourist destination.
  • Truly a spooky spot, even at high noon. Felt like the brits left yesterday. Beautiful, wind blowing is all you hear.
  • Beautiful views and amazing historic landmark. Loved it!
  • Be ready for a decent hike as the Fort is on the top of a large steep hill. The car park is on the opposite side of the Harbour but has a decent bridge across to the base of the hill. The access to the car park is relatively easy, just bear left when you see the 'Hideaway Beach' sign

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