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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  • It was a short but steep climb to the fort. It was a neat structure to explore with a lot of history. We arrived right before sunset so the view was spectacular.  more »
  • This is an interesting place to visit if you have an interest in history and enjoy wandering about historical ruins. The history of Antigua is fascinating as well.  more »
  • Interesting short stop off, good if you like your history and wandering around derelict buildings and ruins.  more »
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  • Didn't get to reach the top of the Fort but that's ok I've done so several times and likely will do it again someday. That day I was serving a friend's.
  • The view from the fort is incredible and breath taking you can judge by my own pictures. I am not a very good photographer but the landscape does it all by itself. The colours are amazing you can see a big portion of the island from up here. The water is very clear. I suggest to use Google maps as it is not very easy to get there. The road is ok is not too destroyed but you get to a point where there is a bridge you have to park the car there and then follow the path by foot.
  • 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.
  • Nice views if you can face the scrambly climb up the hill to the fort itself. Otherwise not much to see of the Fort itself.
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