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. Plan to see Fort Barrington National Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. John's trip itinerary maker.
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  • Like a toy fort without its tin soldiers! It is a giant semi-circular gun emplacement dominating the approaches to St. John's Harbour. It is placed upon a hill on the harbour's south side. The lower i...  more »
  • An interesting short steep walk. It is quite hot so prepare yourself, wear a hat and bring water. You can park at the end of the main road, right near wear there is a small walking bridge. The views o...  more »
  • Accessed from the north end of deep water bay bridge. You can get to the start point along a long dirt road and then across a footbridge. Climb to the top takes about 10-15 minutes. You would need tra...  more »
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  • 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
  • Lovely Fort, great view.
  • Ok