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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  • From the top of the beach to your feet, Deep Bay and lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Essential if you want to know something more of Antigua
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  • I go to the beach (Deep Bay) by Fort Barrington, but it took several visits before I felt like the hike up the hill to the Fort. It was not nearly as steep as it looked and took only about 10 minutes ...  more »
  • We were staying in the Royal Grand Antiguan hotel and looked out on the Fort Barrington headland. Seemed rude not to wander down the beach and climb to the top. Spectacular views.  more »
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  • It was amazing
  • The view is extremely beautiful, the fort has behind the history lost in the mist of time
  • 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
  • Great for hiking and has a perfect view of the bay.
  • Just natural beauty

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