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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  • we biked here form out resort a couple miles away, take th etime to do it, it is free and open to the public and has amazing views of ST John and deep water bay which is amazing for spending a few hou...  more »
  • We walked round from Hawksbill, quite a long way but worth it. A map would be useful as there are several side roads to be avoided. Also don’t forget a mac, it rains on Antigua, sometimes unexpectedly...  more »
  • It is easy to come by. Its not far from St. John and you can take a beach tour as well. You get a nice panorama and you can swimm to a shipwreck. It is a nice spot.  more »
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