In today’s context, the fort still serves as a sort of protection in the region by housing the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, Coast Guard Radio Station and the Vessel Traffic Surveillance Centre and conferring vital services such as Search and Rescue operations.
Despite that, it was one of the few forts that faced actual combat. There’s a public beach just a short distance down the road from the fort also. Furthermore, Bermuda was strategically located close to the USA, giving it an ideal place for British soldiers to be located after the USA won their War of Independence. The Fort of Castle Island or the King’s Castle Stone Fort is touted as the oldest standing stone fort of all the Western Hemisphere, making it unsurprisingly popular with sightseers and holidaymakers. Scaur Hill Fort was built on a top of a hill in the Somerset region and is accessible by Bus no. It housed a single watchtower that was made to guard the northern shores of St. George. State House is situated 670 meters east of Fort George. If you get thirsty or hungry or just want to go for a swim, Blackbeard’s Hideout ( a pub/resturant is right next to the fort.) Admission Fee: Free Tourist Hours: 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM. It’s open Monday to Friday (7 days a week in the summer) from 10 am to 4 pm (last entry). The area is out of the way and not too commercial like King’s Wharf. As a military fortification, visitors may come to expect heavy guns and underground passageways, but they certainly would not anticipate the lovely gardens that mark the picturesque landscape of Fort Hamilton and the melody that plays out in the summer months (from November to March) by the Bermuda Isles Pipe Band. The Royal Engineers of the British Army and Navy were called upon to fortify the most vulnerable parts of the coastline and remodel existing forts as the means of warfare had seen complete transformations and had become enhanced technologically. Tel: 297-8199. Note: This is probably not the best choice for wheelchair-users or anyone who has trouble with stairs. Admission: Free Address: Paget Island, St. George’s Harbour How to Reach: You need to rent a boat to reach Paget Island. St. David’s Battery at Great Head Park can be found at the easterly side of Bermuda.
Even in its current state of disrepair, hopeful visitors can still admire the seven 12.5 inches 238-ton guns that sprawled over and once protected the fort. There are several beaches within walking distance.
In the first half of the 20th century the fort had fell into disuse, but since 1951 has operated as a museum and national park. My husband and I (both in our mid-60’s) have been to Bermuda several times and are returning this year again. Most of the initial forts constructed in Bermuda lay on the North Eastern coastline since the capital St. George’s Town was located at the Eastern end and lacked natural protections due to the fact that the barrier reefs were simply not dense enough to prevent ships from passing through. Cannon aficionados will recognize two mounted 6 inch and 9.2 inch calibre Broad Loader guns as the main displays of the fort. Address: 15 Coot Point Road, St. Catherine’s Point. Admirers can also take delight in the majestic views of cruise liners smartly navigate the narrow channels that lead into Bermuda. The charge for entry was $7. He decided that improvements made to the fortifications of Bermuda should go beyond the redevelopment of existing fortifications and established plans for the construction of Fort Popple. Some are ruined or inaccessible but those open to the public include the Alexandra Battery, Gates Fort and Great Head Battery. Subscribe to our Bermuda Shorts newsletter, Copyright 2019 | Bermuda.com | All Rights Reserved. There are lots of things to see and do in St George’s too. Savor the foods and tantalize your taste buds with products from the Bermuda Rum Cake Bakery and other shops and restaurants that sprawl over the Georgian-styled landscape. If you’re in St. George, Bermuda it is well worth the trip.