Discover Historical Forts in St. George’s
St. George’s is home to several forts that played a crucial role in the island’s defense throughout history.
Fort St. Catherine: Located at the northern tip of St. George’s Island, Fort St. Catherine is one of Bermuda’s most significant historical sites. Originally constructed in 1614, the fort was rebuilt and expanded over the years. It now houses a museum that showcases Bermuda’s military history, including exhibits on weapons, armour, and the island’s maritime heritage. (open Monday to Friday)
Fort Victoria: Situated on the southeastern side of St. George’s Island, Fort Victoria was built in the mid-19th century to protect the entrance to St. George’s Harbour. Although the fort is not open to the public, you can view its exterior and appreciate its strategic location.
Gates Fort: Located near Gates Bay on St. George’s Island, Gates Fort was constructed in the 17th century as part of Bermuda’s defense system. While the fort is mostly in ruins, it offers picturesque views of the coastline and the surrounding area.
Alexandra Battery: Positioned on Alexandra Battery Hill, this fortification was built in the 1860s to guard against potential naval attacks. Today, only remnants of the battery remain, but the site provides a vantage point for enjoying panoramic views of St. George’s Harbour.
King’s Castle: Built in the early 17th century, King’s Castle was one of the earliest forts in Bermuda. It served as a defensive structure guarding the entrance to St. George’s Harbour. While the fort itself is no longer intact, you can explore the area and appreciate its historical significance.