We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-2111
Website
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island...
Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 165 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Small but free.

Small place but free. The museum is nice and well maintained. The fort is a mound of dirt. Not quite what we were expecting. We did take the short hike to the sound which was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Anne S
,
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

165 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
836 reviews
648 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 458 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I love going to history sites=and this spot did not disappoint. Wonderful visitors center with relics and a great little film. Walk the ground s to see a reconstructed fort. The nature trail was a interesting walk as well. Well maintained center, FREE with a very friendly staff, A MUST for history fans,. The gift shop had a nice selection... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Small place but free. The museum is nice and well maintained. The fort is a mound of dirt. Not quite what we were expecting. We did take the short hike to the sound which was beautiful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wisconsin
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had an excellent time talking with the docent here and learning more about the earliest English settlement.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fayetteville, NC
Level Contributor
68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a historic site, part of the National Park network. The grounds themselves do not offer much; however, the Park Rangers present interesting information that makes it seem more alive. And there is a small museum with interesting exhibits and an informative film. Not an exciting theme park but well maintained, informative and free.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vonore, Tennessee
Level Contributor
555 reviews
313 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 752 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The visitor center and visit to the fort are free. It is worth watching the 15 minute film on the Lost Colony. We then viewed the artifacts, some remains of items from the fort. We especially enjoyed the reprints of the water colors done by John White, one of the Englishmen who came and painted scenes, including of the indigenous... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greensboro
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I probably misread the information on Fort Raleigh but it was indeed just a sight-a mound of dirt where it is thought the fort was located. We were expecting to at least tour a replica fort.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We had fun learning about the lost colony here. Knowledgable rangers. Small displays that were interesting. Nice short film to watch. The grounds are pretty to walk around. Different looking fort than expected as seen at other historical sites, so we almost missed it. Once we realized what this type of fort would look like, it was interesting to see.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marietta, Georgia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Not the best place we went but it was cool to see where Fort Raleigh was actually situated on land. The inside museum was well done and that was the part my seven and ten year old liked the most. Kind of boring for them otherwise. I love history so I enjoyed this park.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wassenaar, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a federal site, and fairly well done. There is a visitors center with display's and a short movie about the history of the lost colony. The movie is not long, about 15 minutes, and a good place to start and get the background. Then walk around and see the site. The rangers also do at least one historical... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
North Kansas City, Missouri
Level Contributor
66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My young kids enjoyed learning about the site and interacting with the very knowledgable Rangers. The exhibits are well laid out and the junior ranger program is well run. A must stop for the history buff.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Fort Raleigh National Historic Site also viewed

 
Manteo, Roanoke Island
Manteo, Roanoke Island
 

Been to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Address: Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-2111
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Roanoke Island  >  Manteo

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Fort Raleigh National Historic Site staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?