Fort Shirley
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This English colonial fort is among the ruins found at the Cabrits Historical and Marine Park, which preserves remnants of the islands tumultuous history.
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,504 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Access to the Fort is gained through Cabrits national park. A weekly pass costing US$12 or EC$32.05 (cash only) is more economical if planning to visit other national parks in the country. Several buildings have been restored and there are also a couple of basic museums on site giving information on the forts history and wider information on the flora and fauna of the area although it has to be said that many of the displays have been better days. There are good views of the surrounding area from the gun battery locations.

Written May 5, 2023
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bakerofgoods
Massachusetts81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We spent 11 days in Dominica and this was probably the least worthwhile thing we did. Perhaps if we had hired a guide, but there were none there. We did a little birding in the big area before entering.
We hiked up the west trail and that was a mistake. It was overgrown and led to a cannon with absolutely no view. Probably the trees have grown up and obscured it. There is far more interesting and beautiful hiking on the island.
There is some signage but definitely needs some attention.
We needed proof of vaccination to enter.
Written January 21, 2022
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Fort Shirley is an easy hike from the dock, up a low hill. The cost is US $2.00 to take a self-guided walk around the park. Cannons and stone ruins overlook and guard the harbor where pirates and invaders attempted to plunder the riches of Dominica. Good photo ops, sweeping views, and a nice educational walk for kids. There is a small refreshment stand (where you pay for your ticket) and souvineer shop at the base of the fort. Local children play and frolic on the grassy hillside.
Written April 19, 2002
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Rachel F
119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Great scenery and so relaxing and refreshing.. there is a small 10 minute walk you have to take if you don't have a vehicle but its worth it!
Written July 13, 2017
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KeptWoman
Caribbean34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
Fort Shirley is located at the northern end of Portsmouth Bay just a short drive from the town. It has been restored brick and block by block by locals to its former glory. Nice grounds for quiet reflection, hiking the trails and beautiful views from the cannon vantage points overlooking the bay. You can go inside the restored officer's mess. A small admission fee is payable at the entrance. There is a small restaurant, toilets and historical exhibit at the entrance. Locals sell hand made craft. Have the fresh grapefruit juice!
Written July 11, 2016
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Susan Q
Calgary, Canada391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit here very much.

Many buildings have been restored and learning about the history was interesting.

We took the hike up to a viewpoint on the east, seeing lots of lizards, hermit crabs and a few harmless snakes enroute. At the top, we had a wonderful panoramic view of Portsmouth on the right and Douglas Bay to our left.

We also ate at the little snack place there and it was good too.

Recommendation for visitors? Carry lots of water! You can buy it from the snack bar.

Recommendation for whoever runs the Fort? Improve both your maps and signage, particularly on the trails. It's almost non-existent. I was surprised when I read other posters talk about the ruins. We didn't know anything about them, so missed them and would have liked to see them.

However, what we did see, wandering around by ourselves, was very good.
Written November 1, 2014
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JenniferSpencer
Annapolis, MD77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
It's a bit of a steep hike but the fort up top is nicely restored with several signs for a self-guided tour. There are some beautiful trees on site as well. The view from the fort of the harbor below is just gorgeous, too. Seventeen cannon are at the top, and the buildings are now in good condition. There is also a discovery center at the bottom of the hill with some historical information and discussion of the Battle of the Saints.
Written January 13, 2019
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Jesse M
San Rafael, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
If you enjoy seeing some of the islands history from the 17 and 1800's then you need to walk through the excellently restored Fort Shirley. While there take the walk up to the ruins of the commandants home or out to the ruins of the Douglas bay battery where you'll find cannons still laying in the original battlements.
Written June 7, 2017
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JaclynHunt
Colonia, NJ176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
My husband and I explored this national park and fort on our trip to Dominica in May 2017. It was a challenge to walk up the hills but the views were completely worth it. We also walked along the trails and saw many lizards, crabs and birds. A fun place to spend a half day or so.
Written June 4, 2017
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Danise R
Caledonia, MI14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
This location provides great views and the history of Dominica.
The Fort has been refurbished and provides great photo opportunities.
Written January 12, 2017
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