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“Great view from the top!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Barrington

Fort Barrington
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$57.00*
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City of St John's Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #11 of 57 things to do in St. John's
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Owner description: British fort looming dramatically over the shoreline, built in 1779 to protect the British island from the French.
Elk Grove, California, United States
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great view from the top!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

A fun hike from Galley Bay Resort. Got to pass the local town of Five Villages and see the school. Then down onto the beach of Deep Bay, and it was so hot, I wanted to dive in right then! But we continued on up the hill, not a hard hike at all, to the ruins of Ft. Barrington...not much left, but you get the idea......great history there and great views of other islands and Antigua! Just for the views alone, take the hike! and then jump into the cool cool waters of Deep Bay! Fabulous!

Visited September 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“fort nothing spectacular, the view is why you climb”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

the fort is littered with trash and goat droppings and is little more then walls and a foundation of brick. But the climb is something to do while spending the day at deep bay beach and it is a spectacular view from the top. Gorgeous 360 degree blue seas.

The little climb was mostly on a steep and switch backing sandy path. In 2 spots, you have to boulder a little over a few big rocks. nothing too scarey or difficult. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone younger then 9 years old. It can be done in flip flops, but better in hiking sandals just in case you slip.

Visited May 2013
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Amazing View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

We spent the afternoon on Deep Bay beach, and decided to hike up to the fort. The trail up was easy to see and I am glad that I wore shoes instead of sandals as it is steep in places.

It was strange and a little unfortunate to see something of historical significance in a state of ruin. The only plus side to this, I guess, is that you feel like you are doing something much more adventuresome.

There was lots of garbage in a few of the smaller rooms off the hallway of the fort, but otherwise the place is fairly intact and easy to navigate.

Visited April 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Worth the climb”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Named for Admiral Barrington of the Royal Navy who built it in 1779, it is the only fort in Antigua to see military action. It's right out on a point commanding the entrance to St. John's harbour. Enemy raiders had no chance under the guns. To reach it, head for the Grand Royal Antiguan. When you get to their guardhouse, there's a three-way fork in the road. Take the middle one. At the end of the road, park and cross the footbridge you see in one of the photos. There's a path most of the way up the hill but some emulation of mountain goat is helpful in a couple of places. It would be nice to know more about the place but it is not maintained at all. You are on your own to imagine life in the 1700's. The views are worth it and you will have the place all to yourself.

Visited April 2013
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Antigua
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“Nice Place For a Sunset”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

This is a great spot for a sunset. The road getting there is not paved with a good amount of sharp rocks and it may be a bit difficult to find, so beware. When you get there, you have to cross the bridge and climb up to the fort. Once at the top, the view is really nice and it's a perfect spot for a sunset. Deep Bay is a really cute beach also with less bugs than beaches on the north side of the island. The snorkeling is hit or miss, but there's a ship wreck you can see while snorkeling if it's a clear day. I recommend an afternoon at Deep Bay and climbing up to the fort for sunset.

Visited March 2013
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