Last Updated: May 15, 2016
St Catherine Fort Bermuda
Located at the northern tip of St George and overlooking the ocean, St Catherine fort stands between the St Catherine Beach
on one side and Achilles Bay
on the other side. One of the most impressive forts in the island, St. Catherine fort has many historic exhibits, artifacts, and a well preserved interior. Surrounded by a dry moat and accessed by a drawbridge, the fort has a large number of tunnels, towers, redoubts and ramparts. In 1609, Sir George Somers's ship Sea Venture was wrecked on a reef near this area. The crew came ashore where the St. Catherine fort now stands. They started the first settlement in Bermuda.
In 1612 Bermuda’s first governor, Richard Moore, arrived in Bermuda from England. Moore built a wooden fort here to defend Bermuda mainly from Spanish attacks. The original St Catherine fort in Bermuda was built around 1614, but it was renovated at least five times. In fact, work continued until late in the 19th century.
Today this stone built St Catherine fort houses a museum and is one of Bermuda’s most impressive structures. You can see a collection of antique weapons. In the old artillery store there is a gallery of dioramas depicting Bermuda’s history.
The St Catherine fort was defended by 5 canons, each weighing 18 tons. The shells they fired weighed 400 pounds and were capable of penetrating even thick iron plates. As you stroll through the magazine, you can see numerous pistols, swords, muskets and even 10" Rifle Muzzle Loaders on the gun floor. Replicas of the British Crown Jewels are also on display. There is an audio-visual presentation done here featuring various other forts of St George.
St Catherine fort Bermuda
The Children can have a thrilling experience in one of the lower chambers. They can listen to the spooky chanting of 'George the Ghost' during Halloween light show in the chamber, believed to be haunted. An exorcism was held at the fort in the 1970s. Incidentally, St Catherine fort's main terrace overlooking the reefs below has been the setting for several theatrical displays. The most notable was by Hollywood’s Charlton Heston in a 1950s production of Macbeth.
Cannons at St Catherine Fort
You can plan your lunch or dinner in The Beach House at Blackbeard's
, a restaurant next to the fort. If you do take your food there, do not miss the wonderful sunset views over the Achilles Bay from the terrace of this restaurant.
$7 for adults, $3 for children under 15.
Lantern tour is held on Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm ($25 per person).
Advance booking is not required.
The fort is open 10am - 4pm, Monday through Friday (closed on December 25, 26 and January 1).
75% of the fort area is wheelchair accessible.
Location, Contacts, How to reach
15 Coot Pond Road, St. Catherine’s Point, St. George, Bermuda.
Phone: Call 441/297-1920 for further information.
The fort is under the administration of Department of Parks, Bermuda.
St Catherine Fort is located north of St George's town and is not on a major bus route. If you like you can walk from Kings Square. While the walk towards the fort is uphill and may be a little challenging, the walk back to the town is downhill and easy. It takes about 20-25 minutes by walk. You can also take a Minibus service. The mini buses depart from King’s Square. They depart all times of the day. There is also a shuttle service from Kings Square. You can buy round trip ticket from the Visitors Information Center at Kings Square, St. George.
While coming from the dockyard (Kings Wharf), you can take the direct Orange Route Ferry to St George (takes 35 minutes, this is the shortest route). However, the ferry has only limited runs and does not operate on Saturdays and Sundays. This ferry does not usually operate in winter either.
Alternatively, take the Blue Route Ferry to Hamilton City. From Hamilton, Bus Routes #1, 3, 10, 11 will take you to St George's Town (about 1 hour). Check out Bermuda Tourist Map
to view the location of the place.
Ferry fare is $4.50 by token and $5.00 by cash for both Orange and Blue Routes, and same for bus. You can also use a 14-zone ticket in both bus and ferry from a pack of 15 (the pack costs $37.50).
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