Photo courtesy of Bermuda Tourism Authority
Fort St. Catherine and Museum
The first fortification to occupy this spot on the northern tip of Bermuda was built from wood in 1612; it was replaced just two years later by a stone structure. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this fort was rebuilt and expanded several more times over the centuries as the needs of the Royal Navy changed and its presence on Bermuda increased. The final expansion in the 19th century included the addition of military housing and new gun positions. Today the site, which sits between St. Catherine Beach and Achilles Bay, includes a dry moat, numerous stone buildings, and a museum that features antique weapons and a gallery of dioramas that trace the fort’s various iterations.
By jenna mahoney, AFAR Local Expert
Bring Out the Big Guns at Fort St. Catherine
Fort St. Catherine is a well-preserved military fort on the far northeastern tip of Bermuda, about a 20-minute walk from quaint St. George's. It was established in 1612 to help protect Bermuda against Spanish attack, and remained in use for hundreds of years, being rebuilt a number of times over the centuries. Today, the fort is set up as a history museum, with a decidedly military bent. You can wander the tunnels, supply rooms, and ramparts, all peppered with cannons, dioramas, and exhibitions on such topics as the importance of the fort following the American War of Independence, when Bermuda became essentially a British naval base protecting the western Atlantic trade routes. It's an informative, if sometimes dry, visit, unless you happen to geek out on artillery through the ages. If you don't feel the need to read every single inscription, you could be out of there in an hour and on your way to nearby Tobacco Bay. Entrance is $7, and the fort is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. There's a passable restaurant next door if you need refreshments.
By nr, AFAR Contributor
St George's, Bermuda
Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm