Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum

Photo credit: © John Hains

At the Fort Shirley Welcome Center is a small museum that is open to the public. The museum showcases both the natural and historic importance of the grounds, discussing plants that reside along the trails, and some of the area's military history. The staff is available to answer any questions you may have, as well as direct you towards some of the trails surrounding the fort.

What to Expect

The historic fort stands as a showcase to the past; allowing visitors to experience a time on Dominica that has long since passed. While the fort is mostly in ruins today, attentive visitors will realize and learn of the strategic importance it played on the island. At the Visitor Center, guests will get an introduction in what to expect when they venture into the fort, as well as have the opportunity to look at recovered artifacts and to ask questions to the well-trained staff.

The Visitors center is humbled in comparison to both the Fort behind and the forest that surrounds it. It is made of the same style brick as the fort, and is large enough to hold a large number of guests. When trying to spot it, look for a brick-red roof on a modern style house.

Staying Close

Consider staying in Portsmouth if you plan on visiting Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum, since visitors to this part of Dominica will have convenient access to the museum throughout their trip. Even though the region isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you will still find a reasonably varied selection of hotel options to pick from.

Hotels near Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Douglas Guesthouse Guest house 1.1 mi. (0.4 km) E
Heaven's Best Guesthouse Guest house 1.5 mi. (0.4 km) E
Sister Sea Lodge Hotel 1.9 mi. (2.1 km) SSE
Hotel Portsmouth Beach Hotel 2.2 mi. (2.7 km) SSE
Picard Beach Cottages Cottages 2.2 mi. (2.8 km) SSE
Hotel the Champs Lodge 2.2 mi. (2.6 km) SSE
Barb Wire Bungalows Cottages 2.3 mi. (2.8 km) SSE

Location and What's Nearby

If you find yourself hungry after spending time in the museum, no problem -- there is an impressive spread food and drink options within traveling distance. Purple Turtle Beach Club, which serves Caribbean meals, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Blue Bay Restaurant and Douglas Guesthouse Snackette offer additional restaurant choices nearby where guests can try something different on Dominica.


Operating Hours

Call the museum ahead for their hours of operation.


It is free to visit the Fort Shirley Welcome Center.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (767) 445-6009

Location: Cabrits Garrison, Dominica


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