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 travelers to this part of Dominica will have the benefit of easy access to this museum during their time there. While this location isn't a major hub for tourism, you will still find a reasonably good selection of lodging options to choose 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

And, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending some time exploring the area is having a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum. Purple Turtle Beach Club, which serves up Caribbean dishes, is very close-by, making it a great option for museum patrons. Blue Bay Restaurant and Douglas Guesthouse Snackette are some more refreshment choices nearby where guests can experience the flavors of Dominica, and munch on some tasty cuisine.


Operating Hours

The daily schedule for the museum is not readily available, meaning that your best option is calling ahead to make certain the site will be open to visitors during the time you and your party intend to visit.


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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