Brimstone Hill Fortress

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by the British and is an integral part of the history of St. Kitts and the Caribbean. First established in 1690, Brimstone Hill Fortress was built atop an almost 800 foot high hill overlooking the coast and Sandy Point Town, the then British Capital of St. Kitts. It was designed by British Military Engineers and built by skilled slave labour. The materials used were the tough and durable volcanic andesite and put together using limestone, also available on the hill, to make the mortar. With walls up to seven feet thick, it was not only designed to be impregnable but also impressive, gaining the nickname “The Gibraltar of the West Indies”.

What to Expect

Enjoy a wonderland of restored historical structures and ruins while enjoying some of the most breath-taking and spectacular views. Be sure to visit the Visitor’s Orientation Center and view a short informative video about the history of Brimstone Hill, then browse through the Gift Shop where you can choose from an array of items including local craft, souvenirs and a collection of historical Caribbean maps and prints.

With its beauty and wonderful ambiance, Brimstone Hill is also a popular place for holding weddings, conferences, meetings, concerts, picnics and other functions/celebrations. Arrangements can be made by contacting the main office.

You can explore the fort at your own pace with the help of a state-of-the-art audio guide, available in a number of languages, which you may rent to listen as you walk. Be sure to visit and browse the Fort George Museum which takes you back in time with interesting and informative displays. You can end your visit by refreshing yourself and relaxing at the open-air setting of the Skyline Canteen, which sells delicious homemade juices and a wide variety of other drinks and snacks.

Nature lovers will be enchanted by the spectacular views of forests, fields, oceans and surrounding islands, and the colourful diversity of plants; and if you visit early morning or late afternoon, you will likely encounter some of the vervet monkeys that live and feed on the hill.

Staying Close

Brimstone Hill Fortress is located in Saint Anne Sandy Point Parish, which means visitors to this area of St. Kitts and Nevis will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. With just a small number of accommodations in the community surrounding this historical site, a small amount of foot traffic might be bargained for.

Hotels near Brimstone Hill Fortress
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Belle Mont Farm Hotel 2.9 mi. (3.6 km) N
Ocean Terrace Inn Hotel 7.7 mi. (1.1 km) ESE
Glimbaro Guest House Guest house 8.0 mi. (0.6 km) ESE
Bird Rock Beach Hotel Motel 9.6 mi. (2.1 km) ESE

Location and What's Nearby

Brimstone Hill Fortress can be found within the southern part of Saint Anne Sandy Point Parish, in the general vicinity of Sandy Point Town; it's 5.0 miles to the south of Dieppe Bay Town.

The Park & Fortress is also 10 miles West of Basseterre, while the Main Office is located at Taylors Range, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Those who choose to visit Brimstone Hill Fortress will have access to at least a couple outdoor activities like playing a few holes of golf and heading to the beach without having to look very hard. Tourists with an interest in trying out their aptitude on the golf course, will be able to do so at the nearest golfing opportunity, which is Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. Free moments can also be enjoyed at Pump Bay, the closest beach. Although you won't find an extensive selection nearby, a couple other comparable outdoor activities to choose from nearby. If you would like to remain inside there are also several places of interest to visit within a short distance. One of the few additional attractions near Brimstone Hill Fortress that tourists will most likely love is Fort Charles.

Information

Operating Hours

This site is open to the public everyday from 9:30am until 5:30pm.

Payment

Visitors pay $10(USD) to enter the park, while locals pay just $6(USD). Children are half price.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (869) 465-2609 Or (869) 465-6771

Location: Basseterre, St. Kitts

Website: http://brimstonehillfortress.org/

Email: brimstonehill@sisterisles.kn

 

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