Fort Napoleon

Photo Credit: © Stephane A. Gustin CC BY

Fort Napoleon was built under Napoleon Bonaparte's orders in 1811 when he feared a British attack on the port of Ostend. Shortly thereafter, Napoleon fell from power and the fort fell into disrepair. For awhile, the fort was a museum and playground for children, and now, after a five year renovation project, the grounds house a museum and a beautifully blooming botanical garden.

What to Expect

The now restored Fort Napoleon houses a museum of local culture and history, hosts educational programs for local children, and contains the famed Jardin Exotique du Fort Napoleon, or the Botanical Garden of Fort Napoleon. Visitors are welcome to explore the well kept gardens which feature local plants and rarities from around the world.

Between 1995 and 2000, Fort Napoleon was completely restored to emulate its original glorious construction. Now the structure resembled the original fort, but is more weather resistant.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying on Terre-de-Haut if you plan on visiting Fort Napoleon, as those visiting this part of Guadeloupe will be pleased to have easy site access during their time there. Although the area isn't a concentrated tourist destination, you'll still find at least a few lodging options to choose from.

Hotels near Fort Napoleon
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Lo Bleu Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (21.3 km) NE
Auberges Hotel Les Saintes Island-bois Hotel 0.2 mi. (21.6 km) ESE
Paradis Saintos Guest house 0.3 mi. (21.1 km) WSW
Hotel Kanaoa Les Saintes Guadelupe Hotel 0.7 mi. (20.5 km) N
Hotel Bois Joli Hotel 1.0 mi. (20.6 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

If you're hungry after spending time at Fort Napoleon, you should think about dining at one of the restaurants close to the historic site. Couleurs du Monde, which has a menu full of Caribbean food, is also the closest restaurant to this site. La Case aux Epices and La Fringale are some of the additional restaurant choices nearby. At La Fringale you should try a bite of Creole fare and enjoy the Guadeloupe scene.


Operating Hours

The opening and closing hours for Fort Napoleon are not readily available, meaning your group's smartest option is calling before you leave to ensure the site is open during the time you and your party aim to make an appearance. You can tour Fort Napoleon between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. April through October, although the property is closed on Mondays between July and August. In November the hours chance, and the fort is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for on Monday and Tuesday when it is closed.


Tour guides are available for Fort Guadeloupe for € 65 in addition to the € 5 per person fee to enter the grounds. This fee includes an audio guide.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (590) 37-99-59



Location: Terre-de-Haut


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