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

Those wishing to visit Fort Napoleon may choose to book their trip on Terre-de-Haut, as travelers to this region of Guadeloupe will have the benefit of easy site access during their time there. With just a few accommodations in the region within the vicinity of Fort Napoleon, relatively little foot movement might be anticipated.

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 outdoor activities also pique your interest, consider visiting Anse Rodrigue, the most convenient beach to access from this historical site.


Operating Hours

The daily schedule for this historical site is not readily available, meaning your group's top chance at success is phoning in advance to make certain the attraction will be up and running during the time you and your group mean to visit.

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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