Fort King George (Tobago)

#3 in Best Things To Do in Trinidad & Tobago
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Key Info

84 Fort St.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Much like Fort George in Trinidad, this mountaintop fort mixes stunning ocean and city views with a dose of Tobago's military and colonial history. Built after the French captured Tobago from the British in 1781, this military compound was controlled by the French until 1793 when it was recaptured by the British. In 1804, it was named Fort King George in honor of King George III, and in 1854 it stopped operating as a military structure.

Within Fort King George, travelers can explore the prison and officers' mess, as well as the quaint Tobago Museum located inside of the former barrack guardhouse. The Tobago Museum features weapons and pre-Columbian artifacts found in Scarborough alongside old Tobago maps and photographs. Outside of the historic buildings, visitors can find several canons and expansive views of Scarborough Bay.

Admission to Fort King George is free. However, to go inside the Tobago Museum, visitors are charged $5 TTD (less than $1 USD). The fort has restrooms available for public use and benches under large samaan trees for sitting and enjoying the view or a light snack. Plan to visit during the week since the fort is only open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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#1 Fort George (Trinidad)

Not to be confused with Tobago's Fort King George in Scarborough, this historic Trinidadian structure provides visitors with a taste of the island's colonial heritage. Fort George was built in 1804 by former British Governor Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Hislop to protect the Port of Spain from any perceived military threats. However, the formidable structure never saw conflict and the military eventually retired it in 1846.

One of Fort George's best known features is its intricate wooden signal station, which provides a stark contrast to the fort's original cannons and dungeons still on display here. Constructed in 1883, this less intimidating, almost quaint structure was designed by Prince Kofi Nti, an Ashanti royal from West Africa who immigrated to Trinidad in 1881.

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