Fort Shirley
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This English colonial fort is among the ruins found at the Cabrits Historical and Marine Park, which preserves remnants of the islands tumultuous history.
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,863 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Access to the Fort is gained through Cabrits national park. A weekly pass costing US$12 or EC$32.05 (cash only) is more economical if planning to visit other national parks in the country. Several buildings have been restored and there are also a couple of basic museums on site giving information on the forts history and wider information on the flora and fauna of the area although it has to be said that many of the displays have been better days. There are good views of the surrounding area from the gun battery locations.

Written 5 May 2023
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funkdoctor8
Florida186 contributions
Sep 2022
The views there are incredible. small restaurant, bar food. lots of trails. bring water and sunscreen. worth the trip if you are on the north of the island
Written 17 September 2022
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bakerofgoods
Massachusetts56 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We spent 11 days in Dominica and this was probably the least worthwhile thing we did. Perhaps if we had hired a guide, but there were none there. We did a little birding in the big area before entering.
We hiked up the west trail and that was a mistake. It was overgrown and led to a cannon with absolutely no view. Probably the trees have grown up and obscured it. There is far more interesting and beautiful hiking on the island.
There is some signage but definitely needs some attention.
We needed proof of vaccination to enter.
Written 21 January 2022
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Julietravelsalot
Plainview, MN100 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This is an historic fort with some hiking trails. There are some buildings that you can walk around and in, and some mowed walking trails. A beautiful view of the bay down below. It was a nice time.
Written 10 December 2021
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Eli
10 contributions
Jan 2020
Great views of the coast below. Well manicured area and well preserved fort. Needs more signage and more detail for the history of the place.
Written 21 January 2020
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JenniferSpencer
Annapolis, MD71 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
It's a bit of a steep hike but the fort up top is nicely restored with several signs for a self-guided tour. There are some beautiful trees on site as well. The view from the fort of the harbor below is just gorgeous, too. Seventeen cannon are at the top, and the buildings are now in good condition. There is also a discovery center at the bottom of the hill with some historical information and discussion of the Battle of the Saints.
Written 13 January 2019
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Retromobile
Haversham, UK96 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
There is a concreted walk way for most of the walk up to Fort Shirley, which is quite steep in places, so take your time making it to the fort.
Some interesting artefacts, but its the views you walk uphill for - they are lovely.
Written 24 November 2018
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AbandonedExplorer
Dominica30 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Amazing, just beautiful. Went to celebrate a birthday, and must say I will return. The view over the ocean is simple breath taking.
Written 21 November 2018
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JLC-mtl2015
Montreal, Canada372 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Fort Shirley is part of the Cabrits National Park in the north of Dominica near Portsmouth. It was the most important historic site we visited on this island.

The Officer’s Quarters seems to also serve for receptions. I particularly likes the paintings on the second floor.

Walking trails can lead you to different areas of the park. Since it was the end of the day we did not venture too far.

I think that a guided tour would have helped to understand better this place.
Written 9 October 2018
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Ricardo B
Miami, FL2,968 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is one of the only 4 well preserved British colonial fort in the Caribbean and it is situated in a very nice national park surrounded by nice hikes. The fort is well restored with very good views. A good frisky walk and a good lesson in history
Written 15 August 2018
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