Brimstone Hill Fortress

Brimstone Hill Fortress
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Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park preserves one of the best-preserved historical military fortifications in the Americas, designed by the British and built by slaves.

The complex of fortifications originates from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located on the island of St. Kitts, making use of the natural setting of a steep double-peaked hill close to the sea. The fort was abandoned and mostly disbanded in 1853.

Community Perspective: interesting history, but mostly the panoramic views from the fortress are praised. Kelly's review provides practical details of a visit.


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Kelly Rogers

USA - 19-Feb-19 -

We visited this site on the last day of a week long visit to Nevis.  It is not the most well-preserved colonial fort in the Caribbean, but there is a lot of interesting history here.  The fort is difficult to access. Unless you have a car, you need a taxi or a tour.  There is an audio tour for $10 US that is very informative, but probably overpriced.  It is also $10 US per person to enter the site.  The view is breathtaking!  It would take a few hours to wander around and see everything at a leisurely pace.  

Emilia Bautista King

U.S.A. - 18-Feb-06 -

My husband and I chose St. Kitts as our honeymoon destination because of its Caribbean location and because it had a World Heritage Site. Brimstone Hill was impressive and provided us with a spectacular view of the island! Ben is right - the island is not so touristy but I think tourism is gaining momentum, so hurry and visit!

Ben Pastore

USA - 07-Jun-05 -

My visit to Brimstone was no more than 15 minutes, but this imposing fortress took me back in time and I half-expected to see a ship bearing the Jolly Roger approaching the shores below. The fortress, perched atop a magnificently defensible hill, offers unmatched panoramic views of the verdant slopes of this small yet authentic island that didn't appear to have sold its soul to tourism just yet. I highly recommend renting a scooter and circling the island which is a feasable one day excursion



Hi there i live pretty close to the Brimstone Hill Fortress and up unitl today i am still marvelled by it's massive structure and size. It is a well maintained Historical site, very peaceful quite and serene. IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THERE YOUR MISSING IT!

Site Info

Full Name
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
Unesco ID
Saint Kitts and Nevis
3 4
Structure - Military and Fortifications

Site History

1999 Inscribed


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