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Cabrits Historical & Fort Shirley

Enjoy a short walk up to Fort Shirley and take in a view of the entre Prince Rupert Bay and the town of Portsmouth.

Included in your cruise
  • People came to Prince Rupert’s Bay in canoes thousands of years ago.
  • The Cabrits is one of the most impressive 18th-century military installations in the West Indies.
  • Learn the full history of the fort, which was constructed between 1770 and 1815.
  • There are excellent views north across Douglas Bay to Toucari with Morne Aus Diables.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration

    1h30

  • Max. passengers

    200

  • Booking Code

    INCL-DOM1

  • Notices

    Comfortable walking shoes and clothing, water, sun block

For millions of years, the Cabrits have stood like silent witnesses to the passage of time. People came to Prince Rupert’s Bay in canoes thousands of years ago. Hundreds of years ago, others arrived in tall ships.

The Cabrits is one of the most impressive 18th-century military installations in the West Indies. Whitchurch Tours invites you to join a historical tour of the remains of Fort Shirley, nestled in Cabrits National Park.

Discover what life was like in its heyday. Your tour begins with a short walk up to Fort Shirley with your guide. At Fort Shirley, take in fantastic views of Prince Rupert Bay in its entirety and the town of Portsmouth.

Your guide will walk you through the Fort and explain its full history. It was constructed between 1770 and 1815, with over 50 military structures and 33 cannons. It was definitively abandoned in 1854. From its top, there are excellent views north across Douglas Bay to Toucari with Morne Aux Diables to the east. Southward, there are views across Cabrits swamp to the broad sweep of Prince Rupert Bay.

The tour includes a stop at the Prince Rupert Tavern, where you will be served with a refreshment before the tour ends.

Practical information:

  • Language: English

  • Included: At Prince Rupert Tavern. Choices of water, local beer, local seasonal juice or rum punch

  • Remarks/requirements: Comfortable walking shoes and clothing, water, sun block

  • Walking information: About 1/3 of a mile

  • Wheelchair accessible: No