Fort Hamilton

Situated on a hilltop on the outskirts of Hamilton this pentagonal fort makes a pleasant retreat from the bustle of the city. It was built in the 1870’s to defend against a possible attack by American forces and offers spectacular views of the capital and Hamilton Harbour.

The fort has plenty of cannons, gun emplacements and ramparts to keep history buffs occupied. However, we think its main attraction is its unique gardens. The 30 foot wide dry moat which surrounds the fort has been transformed into a woodland garden.

Canon at Fort Hamilton, Bermuda
Fort Hamilton

A meandering path leads through a thick forest of soaring bamboos, palms, palmettos and allspice trees. It contrasts perfectly with the formal order of the terraced gardens lying within the walls above. Wandering along the path you are blissfully unaware of the proximity of the city. The only sound that can be heard is the occasional rustling of the wildlife in the trees.

Much of the credit for this peaceful oasis can be contributed to one man; George Ogden. In the 1960’s the fort and its surrounding moat had become a dumping ground. The newly appointed parks superintendent began the laborious task of removing the rubbish and creating the lush landscape we see today. In recognition of this and other momentous achievements George Ogden has received honours from both the Queen and the Royal Horticultural Society in London.

If you visit Bermuda between November and March try to visit here on Monday at noon. The Bermuda Islands Pipe Band gives a colourful skirling performance featuring Scottish bagpipes, drummers and dancers.

Fort Hamilton is situated on Happy Valley Road, just east of the centre of Hamilton. It’s a fairly easy walk from the city centre, but the road up to the entrance may be a little steep for less able. There’s plenty of free parking for those travelling on a scooter. The park and fort are open daily from 9.30 am until 5 pm. Entrance is free.

As noted above, one great feature of the park is the vista it offers. Other places with great views include Fort Scaur, Bermuda Cathedral, and the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Fort Hamilton include:

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Fort Hamilton include:

  • Rosa's (0.2 miles) - Established Tex-Mex restaurant in Hamilton. Offers burgers, burritos, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, steaks etc. Located above Docksider.
  • Docksider (0.2 miles) - Pub and restaurant at the eastern end of Front Street. Menu offers pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Popular watering hole. Live sports, DJs etc. Reasonably close to Fort Hamilton.
  • Harbourfront Restaurant (0.2 miles) - Restaurant at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Offers a sushi and tempura bar. Stunning views of Hamilton Harbour.
  • Bolero Brasserie (0.3 miles) - Upscale brasserie on Hamilton’s main street. Chef owned. Offers a small balcony with view of Front Street and Hamilton Harbour.
  • The Dog House (0.3 miles) - Popular bar on Front Street. Live music and Premier League/NFL games. Outdoor terrace.
  • Rock Island Coffee (0.4 miles) - Coffeeshop in Hamilton known for its delicious baked goods. Walls display works by local artists.
  • Ruby Murrys (0.4 miles) - Indian restaurant just off Front Street. Reasonable prices.
  • House of India (0.4 miles) - Indian restaurant at the northern end of Hamilton. Specialises in Tandoor-cooked dishes. Takeaway service available.
  • The Astwood Arms (0.4 miles) - British style pub on Hamilton’s main street. Friendly staff. Live music and NFL/Premier League games.
  • Flanagan's (0.4 miles) - Irish pub located in a prime spot on Front Street in Hamilton. Veranda offers excellent views of Hamilton Harbour. Incorporates a separate sports bar.
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Map

Map showing location of Fort Hamilton.

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Map showing location of Fort Hamilton

Details

Fort Hamilton

Address
Happy Valley Road
Hamilton
Pembroke Parish
Bermuda

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. The fort isn’t too far from Hamilton. You can walk there but the hill is quite steep. Older folk may need to get a taxi. The view is amazing. I’d rate Fort St Catherine higher in terms of historical interest but it is still worth a trip here, especially if you are in the area already.

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  2. Fort Hamilton has a good location near the city. It is on a hill and overlooks the water and the city so you get really good views of everything.

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  3. The fort has very nice gardens. Although it’s a military fortification it’s very peaceful and tranquil. There are excellent views over the city and bay. It was well worth the walk from Hamilton.

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  4. We toured Fort Hamilton in late December 2008, and found it a beautiful experience. You experience wonderful silence, and reflect on what it was like when in use by your soldiers. The grounds are kept in pristine shape and the moat must have every known flora in the world! A must to tour!

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  5. The road up to Fort Hamilton is really quite steep. You need a moped or have to be very fit. The walk around the moat is very pleasant and the views of Hamilton from the top are probably the best you’ll see.

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