Brimstone Hill Fortress

The immense fortress situated atop an 800-foot (244m) hill was named the 'Gibraltar of the West Indies', and the citadel, boasting 49 guns, is protected by seven-foot (2m) thick walls. What started in 1690 took almost ten decades to complete, built largely by African slaves, and the scale and grandeur of the fortress was representative of the importance of St Kitts during the 17th and 18th centuries, and of the wealth that required such defence. Today, the indomitable military complex affords incredible views from its commanding position, as well as a small museum, a film recounting the history and restoration of the site, and tours of the officers' quarters, hospital and ammunition stores.

Address: Basseterre

E-mail: info@brimstonehillfortress.org

Website: www.brimstonehillfortress.org

Telephone: 465 2609

Opening times: Open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm