Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a very beautiful location. The remarkable 38-acre fortress, mostly dating from the 18th century but still in perfect condition, is situated towards the northern tip of the island of St. Kitts, on a volcanic peak right by the coast, about 10 miles northwest of Basseterre.

The fortress is one of the largest in the Caribbean. It serves as a monument to the British military engineers who designed it, as well as to the endurance and skill of the African slaves who built it. Constructed in phases over a hundred years between 1690 and 1790, it is a stunning example of the polygonal system of fortification.

Watch the orientation film and take a self-guided tour through the barracks, officers’ quarters, redoubts, and cemetery. The park museum has artifacts representing the island’s African heritage, such as masks and ceremonial tools, as well as old newspapers, uniforms, weapons, and more. 

This handsome fortress of many levels was built on the upper parts of a very steep, 800-foot-high, flat-topped, ancient weathered volcanic core called Brimstone Hill, which has been called "the Gibraltar of the Caribbean". The hill has superb views in every direction. A number of other islands (including Sint Eustatius, Saba, Nevis, and Montserrat) can be seen in the distance. From this high hill one can also admire the rainforest capping the central mountains of St. Kitts, as well as the gently sloping lands reaching down to the sea, covered with the traditional agricultural patterns of green and brown.  A line of picturesque small towns and villages stretches along the coast. All these images are framed by the blue Caribbean Sea.  Brimstone Hill's scenery is a photographer's paradise.

The entrance fee is $8 USD per adult.