La Toc Battery Fort

La Toc Battery Fort, Castries

La Toc Battery Fort
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The only Military fort open to the Public in St Lucia. Viewings by appointment only.
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,652 contributions
Visit to British defensive fort made interesting with a guided tour
Jan 2019 • Couples
We visited this attraction on a cruise ship excursion so the guide at the fort was expecting us. His talk about the history of the fort and its rescue in 1980 from oblivion by an American lady who lived on the island added a great deal to our visit.

The fort/battery, built on a hill overlooking the Castries harbor, appears to be just 1 long horizontal concrete wall with room for 1 cannon emplacement and, below ground, storage rooms for artillery shells. The rusty 18 ton cannon now faces inland instead of toward the harbor because, after machinery pulled it uphill from the steep embankment below, the machinery could not turn the cannon around to place it on its swiveling stand/carriage. French ships, in the 1700-1800s, wanting to sail into the Castries harbor from the nearby island of St. Martinique just 20 miles away, often bore the brunt of British shells from this battery. Both countries battled each other at least 14 times for the control of St. Lucia which was valuable to the British as a coaling station to refuel her ships.

The guide took us to a concrete underground room used by soldiers as a temporary barrack while on duty. The room was about as large as a master bedroom, but would have slept 60-70 soldiers. The walls of the room were all white washed now with display cases surrounding the room. Various bottles retrieved from the Castries' harbor were on display. These were grouped by use - ink wells, poison bottles, and French and British wine/champagne/beer bottles. Another small room held information in diagram form of the workings of the 18 ton cannon with a pile of rusty used cannon balls lying on the floor. Various pictures on the wall in this room showed British uniforms for the time period, a period map of St. Lucia with the location of La Toc Battery clearly marked, and a sketch of Government House. A third small room showed how artillery shells in this room would have been stored 5 deep per shelf.

The tour lasted about 30 minutes. 15 seat passenger vans can make it up the hill to the entrance of the fort while large buses stop below the battery to let passengers climb up the hill for their visit. We left the Pointe Seraphine cruise dock around 9isham and had a slow crawl through the center of Castries, bumper to bumper with vehicles - something to remember if taking a taxi. I took this excursion because a visit to La Toc Battery was included. It would need a taxi ride from town otherwise.
Written 21 February 2019
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Nadia M
Arad, Bahrain484 contributions
Interestied History...
Nov 2018 • Couples
We stoped here as part of our tour (with our cruise group), the fort is opened by appointment only as it was written in a big sign inside.

We were welcomed by the guide who give us the history of the fort than we were given about 20 - 30 min to discover the fort and the rooms downstairs.

It was not a very big fort, but it was beautiful with intersted stories.
Written 17 February 2019
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Oldguitarmike
Argyle, TX885 contributions
Historical site
Jan 2018 • Couples
One of the stops on our shore excursion from the cruise ship. Located on top of a hill over looking the bay. The remains of the old fort are very well preserved. A brief history by our tour guide was very informative. They have restrooms available (I didn't use them so don't know how clean they are). Very interesting.
Written 20 January 2018
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andrew g
Beverly Hills, CA89 contributions
A nice Afternoon visit, wonderful views
Oct 2017 • Couples
Enter from the Sandals Grand if you'r staying there and pay the nominal entrance fee, head up hill and enjoy the fantastic views. A sea breeze will keep you cool so take your time and spend a few mins pondering the poor buggers who had to drag those cannons up that hill! :-)
Written 11 October 2017
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Takapuna
Albany, New Zealand414 contributions
A Surprise!
Apr 2017 • Couples
The history of this place is amazing - fancy an American woman spending all her time resurrecting this fort - and she wasn't even a local - well, not when she started anyway. Lovely story and well preserved and certainly worth a visit!
Written 28 May 2017
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london057
Dublin, OH315 contributions
Not the most Impressive in the Americas.
Jan 2017 • Solo
First of the fort is on by an American expat. Second there is a little museum. Third I recommend either Castillo San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena,Columbia, Castillo de San Christobal , Parque Nacional Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America, and Fort Mackinac in Michigan over this fort. Last the view is nice.
Written 18 January 2017
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Tony H
Duncan, OK30 contributions
Great week
Apr 2016 • Couples
La Toc was a great place to dive and play golf (9 holes at a time). The people were wonderfully friendly. The food was great. Lots of different cultures and food in one place. We had an incredible time. I enjoyed getting to see the other Sandals on the island. All had great food and drinks. Saw sea horses on my last dive. Amazing island with great people.
Written 20 May 2016
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Cherry2548
South England57 contributions
Interesting history of St Lucia
Apr 2016 • Family
Uriel gave us a good tour around the Battery. A 19th century British gun emplacement. We booked our own tour 10 US each. He took us on the slightly longer tour which is not possible in a big group. This included the very interesting gunpowder room. There is a funny story how they got the gun barrel up the hill when the site was being renovated.
Also good views of Castries and Pigeon Island beyond with Fort Rodney. Call (758) 452-7921 for more information. Also Alice Bagshaws silk screening shop is near by and it's worth asking to see if they can give you a demonstration of silk screen printing.
Written 8 April 2016
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OskieTor
Toronto, Canada166 contributions
Interesting historical information about St Lucia
Feb 2016 • Couples
The guide was very good in providing good and interesting information about the island of St Lucia and the Fort. The facilities were more in ruins except for the museum artifacts which were displayed in various parts of the small Fort. Without explanations from the guide, the museum on its own would not be very interesting. If this stop is part of a tour then it is worthwhile, if not, I don't think I would make a special trip there.
Written 28 February 2016
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Dragon Lady G
Castries, St. Lucia178 contributions
NOTHING THERE
Oct 2015 • Couples
Really, there is nothing left of this except an old ruin which you cannot enter or get into / not worth the time and energy to go see this, really nothing there.
Written 29 October 2015
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