Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry National Historic Site
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Once inside the wooden gates, visitors enter the realm of 19th century military life, experience guided tours, scenic views, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard. You will also see people representing the civilian population of the Fort as schoolteachers and soldiers' wives. The Fort also plays host to numerous special ceremonies and events that take place all season long.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Debbie J
62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Self guided tour (not sure if that is just because of Covid)
At the entrance you are told there are guides offering short explanation about various aspects of Fort Henry life, approx every 15 mins. The big problem is that there are 2 parts to the fort, but there is no signage, or times anywhere to direct you when and where these events are occurring. You arrive in the upper fort, where there are cafes, beaver tails (go figure) and a few retail stores. The views from the ramparts are spectacular but again no signage. You can walk into the patio of the restaurant and go to the walls for some amazing views, but it’s not obvious you can do that.
There is a ramp to the lower (more important part of the fort) but you would never know if you allowed down there) again no signage. Once in this part, there are guides who provide the information about life in the fort (the 15 minute presentation). The girl who spoke about the musical instruments and the role it played in entertainment as well as communication was a talented musician and played several instruments. But without signage you never knew what was coming up next or what time. From here you enter into the walls of the fort where there are some mundane rooms about life at the fort. By accident we came across, tucked in a corner a selection of rooms that showed the living quarters of the various officers and commanders, you exit unexpectedly into a working bakery, where you are instantly asked “do you have any question?” I’ve only just walked in the room, you tell me about this!! You could have easily missed this part of the fort.
As a visitor to Kingston, yes visit Fort Henry, but to the people organizing this, it really is very poorly done, I understand the Covid restrictions but surely you can have better signage ( that is not a touch point), times of the events ( canon, rifle firing etc) recommended routes through the fort ( the map doesn’t do this).
Written 11 August 2021
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satch a
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited this site near the end of June. Due to the pandemic, we had to book appointments to enter, so it wasn't much crowded. The staff and guards are very friendly. They had a lot of information and they were ready to answer any questions and have nice conversations with us. Every 15 mins they have alternating presentations such as rifle firing. The drawback is, due to the pandemic most of the areas were closed and there was poor maintenance. By maintenance, there were many spiderwebs on the bleachers and other places where we walked in the lower fort.
Written 7 July 2021
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Eric_the_Bish
Plymouth, UK862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Very pleasantly surprised at the understated but effective interpretation of this historic site. We actually only went there because we missed the turning for the ferry to Wolfe Island (!) but in the event it was a really great visit. The demonstration firing of an historic rifle, accompanied by a most interesting description of the weapon’s development and utility, was a highlight.

I would say it’s not well set up to entertain small children, but for adults interested in some of the background and history of the area it was really interesting. And I think small children would enjoy the visit as long as they were not expecting video games and virtual reality shows.
Written 11 September 2021
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ptrs
Mississauga, Canada23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Not only is a visit to Fort Henry a great experience, the staff are informative with all the information. We stayed for the Fort Henry Tattoo which was amazing with the bands and dancers and fireworks at the end. I would recommend looking for any special things they have going on, they put on a great show.
Written 24 July 2023
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Thank you kindly for your review and attending our annual Fort Henry Tattoo performance this summer season.
Written 28 July 2023
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Kelli M
Kingston, Canada40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a fun location for the whole family. Steeped in history it overlooks the city of Kingston and is a great vantage point for travellers to see the town from overhead. Check their event schedule to see what is upcoming. Fort Fright is fun for Hallowe'en and they have musical performances and reenactments throughout the summer months. The large hill is fun for toboggoning in the winter and they may still offer an obstacle course to run during the summer. Ample parking on site and a nice restaurant that overlooks the water.
Written 1 January 2023
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Jo S
Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We visited Fort Henry two days in a row in July and were very impressed with everything we saw and experienced. The level of commitment shown by everyone is admirable and the attention to detail, to ensure historic accuracy, is quite remarkable. The musical and artillery drills were very interesting to follow and there were also some opportunities for interactive participation, for instance in the school room. Mrs Schneider was brilliant as the school mistress! The staff at the ticket booth were welcoming, Olek at the bistro provided great service, and the shop selling Indigenous handicrafts carried some beautiful pieces. All in all, Fort Henry is a must for anyone interested in history - the history of the military, the history of Kingston, and the history of Canada. The view of the city and Lake Ontario from the fort is amazing.
Written 18 July 2022
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Caitiecat
Ottawa, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Kids got to run around the whole Fort as it wasn’t very crowded. Lots to see. Unfortunately no shows or costumes given Covid but the Fort has done a great job at keeping the fun and keeping it clean!
Written 12 October 2020
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Maria D
Montreal, Canada71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
During COVID you'd better reserve in advance. We visited on Friday and it was great cause not many people, so we could spend a lot of time in each part. This time they offer a self-guided tour at your own pace. We arrived at 2h30 and left at almost 5pm.
All the information is available in English and French.
Written 14 September 2021
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SPF04
Canada286 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We did this on the way back from the Rockport Cruise to Bolt Castle (a must). $20 CA to get in a little much compared to $12.50 USD for the Bolt Castel entrance fee. Not much to see but if you like history then I would say check it out. Those poor employees in that wool in the heat.
Written 21 July 2023
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Stephanie B
Saint Thomas, Canada39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Enjoyed our tour of Fort Henry. Loved the period costumed performers located throughout the Fort. They provided a wealth of information about life in the Fort. An informative and educational experience. We spend a few hours meandering around.
Written 31 July 2020
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