The first time I visited Ft. George, I couldn't believe the view-just magnificent. It was unlike any other scene I've witnessed in the past. A wide array of houses of different colors and textures were piled on top of one another in a non-distinct pattern. Alongside- a body of water, fruit stands, boats filled with fisherman, and people selling bootleg DVDs.
|where Maurice Bishop was contained|
*On busy days- entrance fee $5EC
*There is a little hike up a steep hill to get to the summit. Bring a water bottle to star hydrated. Also, don't forget to wear sunscreen.
*Be aware of the unofficial tour guides- they can be persistent. Kindly tell them you want to be alone and they will leave.
*It's normal for vendors to seek your business.
*All Businesses are typically open early morning and close around 5pm. Sundays most businesses are closed.
- Built from 1706-1710
- Initially named Fort Royal and later renamed Fort George in 1763, after King George III after the British took over the island
- Currently houses the Royal Grenada Police Force (though some sections are open to the public)
- Maurice Bishop, a revolutionary, was put under house arrest and executed (1983) at Ft. George by Bernard Coard, a member within his own party who demanded for Bishop to step down from his position as Prime Minister. Bishop along with seven others were executed by a army firing squad.
- Was at one point in time at the center of St. George's until it expanded out
From SGU, take the Grand Anse Bus and stop at Texaco. Walk up around the corner towards IGA to the local bus stop. Take Raggae bus #1, St. George's to the last stop. $2.50EC/$3EC during holidays.
Ask a local on the street to point you in the direction of Ft. George. There is access from next to the exit to the Sendall tunnel via steps, or the main road which continues on to the General Hospital.
Or.. from the last stop (bus terminal) facing away from it. turn right (towards United grocery store). walk pass bootleg DVDs. Turn left on the same street that Digicel is on. Walk up the steep hill (very steep). at the end of the steep hill, turn right towards the church. Ft. George is right next to the church and past the police station.