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Fort Montego
Fort Montego

Fort Montego

Montego Bay

The Basics

From the Hip Strip along Gloucester Avenue, stroll to the fort for a view of Montego Bay. History buffs will enjoy inspecting the fort’s four 12-pound cannons and lower-caliber guns, as well as learning the fort's slightly odd, somewhat hapless history.

Although the canons were never used as intended—to defend the island from invasion—one of the rusty guns exploded, killing a gunner during the firing of a celebratory salute marking the 1760 British takeover of Havana. Some 35 years later, the fort fired at a ship that officers mistook for a French privateer—and missed. These days, the cannons and guns are fired only to celebrate the birthdays of British kings and queens.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Montego Bay

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Really had a great time...
Mani_D, Jun 2022
The Heritage In Montego Bay
Really had a great time on this tour definitely worth the price. Got a chance to explore Montego Bay, learned about their culture and some popular attraction points.
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Had a great time....
SC_S, Jun 2022
The Heritage In Montego Bay
Had a great time. Reynaldo our tour guide really gave us great personal insights into the area, even stopped at a roadside stand to drink fresh coconut water. We enjoyed ourselves at Margartaville and Coral Cliff, also got some souvenirs at the Craft market.
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I enjoyed this tour....
Tasena_S, May 2022
The Heritage In Montego Bay
I enjoyed this tour. Reynaldo our tour guide was knowledgeable about the culture and attraction points which were so much fun! The whole tour was great and I would definitely recommend as I look forward to book again.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission is free.
  • Bring cash because you will be close to a lovely crafts market.
  • There are no on-site restaurants or bars, but Fort Montego is just a few minutes away from the many eateries along Gloucester Avenue.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because getting to the fort requires an uphill hike.
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How to Get There

Fort Montego is on Fort Street near the southern stretch of Gloucester Avenue known as the Hip Strip; it is easily accessible by taxi or on foot.

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When to Get There

Open year-round, the fort is accessible day and night.

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Invade the Fort, then the Crafts Market

After enjoying the fantastic coastal view, and before you check out bigger venues on the Hip Strip, visit the Old Fort Crafts Market located just behind the fort. This little market is a casual shopping experience, with local vendors selling handmade crafts and souvenirs. Small food stalls sell tasty bites and cold drinks.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Fort Montego?
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What else should I know about attractions in Montego Bay?
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