Historical Sites and Attractions
A sprawling 18th century fort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Fort King George is one of Tobago’s most well-preserved historical sites.
It features carefully restored remnants, including the officers’ barracks, gunpowder magazine, prison cells and a bell tank.
The fort’s original cannons are positioned just as they were hundreds of years ago. The well-manicured grounds are a popular location for weddings, photo shoots and family picnics. (Directions)
Location: Studley Park
Perched atop a steep cliff, Fort Granby was once a bastion built by the British to defend Tobago’s first capital of Georgetown.
Today, the lone grave of a fallen soldier is the only evidence that this military base existed. While little remains in terms of historical context, visitors can take in spectacular views of the coast, capture stunning photographs, and utilize the beach bar and children’s play area.
Cleverly positioned cannons point to stunning panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea at Fort James.
Named after the Duke of Courland, Jacobus, the oldest fort in Tobago was once besieged by revolting slaves and destroyed by the French in the 18th century.
Today, it’s a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike, using these peaceful grounds for a variety of occasions, including weddings, photo shoots and wholesome family fun.
Location: Crown Point
Erected by the British in the 18th century, Fort Milford served as a picket post for the British army until Tobago fell to the French in 1781.
It was rebuilt by the British in the early 19th century but today, six cannons are the only proof that Fort Milford once helped fortify the island.
With its well-manicured gardens and strategic vantage point, it is now the ideal destination for those seeking solitude, spectacular sea views and stunning sunsets.
Location: Black Rock
With sweeping views of Tobago’s west coast, it is no wonder this cliff in Black Rock was selected as a strategic military post by the Courlanders in the 17th century. Manned by the Tobago Militia and trusted slaves, two cannon batteries are among the few remnants of the fort still in existence today.
Fortunately, Fort Bennett delivers more than just historical appeal, and it is the perfect place to escape and unwind, with benches and a charming gazebo. It’s no wonder this site is a favorite location for weddings, photo shoots and romantic strolls.
One can find solace in the bustle of Scarborough by visiting the Botanical Gardens. Featuring a diversity of shrubbery and trees with lovely ocean views, this mecca for flora was formerly part of a sugar estate and was established by the British in 1888
A two gun battery overlooking Man O’ War Bay, Cambleton Battery was constructed by the British to protect its ships from American privateers during the American War of Independence. Now, this modest but perfectly manicured site serves as a tranquil and scenic road trip rest stop with a gorgeous gazebo and stunning views of the village of Charlotteville and Hermitage Bay.
This vantage point served as a look out, radio tower and radar tracking station, established by the American forces during World War II to monitor the movements of German boats in the Caribbean Sea. Originally part of an old sugar estate called the Observatory, it’s a great spot to watch the birds circling off St Giles, have a picnic or view romantic sunset.
Relics from an old sugar estate nestled in the coastal village of Speyside, this site housed one of the most lucrative sugar estates from the 1800’s. Step into the stone wall picture frames and capture the moment with a loved one.
Designed by a Couronian in exile, this monument pays homage to the ancestors of the Latvians who occupied Tobago centuries ago. Today, they still visit periodically to celebrate the rich history and connection with the island. The site and story engraved there serves as an inspiration to passersby
The mystery tomb of Betty Stiven and her unborn baby built in 1783, remains one of the oldest lore on the island. The mystifying inscription on the tomb was formed on the theory of forbidden love between Betty a female slave and a European slave master. Visit Betty’s grave and attempt to solve the riddle.