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Jamaica Sights

Fort Charles

  • Military Site

Updated 03/09/2015

Fodor's Review

Built in 1662 and once the city's largest garrison, this is the oldest surviving structure from the British occupation. On the grounds you can find an old artillery storehouse, called Giddy House, which gained its name after being tilted by the earthquake of 1907. Locals say its slant makes you dizzy. The Fort Charles Maritime Museum is housed in what was once the headquarters for the British Royal Navy. Admiral Horatio Nelson served as a naval lieutenant here in 1779. The museum features a re-creation of Nelson's private quarters, as well as other artifacts from the era, including models of various sailing vessels. Fort Charles is located just past Norman Manley International Airport.

Sight Information


Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica



Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Daily 9–4:45

Updated 03/09/2015


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