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Perched on the clifftop known as Castle Point, looking down over Fishguard Harbour, you’ll find the remains of Fishguard Fort, one of the top attractions in fishguard. The fort was built in the late 18th century after an attack on the but it proved vital just two decades later when the French tried to invade Fishguard.

Today, only ruins remain and several of the old canons which have been refurbished, you may see others dotted around the town too. There is an old bunker although you can’t enter this.

Getting to Fishguard Fort:

Walking: It’s possible to walk to Fishguard Fort in 20 minutes from the town centre.

Driving: There is free parking for Fishguard Fort just outside of Lower Town on the road towards Newport, West Wales. It is not marked on the map so I have dropped a pin on Google Maps here. The car park has room for around 15 cars depending upon how they are parked.

Public Transport: To visit Fishguard Fort by public transport, catch a bus heading towards Cardigan from the bus stop opposite the Fishguard tourist information office. Although the bus goes right past the fort, there is no bus stop so you will need to get off at Lower Town and walk up the hill.


How to Visit Fishguard Fort

To visit Fishguard Fort, head to the car park just off the A487, then follow the trail at the rear of the car park which leads down to the fort. The path is around 200m so should take you just 3 minutes or so.


What is There To See at Fishguard Fort?

At Fishguard Fort, there are the ruins of the old Fort where there was a single battery facing West. Four out of eight of the original cannons which have now been restored.

There’s also an old bunker that would have been an ammunition bunker where gun powder was stored. Unfortunately, you can’t go in here because there are bars preventing entry, but the photo below shows what is inside.


Visitor Information

How Much is Fishguard Fort?

There is no entry fee to visit Fishguard Fort. Parking is also free.

What Facilities Are At Fishguard Fort?

There is no visitor centre at Fishguard Fort which means there are no facilities such as a toilet or shop. The nearest public toilets are at Fishguard Square and West Street.

There is very little information about why the fort is there so I recommend reading the history section below before you go.

Is Fishguard Fort Dog Friendly?

Yes, Fishguard Fort is dog friendly but it is a public right of access so you should keep them under close control.

Is Fishguard Fort Suitable for Children?

Yes, Fishguard Fort is suitable for children, they will enjoy seeing the four cannons and wandering around the fort ruins. Most of the path to the fort is pram-friendly, however, there is a steep and uneven part just before the fort so you may wish to leave the pram here.

Is Fishguard Fort Accessible for Wheelchairs?

No, Fishguard Fort is not accessible. Although most of the pathway leading to the fort is suitable for wheelchair users, a short section by the entrance is steep and uneven so you would struggle to get the wheelchair up to the fort itself.


History of Fishguard Fort

In the 18th century, Fishguard had a thriving port but no defences. This inevitably lead to the town being held ransom in 1779 by Stephen Manhant1 (source: Pembrokeshire County Council).

At this time, America had declared independence, but it was not yet formally recognised by Britain. Stephen Manhant and his ship, Black Prince, had been commissioned by America to attack Britain.

To prevent future attacks, new defences would be required. Fishguard Fort was built in 1781.

Less than two decades after being built, the fort played an unexpected role in the Battle of Fishguard of 1797, also known as the last invasion of Great Britain.

During this battle, French invaders attempted to land in Fishguard harbour under a British flag. By their duty, the men at Fishguard Fort fired a single cannonball shot, expecting the ship to fire another in return. But, the French were unaware of this custom and it deterred them from landing at Fishguard, forcing them to land further up Strumble Head2 (source: M.E. James, The Fishguard Invasion by the French in 1797, 1892).

There were originally eight 9-pounder canons, although only four remain to see today3 (source: Coflein).


Related Questions

Who Owns Fishguard Fort?

Today, Fishguard Fort is owned by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority which is the public body responsible for making decisions about the national park and coastal path. The landmark is a public right of access.

Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.