Things to do at Fort George review
Fort George is the mightiest artillery fortification in the UK, perhaps even in Europe. It was first built in the 18th century and is located near Ardersier in Inverness-shire, Scotland.
It was built to control the Scottish Highlands after the Jacobite rising of 1745. The current fortress has never been attacked and has remained in continuous use as a garrison. It took 22 years to build by which time the Jacobite threat had subsided. The fortification is based on a star design and is now open to visitors with exhibits and more, while it still serves as an army barracks.
At Fort George, you can walk around the main rampart that is more than 1km in length. In the Highlanders Museum, you can explore the fort’s history. In the Grand magazine, there is now a collection of weapons. This was originally designed to house 2,672 gunpowder barrels. You can see historic barrack rooms including a recreation of the soldier’s living conditions.
They have a chapel that you can visit, a dog cemetery, and if you’re lucky you might spot dolphins from the ramparts. There is a family-friendly fun fact-finding quiz that you can take around the site with you (this is available on site).
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FAQ and Further Information Fort George
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Museum based at a fortified fort with rampart walk, museum, recreated rooms, a quiz and more. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket costs £9, children 5-14 £5.50, under 5s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is parking.
When are they open?
Fort George is open for most of the year. They are closed on the 25th and 26th December,
1st and 2nd January and during adverse weather. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Assitance dogs are permitted throughout, pet dogs are welcome in outdoor areas.
Are they accessible?