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Monument of the Month: Fishguard Fort

Join Community Archaeologist Delun Gibby for a virtual tour of the National Park’s many marvellous monuments. Next to be featured is Fishguard Fort.

Fishguard Fort was built between 1781 and 1785 to protect the old harbour and is one of the few pre-Second World War coastal defences to have been called into action.

Fishguard Fort
Fishguard Fort viewed from the path above.

Most famously, it managed to ward off the French forces during the ‘Last Invasion of Britain’ in 1797 with a single cannon ball, forcing them to land further north at Carregwastad Point near Strumble Head.

 Today at Fishgaurd Fort there are four cannons to be seen, but originally there would have been eight.
Today there are four cannons to be seen, but originally there would have been eight.​

The fort is located at the top of the hill north of Lower Town Fishguard towards Newport. There is a convenient car park from which the fort is only a short walk. The path includes a viewpoint which is accessible to wheelchair users. The fort boasts wonderful views of Fishguard Harbour and Goodwick as well as the coastline north towards Dinas.

Visit the Land of Legends section to learn more about the story behind the ‘Last Invasion’ including the legend of local heroine Jemima Nicholas.

Monument of the Month
Published 10/01/2018


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