The City of Hamilton owns and operates numerous public parks and spaces within the City limits and proudly boast that pesticides are not used in any of the parks. These areas are open to the public and may be used for private functions. Click on terms and conditions to get information about renting a City park for private functions.
Situated on a hilltop on the eastern boundary of the City, Fort Hamilton boasts panoramic views and is an ideal venue for gazing at the Island’s spectacular sunsets.
Historically, a former British Garrison, the Fort was used as the headquarters for The Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps from the mid-1890s until the mid-1930s. The ensuing years have seen the dry moat surrounding the Fort developed into lush tropical gardens, accessed by a circuitous path.
Well worth the visit, Fort Hamilton and its manicured floral gardens and lawns include a refreshment concession and public convenience. The Fort has become an integral part of Hamilton’s parks and plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. The park is open from 8:00a.m. until sunset, 365 days of the year.
Barr’s Bay Park
Lying at the water’s edge of Hamilton Harbour. This relatively small park is a veritable jewel in the City’s crown. Barr’s Bay Park is ideal for a quiet picnic, from which there are unrivaled views over the yachting marina of the nearby yacht club.
There is ample seating at the water’s edge, as well as on the manicured lawns. Barr’s Bay Park is a short walk from the marine transportation hub of the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, and sits nestled on the lower western close to the heart of the City.
The park is also home to ‘We Arrive’, a statue created by Bermudian artist, Chesley Trott, to commemorate the arrival of 72 people on the slave ship Enterprise, in 1835. The men, women and children who had been enslaved were given their freedom and allowed to remain in Bermuda. The statue was unveiled in February 2010 on the175th anniversary of the ship’s arrival in Bermuda’s waters. In attendance at the unveiling were descendants of the people who were freed.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Easily recognized as Hamilton’s, and indeed Bermuda’s, premier public park, Queen Elizabeth Park contains a myriad assortment of floral displays as well as native and exotic trees. The serenity of a linked pair of pools stocked with jewel-like koi and goldfish can be enjoyed by all.
The park is wheelchair accessible and also affords entrance to the Bermuda National Library, the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, a historic property functioning as a full service post office and to a popular café.
The City of Hamilton partnered with the Bermuda National Gallery to develop an innovative display of public art, by creating The John H. Young and Hilda Young Sculpture Garden, inaugurated in March 2007. It contains several pieces of statuary and sculptures, displayed in what has been called a “museum without walls”. Queen Elizabeth Park is open every day of the year from 7:30a.m. until sunset.
Situated centrally on the northern side of the City, Victoria Park remained in a natural state until the late 1880s when a bandstand arrived from Scotland and a suitable location had to be found. It was at this time that Deane’s Bottom (a playground for the students of Alfred Deane's Springfield Academy) was transformed into a Victorian park.
The Bandstand was purchased by the Town of Hamilton to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 but was not installed until 1889. In 1897, ten years after Victoria’s golden jubilee, the Town of Hamilton became a city in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. The City of Hamilton’s first public park was, for many years, a fashionable meeting place where audiences could enjoy the music of military bands. The park was also a popular location for social and political groups to meet.
To commemorate Bermuda’s 400 years of continuous settlement on the Island in 2009, the bandstand was dismantled and shipped to a foundary in Scotland. Skilled laborers employed the same iron-casting techniques used by the original creators of the bandstand to restore it to its original glory. The bandstand was returned to Bermuda, installed and officially reopened during a ribbon cutting ceremony in May 2009.
A purpose-built recreational area was officially opened by the City of Hamilton in July 2009. The 2,500 sq. ft. park is located on the corner of Church and Wesley Streets and is dedicated to the men and women who with bravery, tenacity and a vision for a better Bermuda staged a peaceful theatre boycott and demanded equality, freedom and the end to racial segregation.
Located on the northeast edge of the city, Jubilee Park is an ideal location for area residents to enjoy the specially designed water feature and it provides a location for reflection and introspection.
The newest member to the City of Hamilton’s recreational areas was opened in June 2010. The space, located on Front Street beside the ferry terminal, was originally used as a parking area for motor cycles. Waterfront Square is fully accessible.
The area has become a place where cruise ship visitors, who alight from the ferry on their journey from Dockyard into Hamilton and beyond, pause for a snack and refreshing beverage. Likewise, residents sit and enjoy their lunch or take a break from the everyday hustle and bustle while allowing the tranquility of the unrivaled view to help reduce the stresses of the day.