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.
Located at the eastern edge of the City, with sweeping views across Hamilton and its Harbour lies, Fort Hamilton. It was built in 1870 by the British as the first line of defence for the City against any unprovoked attack. In reality, it never saw battle and no cannon was ever fired in defence from its ramparts.
Today the Fort has been transformed into a public park. With lush, manicured lawns and blooming flower beds, the Fort also boasts an enchanting dry moat garden with a pathway full of soaring bamboos, palms, palmettos, allspice trees and ferns. Ramparts with intact cannons stand at attention on the periphery of the Fort and visitors are free to explore all areas of the garrison including the numerous terraced gardens, underground passageways and dungeons.
From November to March, on Mondays at noon, members of the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band perform a traditional Skirling Ceremony featuring traditional Scottish bagpipes, drummers and dancers.
Public restrooms are available.
Fort Hamilton is open 365 days a year during daylight hours. Admission is free.
The Fort is available for rent. Those interested in renting the Fort for an event can contact the City for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barr’s Bay Park
Lying at the water’s edge of Hamilton Harbour is the idyllic Barr's Bay Park. 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 unrivalled 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 side, 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 77 people on the slave ship Enterprise, in 1835, bound for the US and in desperate need of supplies amidst inclement weather. The men, women and children who had been enslaved were offered their freedom and permitted to remain in Bermuda. All but one woman and her five children remained in Bermuda as freemen. Bermuda had abolished slavery the year before in 1834. The statue was unveiled in February 2010 on the 175th 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
Formerly known as Par-la-Ville Park, Queen Elizabeth Park lies steps from the idyllic Hamilton Harbour and is a haven of flora and fauna as well as the artwork. The park was renamed in 2012 to honour Queen Elizabeth II in celebration of her Silver Jubilee.
Originally the impressive gardens of Hamilton’s first postmaster, William Perot, the park lies adjacent to Par-la-Ville, Mr Perot’s impressive home in the 19th century, that now houses the Bermuda National Library and the Bermuda Historical Society Museum. At the Queen Street entrance to the park, visitors will pass the charming Perot Post Office, a listed building, not much changed since the days of Mr Perot, and which continues to operate as a post office today.
A stroll through the park will take visitors through meandering walkways flanked by an array of sculptures, donated by John and Nelga Young, and under the auspices of the Bermuda National Gallery. Full of endemic and introduced plants, the park is also home to a koi pond, a famed Bermuda moon gate and a multitude of nooks and crannies to peacefully enjoy. During the tourist season, visitors can enjoy Gombeys in the Park, a cultural celebration of dance by Bermuda’s renowned and colourful Gombey troupes, sponsored by the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Performances take place at midday on Saturdays, weather dependent.
The park is open daily, during daylight hours, and also has public restrooms and a hydration station.
Queen Elizabeth Park is under the remit of the City of Hamilton and is available to rent for events. Those interested in renting the park can contact the City for information at email@example.com.
Victoria Park is centrally located in the City of Hamilton, adjacent to the central Bus Terminal. Encompassing a city block, it is open daily to the public during daylight hours. Widely used as an entertainment venue for concerts and festivals, the park is a respite during the lunchtime hours for those looking for a serene place to enjoy lunch or to simply relax and take in the array of beautiful flowers and endemic plants and trees.
The main attraction in the park is a revered City landmark, a stunning bandstand erected in 1889 in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. In 2007, it was dismantled and sent back to Scotland for a full restoration, with the support of Butterfield Bank, and reinstalled in 2009 complete with a time capsule embedded in one of its columns, to be opened in 2109.
In its early days, this parcel of land was known as Dean’s Bottom in reference to the low lying, marshy tract of land first used as a recreational area by children attending a nearby school, established by Mr Alfred Dean. The parcel of land remained in a natural state until 1889 when the bandstand arrived from Scotland.
Public bathrooms and a hydration station are also located in the park.
The park is under the remit of the City of Hamilton and is available for rent. Those interested in renting the park for an event can contact the City for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A purpose-built recreational area was officially opened by the City of Hamilton in July 2009. The 2,500 square foot park is located on the corner of Church and Wesley Streets and is dedicated to the men and women who, in 1959, 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. It houses, When Voices Rise, a soaring bronze sculpture by Chesley Trott that pays homage to the brave protesters.
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.