Fort Marlborough is situated on the southern shore at the mouth of Mahon Harbour close
to the cove of Sant Esteve.
Construction began immediately following the
British victory in 1710 and even before the Treaty of Utrecht was signed.
treaty which confirmed the British naval bases in Gibraltar as well as Menorca
giving Britain complete control of the Mediterranean.
The construction took 16 years to
complete and was considered a model of modern
engineering when it was built. Its semi-submerged construction, with entry only
by tunnel, ment it was well concealed and blended into the surrounding countryside.
It is named after Sir John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, an outstanding British General of the time. The decendants of his French enemies still remember him as 'Mambru'
in a popular children's songs.
This attraction is well worth a visit.
The tour takes about
45 minutes and gives an insight into civil and military life in 18th Century Menorca. Modern
technology has been introduced to provide visual depictions of the Spanish and French Seiges
it has endured.
May to October
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 13.00
and 17.00 to 20.00,
Sunday 10.00 to 13.00.