O’Hara’s Battery is situated at the highest peak of the Rock of Gibraltar, and stands as a historic fortification that serves as a reminder of the territory’s military past. This popular Gibraltar Attraction was named after General Charles O’Hara, who served in the American Revolutionary War and later became Governor of Gibraltar between 1795 and 1802, and also played a significant role in Gibraltar’s defence during the late 18th century, the battery offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the strategic importance of Gibraltar throughout its history.
O’Hara’s Battery was constructed in the late 19th century, and designed to provide a crucial line of defence against potential enemy attacks from the sea. Its strategic location on the western side of the rock afforded panoramic views of the Straits of Gibraltar making it an ideal advantage point for monitoring and repelling any hostile naval forces.
The battery’s primary armament consisted of massive coastal artillery guns, which were capable of striking targets at a distance of up to 16 miles (26 km), meaning it could well bring down any target close to the African coast which is only 14 miles (22km) away. These guns were state-of-the-art for their time and played a vital role in Gibraltar’s defence strategy.
The battery’s design incorporated a series of underground chambers that housed ammunition stores, gunpowder, and living quarters for the soldiers manning the battery. This underground infrastructure ensured the safe storage of munitions and provided protection for personnel during times of conflict.
Today, O’Hara’s Battery stands as a popular tourist Gibraltar Attraction, offering visitors a chance to explore the historic fortification and learn about its military significance. GTA Guided tours in Gibraltar provide insight into the battery’s history, its role in Gibraltar’s defence, and the stories of the soldiers who served there. This site is only included in one of our Extended Gibraltar Tour or Open Gibraltar Tour Package, or alternatively it can be included in one of our Customised Tour of Gibraltar packages which can be designed as per your likes and needs.
Day visitors, cruise passengers or anyone coming to spend a day in Gibraltar and is looking for things to do in GIbraltar, can access this Gibraltar attraction as it is completely accessible to the public since May 2010, providing visitors to experience its imposing architecture and gain a sense of the challenges faced by the soldiers stationed there. From the highest peak of the Rock of Gibraltar, we can admire breathtaking views of the Straits of Gibraltar and the surrounding area.
The accessibility to this Gibraltar attraction is suitable for most people as our Tour Guides will be able to drive you almost to the entrance of this location. Perhaps just a few metres uphill walking, but if you would like to have more detailed information, please get in contact with us via email, and we will give you as much information as you can.