O'Hara's Battery becomes visitor attraction

The Government has opened O'Hara's Battery as a visitor attraction yesterday. Like all other tourist attractions on the Upper Rock, O'Hara's Battery will be under the overall supervision of the Gibraltar Tourist Board but the daily operation and management has been licensed to Let's Go Limited as an extension of the licence to operate the Rock & Fortress WWII Tunnels visitor attraction, located at Hay's Level and Princess Caroline's Battery, on the Upper Rock.

The attraction will be open to all visitors to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve for a separate fee and will be directly accessible on foot or by taxi.

The attraction will provide spectacular views of the Strait and Africa southwards along with a unique view of the whole of the Gibraltar ridgeline northwards, all from the highest point accessible on The Rock.

The gun at O'Hara's Battery and the entire supporting infrastructure have been restored and cleaned. The gun is now interpreted so visitors will be able to see the sequence of the firing of the gun, traversing, elevating, the setting of the bearing and elevation, the hoists, the engine room to power the gun etc.

Photographs dating back to 1947 are dotted around the attraction to interpret the different functions of the gun and there is also a training film from that date continuously running on the site.

A complimentary bus transfer will run from the base of the access road to the Battery (not far from St. Michael's Cave) to take visitors to the attraction.

The cost of entry to the site is 3.50 per adult. Children 12 years old and under may enter for free when accompanied by an adult. Visitors must also be in possession of an entry ticket to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. The site will be open from 1000 to 1800 Monday to Saturday.

This magnificent example of Gibraltar's military history will not only include O'Hara's Battery but also Lord Airey's Battery, which is only a few metres North of O'Hara's Battery.

O'Hara's Battery is named after Gen. Charles O'Hara, Governor of Gibraltar from 1795-1802. The first 6" gun was mounted in 1890, but it was replaced in 1901 by a 9.2". It was last fired in 1976. Lord Airey's was named after Governor Gen. Richard Lord Airey.

Let's Go Ltd will be opening the site on an open house basis to all visitors on Saturday 5th June 2010.