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Fort James, St. John's

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Built during the 18th century to guard the city from a possible French invasion, Fort James offers a glimpse into the past as well as sweeping views of the surrounding harbor. Although it was once armed with 36 cannons and a barracks accommodating 75 men, today the citadel has dwindled to a handful of cannons, a power magazine, the ruins of old buildings, and the foundation walls. Due to lack of maintenance, grass grows quite liberally throughout the grounds. Still, you can enjoy views over the bay and combine a visit here with a swim or stroll along the nearby beach. Add Fort James and other attractions to your St. John's trip itinerary using our St. John's vacation route planner.
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  • Walking the hallowed grounds of this old fort takes one back in time. The vistas are fantastic and the photo ops legendary! Walking involved and the grounds are not well groomed so watch your step.  more »
  • We visited this Fort by taxi as we had hired one for the day. The Fort was very interesting with all the cannons and the views were stunning. The actual fort building were just ruins and sadly there w...  more »
  • Visited Fort James Beach 2 or 3 times whilst I was there. The Beach is beautiful, the fort at the end is an interesting bit of history, 15 minutes will see all of it, shame there wasn't much informati...  more »
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  • Antiguans are not mantaining the ruins of this fort and it is falling apart. It is amazing though, the good state of the canyons. A lot of history lost in this fortification
  • Easily accessible (we drove straight up and in) and ample places to park. The ruins have an eerie but tranquil atmosphere and lots to see (views, buildings, cannons) and explore. Free to enter and park.
  • Great scenery, wonderful for sunsets.
  • Free, wild, enjoyable hike!
  • Fort James near St. John's, Antigua, dates from 1739. Admission is free.