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Fort James, St. John's

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
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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TripAdvisor
  • In the past this fort commanded a great position guarding the harbour, now it offer history combined with fabulous views.  more »
  • We could not believe this little gem, no payment to go in, all the guns from Admiral Nelson's time on the island, still on show. You need a hat and a bottle of water with you. Millers bar just up the ...  more »
  • Walking through the ruins of this historic fort made me realize that our forefathers made tremendous efforts to protect our harbors from intruders. I was however appalled at the state of disrepair and...  more »
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  • A public beach that offers the life guard services, restaurants and public restrooms! Beach Limerz restaurant bistro offers a Caribbean fused menu that encompasses the globe, staff and service is some of the best you will ever experience!!
  • Beautiful beach
  • 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.
  • Historical site