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Fort James, St. John's
(3.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • As usual, we were trying to explore every road etc, Coming across the Fort was our first surprise, Driving in for free, was better still. I could hardly believe it when i saw all of the wonderful old ...  more »
  • We drove up here not really knowing what to expect and were greeted with a hulking old British coastal defence fortress. The fort is really as it was left when the British Military left it so one can ...  more »
  • Grab a cab and head out to see the old fort. 12 canons remain protecting the harbor. The place is in ruins, but, amazingly, the canons are in excellent condition. Spend some time and prowl around to g...  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.