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Fort James, St. John's

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 140+ 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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  • Rode here on the horse back riding tour. It has some very beautiful views. We were unable to dismount and really walk around but didnt feel the need to go back and look either 
  • We stopped here on out Segway tour. 10 cannons intact from early 1800s. Views over the ocean for miles. Fun to visit old 18th century fort in casual settings. 
  • Love this area great sea glass to be found we had beers, lunch & enjoyed the water very quite few people there but we love it 
  • 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.
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