Plantation House, Jamestown

Government Building · Tourist Spot
See the legacy of the East India Company at Plantation House. Dating back to 1971, the residence served as a summer home for the island’s Governor, who ruled the island until 1834 when it was established as a colony of the English Crown. With the exception of the appointed official who still uses the residence, the lavish manor is unused, although it houses one of the oldest living tortoises of the world. The tortoise is thought to be over 180 years old, and he resides alongside five other giant tortoises. Using our international travel planner, Jamestown attractions like Plantation House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • On the huge backyard of this Plantation House lives Jonathan, the 188 years old Giant Tortoise.We were lucky to see him on the ground very close to the fence.  more »
  • we did not get into the house, but the grounds were lovely with spectacular views over the island. There were 3 giant tortoises in the grounds, including Jonathan, reckoned to be almost 200 years...  more »
  • It might not be so straightforward getting the advertised tour of Plantation House on Tuesday or Thursday morning, as there needs to be at least 3 people for it to go ahead and there was just me...  more »
  • The opportunity to see the oldest animal in the world with a top-notch house tour by the wonderful Debbie - well worth a visit!
  • Very beautiful mansion with a lot of history. I didn't manage to visit the inside, but from the garden it looks interesting. The old turtle seems to have a right leg problem, but it is almost 200 years old. Recommended place to visit for those interested in history of Saint Helena.
  • Help me please i have found Napoleon in my backyard. What i have to do?
  • The Governor's house. I saw Jonathan the tortoise and his 2 friends. On the other side the local people were busy working in their vegetable gardens. The vegetables are destined for the market in Jamestown on Thursdays. Also visited the slave graves. It was like entering a deep secret very beautiful wood. Beautiful trees and lush vegetation. One of the only 2 tennis courts on the island is at Plantation House.
  • Had an amazing tour of the house and gardens. Thanx to Debbie for a very informative guild. With coffee and cake included.

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