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Fort James

Address: St. John's, Antigua
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Ranked #11 of 25 Attractions in St. John's
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: British fort built in the 17th century to protect the entrance of St. John's harbor.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Great view of sea, st jhon with its cruises in the harbour... is near and the road is decent, whitout rain a standar car is ok... the structure of building need maintance, very bad if this important place lost...

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Bath, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Free - overlooking lovely beach...not any real information but cannons and buildings ruins still in situ

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Having visited Fort Barrington, Fort James had to be done. The route there was fine. I was so impressed to see the cannons intact - it must have looked magnificent in its day. The views were brilliant but seeing as these forts were there to protect the fleet I guessed the views would be good. The ruins were as expected... More

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Visited Fort James today, spent about an hour there. The road is NOT as bad as some have said, it's pretty typical for a back road in Antigua, so don't be put off. View is spectacular and there are more cannons there than at any of the other forts on the island. Original buildings intact are largely limited to the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Loved the adventure of seeking out the fort to view the cannons. Disappointed when we arrived to find an event had taken place on the property. Trash and overturned porta-potties littered the area. The area appears neglected. The buildings are decaying. The row of cannons is impressive. This historical site needs some serious caretaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We took a trip off Sandals resort from 5-8pm with a lovely driver named Wall. We enjoyed the view at Fort James. The bartender at the Fort James bar was lovely and made a great rum punch. The sunset was spectacular. We walked back to the Sandals resort along some quiet beaches. I will definitely make a point to visit... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Have been going to Antigua a few years & missed this Fort. I love forts; doesn't have to have public bathrooms, gift shop, etc.; in fact this is the one I have to see my next trip because of all the negative comments. Litter comes & goes; this is history & still there!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place is awesome to visit!! We went and there were numerous cannons, still in great shape. The ruins of the fort is pretty amazing, as well. But the big downside was the sheer amount of trash and garbage everywhere! Inside the main building, there is graffiti covering the walls. Overall this is definitely worth seeing/enjoying.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Excellent views from this fort on the northern headland on the 2 mile bay. Started in 1704, but dating mainly from 1739. long ago it had 36 cannons with one firing daily at sunrise and sunset. Today 10 cannons remain in place. They weigh about 2 tons and can shoot a cannon ball about a mile and a half!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

On the last weekend of our trip we went down here to watch the sunset. We were told by locals it's one of the best views. Trust me driving up the the ruin was a bit bumpy because the road is kept as is I guess but once you make your way to the top you're greeted by a spectacular... More

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