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Fort James

St. John's, Antigua
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Ranked #7 of 28 attractions in St. John's
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: British fort built in the 17th century to protect the entrance of St. John's harbor.
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Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

If you go to Fort James go in the evening on a Sunday, take some pictures and then head out to Shirley Heights. Amazing party with live steel pan drums. If you want to get a real feel for the authentic food and culture of antigua, you have to go to the Shirley heights Sunday night party. The view is... More

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Westminster
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We walked from Sandals Grande Antigua to the Fort James site. The walk was pleasant and only took about 45 minutes or so, mostly following the beach. We saw the fort in the distance and were looking forward to inspecting the grounds and learning the history. What a shock to see the total disrepair of the buildings and the grounds... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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3 reviews 3 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Great food, great drinks, great view, especially at sunset. Order an "old" rum punch. You won't be disappointed.

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Clear Lake City, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Very nice visit to the fort. Real cannons with etched in writing of the times. It overlooks the harbor with beautiful views of the ocean. There is also a beach down the road where you just drive up to the edge of the sand. Very relaxed atmosphere. If you have a rental car, beware there are a lot of dirt/sandy... More

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Westminster, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We walked to Fort James from Sandals. It was a very pleasant walk. There is not much to see at the actual Fort, though.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

this was great if you love to learn about the history of a country our guild was very well spoken and enjoyed her stories of the Island

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