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Pedro St. James National Historic Site

Savannah, Grand Cayman
345-947-3329
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Ranked #20 of 112 Attractions in Grand Cayman
Type: Historic Sites, Government Buildings, Gardens, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, History Museums
Activities: Walking
Description: Oldest building in the Caymans, this "castle" is now a museum.
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English first
MN
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163 reviews 163 reviews
68 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was a very worthwhile outing during our stay on Grand Cayman. The site is well-preserved and the staff is very informative about the history of the island as well as the first settlers to this beautiful island.

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Montreal, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This,in my opinion, is probably the most underestimated grand cayman attraction. Lost amidst the diving expeditions and dolphin swims and other tourist traps is this great gem. Kids under 12 are free so it cost our family of five 20$. My youngest is 6 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The guide is really well read and the movie presentation is very... More

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was very interesting, we learnt so much about the island, the staff were wonderful, so informative & the grounds & house were so beautiful & well kept. Very pretty & worth a visit.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Pedro St. James is Grand Cayman's National Historic Site - the birthplace of democracy in the CIs. Don't get expectations too high and it will be thoroughly enjoyable. It's an historically accurate reconstruction with period furniture and several outbuildings. The tour begins with a somewhat hokey movie/video production that explains the history of the house, complete with "mist" from the... More

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San Diego, CA
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We did a quick visit to Pedro St James and it was great. The guide was knowledgeable (I think he may be a descendant of the family) and told us about the history and restoration of the building. This is where the Caymanian government started! Fascinating recent history too.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

it was great to hear about the history of the island while standing where it happened. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Interesting tour and history of the island! It begins with some background from a tour guide (our tour guide was actually a descendant of the people that use to live in the house) and then is followed by video narrative. After the video you are free to walk around the house and the grounds which are beautiful!

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Port Orchard, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We spent two weeks on the east end mostly diving, we took one day off and went to some different sights. This is worth the time if you are interested at all in the history of Grand Cayman.

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Lexington, KY
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Try to arrive near the top of the hour, so you can start with the 20 minute multi-dimensional film/show. Then you'll tour the house and grounds. Friendly staff, beautiful views. Plan to spend 1-1.5 hrs.

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atlanta,ga
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Pedro St. James National Historic Site is a must see while you're in Grand Cayman. The historical essence captured and preserved here is amazing! The grounds are immaculate and the view of the Caribbean Sea is breathtaking! The gift shop has wonderful items and the prices are beyond reasonable.

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