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Blackbeard's Castle

1001 Blackbeard's Hill, Charlotte Amalie 00802, St. Thomas
340-776-1234
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: Once the 17th-century Fort Skytsborg, Blackbeard’s Castle was re-named for the pirate who frequently visited the island.
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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Ok, I admit that I only decided to visit Blackbeard's Castle after spotting it on a Cruise Events list while drifting through the Caribbean and having a few cocktails. I thought to myself: "A pirate castle? Awesome! I love pirates! Let's do that!" The fact that the castle is a small tower (see the picture) which takes less than a... More

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Atlanta
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This, like many other attractions and shops are closed if there are no cruise ships in port. If you are lucky enough to be able to go on such days try to time your visit after the cruise crowds have thinned out. Takes some detail planning.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We almost stayed at this property but wasn't very impressed with the accommodations; however, the castle as a whole and as an attraction was very interesting. It made me purchase literature to further my knowledge of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

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New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We anticipated *something* else, and we weren't terribly disappointed by what was actually there - but it is by no means a "castle." Nor is it Blackbeard's. It is instead a 2-level tower, albeit with an excellent view of Charlotte-Amalie's harbor. It was a short taxi ride from the cruise ship, not expensive ($5 each?). If you've got nothing else... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Long hot hike up 100 stairs, vendors try to sell liquid refreshments way too expensive, wear a hat and bring your own water.

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Southlake, TX
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited this attraction as part of a shore excursion on a recent cruise. As it turns out, this site is neither a castle, nor did Blackbeard ever live there. There is, however, a large statue of him there and the guide, who was dressed as a pirate, was a superb storyteller and made the visit worthwhile. I don't think... More

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

we are staying at the inn- and all things on the grounds are available too us! very nice relaxed atmosphere during what is considered the islands "slow season"

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Fremont, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The amber museum was very interesting and the views from the top of Blackbeard's castle were absolutely fabulous.

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Monroe, GA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Went to castle on a day there was no cruise ship in port to find they do not open if it is raining and there is no cruise ship in port. Do not care about all the other people there to see the castle.

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Arhus, Denmark
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I stayed there in late July 2014 where few guests were at the hotel. The hotel was quiet, had a breath-taking seaward view and a great restaurant. Besides, the hotel is located in the middle of a watch-tower from the age of Danish colonialism on the island, which provided an astonishing view as well. Highly advisable.

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