Landmarks on St. John's

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The largest settlement on the island and the center of government functions, St. John's has seen history being made every day since it was founded.  Today, tourists can learn about the area's history and culture by visiting the most important museum on the island, as well as touring the government buildings for insight into what is important to Antigua's people.  


The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Assuming you enjoy learning about other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in St. Johns. To obtain complete information regarding each museum, try clicking on the name.

One popular destination is The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is situated in downtown St. John's. Puruse this museum and discover the fascinating history of Antigua, from before European settlements to cultural experiences today. It may provide you with a new lens with which to view this tropical paradise.

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A second choice is Betty's Hope. It's a museum near St. Johns. Betty's Hope is an old sugar plantation on a gorgeous property with curved hills. Enjoy a tour of the area and the museum which details the fascinating history of the plantation, the mill and the owners.

Admiral House: Featuring the history of the area's maritime history, the Admiral House welcomes any visitor interested in naval, British, colonial, or just general history. Visitors will gain an insight as to the importance of the dockyard for Antigua as well as how similar dockyards shaped the Caribbean as a whole.

The chart right below offers more information about the available museums in and around the area.

Museums In and Around St. Johns
Name Phone Location
Admiral House (268) 481-5021 English Harbour, 9.3 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
Betty's Hope (268) 462-1469 7.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. Johns
Dockyard Museum (268) 460-1379 English Harbour, 9.4 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
National Hero's Park -- 1.9 mi. East of Central St. Johns
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda (268) 462-1469 Downtown St. John's

Historical Sites

St. John's Cathedral

Like learning some of the history of the places you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions while vacationing in St. Johns.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is St. John's Cathedral. It is found within downtown St. John's. A wide collection of historic religious pieces are housed at St. John's Cathedral, each with a story to tell. Some such items include two large silver chalises circa the 17th century, six silver-plated Alms plates from 1839, countless historic crosses in numerous materials, and more.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort James. It is found within western St. Johns. Once of the earlier British forts on the island, Fort James was constructed in 1706 in fear of an eventual French invasion. Till this day it stands guard in front of St. John's Harbor, though now mainly as a tourist attraction.

Old Sugar Mill Ruins: As one of the many sugar mills built in Antigua, mills like the Old Sugar Mill Ruins served as the backbone of the early Antigua economy. Built in 1674, this building is now well over 300 years old.

Check this table for more information on sites of historical interest in and around the area.

Historic Sites In and Around St. Johns
Name Phone Location
Fort Barrington -- Five Islands, 2.9 mi. West of Central St. Johns
Fort James -- 1.5 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown St. John's
Greencastle Hill Park -- 3.2 mi. South of Central St. Johns
Nelson's Ruins Northeast -- English Harbour, 9.3 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
Nelson's Ruins West -- English Harbour, 9.3 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
Old Sugar Factory -- 3.0 mi. East of Central St. Johns
Old Sugar Mill Ruins -- Cassada Gardens, 1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Johns
St. John's Cathedral (268) 462-0820 Downtown St. John's
Sweets Windmill Ruins -- 4.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central St. Johns

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Guests may experience some other worthwhile sites to visit close to St. Johns.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near St. Johns
Name Type Location Island
Stanford Cricket Ground Attraction 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Johns Antigua

If you are looking for more attractions beyond this category, you might want to expand your planning horizon. To read about other other attractions for St. Johns, click here.


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