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.  

Museums

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Assuming you like to learn about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in St. Johns. To read more information regarding each museum, just click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is found within 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 just outside 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.

Dockyard Museum: Exhibits at the Dockyard Museum include displays of ship models and tools, a collection of Admiral Nelson's personal items (including his famed telescope), and other naval items excavated from the area. The grounds also offer a well stocked gift shop and a research library.

The table directly below provides you with some details concerning the available museums in and around the area.

Museums In and Around St. Johns
Name Phone Location
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 discovering the historical roots of foreign countries? If yes, you might want to visit some of these historical sites during your time in St. Johns.

One popular destination is St. John's Cathedral. It is found in downtown St. John's. St. John's Cathedral is a historic Anglican church that watches over the island from a hilltop on St. John's. Though it was originally built in the 17th century, it remains in use to this day and serves as the seat of the Diocese of the North East Caribbean and Aruba.

Many travelers also choose to visit Fort James. It is situated in 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.

Take a moment to read this table to learn more about sites of historical interest in and around St. Johns.

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 enjoy some other worthwhile sites nearby.

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

Keep in mind that you'll find a nice selection of kinds attractions available. Take advantage of this article which is all about even more attractions if you want to find out more details.

 

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