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

If you like to become more aware of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name for full details.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is located in downtown St. John's. Exhibits at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda include models of sugar plantations and steam engines, paintings and prints of Antigua and Barbuda, and a display of precious island stones.

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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.

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 following table lists some key facts concerning some museums to consider 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

In case you like to experience the historical roots of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical sites during your vacation.

Many travelers choose to visit St. John's Cathedral. It is located in 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 common landmark for vacationers is Fort James. It is located 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 look through the following table for more information about historical sites 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 can explore some other interesting local landmarks 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 want to learn about a wider variety of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you should think about other possibilities. Follow this link to read our guide to other interesting attractions for St. Johns.


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