Trip Planner: Caribbean / Antigua and Barbuda / Antigua / Saint John Parish / St. John's / Fort James
Built during the 18th century to guard the city from a possible French invasion, Fort James offers a glimpse into the past as well as sweeping views of the surrounding harbor. Although it was once armed with 36 cannons and a barracks accommodating 75 men, today the citadel has dwindled to a handful of cannons, a power magazine, the ruins of old buildings, and the foundation walls. Due to lack of maintenance, grass grows quite liberally throughout the grounds. Still, you can enjoy views over the bay and combine a visit here with a swim or stroll along the nearby beach. Use our St. John's trip planner to add Fort James and other attractions to your St. John's vacation plans.
Tours to Fort James
Fort James Reviews
This spot is a scenic spot but it definitely needs some attention with regards to upkeep and repair. The building was in complete ruins and the grounds were covered in high grass and not maintained. A... more »
Not much here. We did the horseback riding through the area. It was very enjoyable and the kind of cool to ride around this old fort area. more »
The fort itself of the Fort James area has been terribly neglected, and the ruins are degrading at a rapid pace. Still it's a place where it's historical significance can be realised, by observing the panoramic view from the site, and the weathering relics.
Fab views of the northern part of the island. Able to watch the cruise ships from here. Would have got five stars if it wasn't for the rubbish every where.
Places to stay near Fort James
Plan your trip to St. John's
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from St. John's
Hidden gems in St. John's
Shopping in St. John's
Nearby attractions in St. John's
Wildlife in St. John's
Plans to Fort James by other users
60 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS January, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Antigua and Barbuda BY A USER FROM BRAZIL May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium