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Top 10 Places to visit on St Helena

These are top places you have to visit on St Helena!


St Helena Diana Peak cloud forest

Visit Diana’s Peak National Park

Also sometimes called the cloud forest, Diana’s Peak is is highest place on our island.  It offers stunning views across the St Helena.  Primarily an area for natural wildlife, 393 invertebrate species which have been recorded on the Central Peaks, 217 of which exist only in St. Helena, representing more than half of the total number of species across the whole Island.  The National Park is made up of 3 summits – Diana’s Peak, Cuckold Point and Mount Actaeon.  All of which you can walk to quite easily.

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heartshaped waterfall st helena

Walk Heartshaped Waterfall

One of the 7 Wonders of St. Helena.  This is the most loved waterfall on St Helena, it runs mostly in the winter and early spring, fed by the winter rains. In summer it is frequently dry.  Owned by the St Helena National Trust, you can enjoy a pleasant afternoon stroll from Jamestown, under the shade of some trees and refreshing breeze at the end by the waterfall.

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St james church st helena

Step inside St James Church

The oldest Anglican Church in the southern hemisphere.  St James Church was founded in 1674.  A wonderful church in which you can step back into history.

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Longwood house

Visit Longwood House

One of the 7 Wonders of St. Helena, Longwood House was the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, during his exile on St. Helena from 10th December 1815 until his death on 5th May 1821. Situated in the district of Longwood, it offers a fantastic Museum, gardens and is a most peaceful and beautiful place to visit.

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Napoleon St Helena

Visit Napoleon’s Tomb

The final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon’s Tomb is in the Valley of the Willows, now called Sane Valley.  A peaceful valley it is a quite reflective place to visit.

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high knoll fort st helena

Visit High Knoll Fort

The current fort was built by the Royal Engineers in 1874, but this structure incorporated an earlier fort on the site built in around 1790.  High Knoll Fort stands 584 metres (1,916 ft) above sea level and is the largest, most prominent and most complete of the forts and military installations on the island. As a Grade I Listed building and is one of the 7 Wonders of St. Helena it offers stunning views across St Helena.

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St Helena Island James bay

Walk Jamestown

The capital of St Helena, Jamestown is where ships and yachts land when visiting.  Where most of the islands shopping is done, and where most people work.  There are some excellent examples of British Georgian-era colonial architecture, having been largely un-modernised, and has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A pleasure stroll through Jamestown is a must.

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Millennium Forest st helena

Walk around The Millennium Forest

The Millennium Forest is a project in the North-Eastern corner of St. Helena to recreate the Great Wood that existed before colonisation.  Virtually every resident paid for a tree and many of them planted their trees themselves during the first phase of the project – about 3,000 trees.  By 2012, about 35 hectares have been planted with 10,000 trees. The total land area designated for reforestation has been extended in the course of the last thirteen years and is now 250 hectares and the reforestation work now in hand is the toughest phase of the entire cycle of events.

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museum of st helena

Explore the Museum of St Helena

The museum is managed by the Saint Helena Heritage Society. Housed in a late-18th-century stone building, formerly the old power station, at the foot Jacob’s Ladder, in lower Jamestown. It offers a complete and fantasising insight into the very long history of St Helena.  Covers over 500+ years of history about the Island.

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plantation house st helena

Visit Plantation House

Plantation House is the home of the Governor of St Helena. Built in 1791-2 by the East India Company, the present area of the estate is about 120 acres.  Living at Plantation House is possibly the world’s oldest living animal, a Giant Tortoise named Jonathan, resides in the grounds, together with at least five others.

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