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Jamestown (Saint Helena)

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Jamestown is the capital and main town of Saint Helena. It is located in a narrow valley between steep 500 ft (150 m) cliffs.

Get in

All visitors to Saint Helena arrive at "The Wharf" in Jamestown.

Get around

There is pretty much only a single road about one mile long.


  • Jacob's Ladder was built in 1829 with 699 steps to help Jamestown haul ammunition up to the post on Ladder Hill, and is still in use today. It is over 900 feet long and has a vertical drop of about 600 ft ( m) with a slope in places of about 45 degrees. Tourists come from all over the world each year to a "run".
  • Broadway House is an 18th century building that contains the island's museum (open M-F 8:30AM-4PM).


Make sure you take Basil George's walking tour of the town - everyone raves about it.




  • Moonbeams, Napoleon Street (Top of Main Street), (+290) 2944, [1]. 09:00-17:00. Souvenirs, gifts, cards, and much more ... see the website for details


  • Anne's Place, Castle Gardens. Tuna is the main fish of the island, and Anne is famous for her fish cakes, another island specialty.
  • The Coffee Shop located in the Leisure Park just outside the city gates is a great place to sit at a picnic table and enjoy a latte and some cake.
  • Cyril's Fast Food is just next to the arch in the city walls.
  • Orange Tree Oriental Restaurant is located in Association House
  • Sally's Sandwich Bar is in the basement of Association House.


  • Standard Pub
  • White Horse Pub


  • Consulate Hotel
  • Donny's Bar.
  • The Standard.
  • Wellington House


For Police Emergencies call 999.

Stay safe

Summer heat provides the only common safety issue. Take a bottle of water if climbing Jacob's Ladder or doing a walking tour. Plan in advance as 24-hour shops do not exist and little is open on a Sunday.

Violent crime is almost unknown throughout St. Helena.

Traffic is limited to 20mp in the entire Jamestown area, so road accidents are also rare and rarely cause injuries.

There are no poisinous snakes on St. Helena.

Scorpions exist in Jamestown. They are rarely seen by residents but should be avoided.

Rockfalls can occur, due to the steep sided valley in which Jamestown sits. A catch-fencing scheme has been implemented but is not expected to stop all rockfalls. No practicable avoidance measures are possible.


Get out

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