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The 7 Wonders of St Helena

We might be small but our island features a number of natural attractions, holds the weight of an impressive history and boasts breathtaking scenery. Together these elements form the 7 wonders of St Helena, 7 reasons for why you should come to visit one day!

Conquer Jacob’s Ladder 
Are you ready to walk up the 699 steps of Jacob’s Ladder? This landmark of the island’s capital, Jamestown, was built in 1832 and stretches 900ft high! If you conquer the ladder then grab yourself a certificate from the Museum of St Helena.

Jacobs Ladder (c) St Helena Tourism

 

Napoleon’s last residence at Longwood House
Longwood House was Napoleon’s home during the last years of his life. He took up residence at Longwood House on 10th December 1815 and died six years later while still a prisoner on the island.  Today it is a museum owned by the French Government and, featuring exhibits including his death mask, portraits and original furniture. It’s arguably the best Napoleonic Museum in the world.

Longwood House

 

Napoleon’s Tomb
Napoleon’s Tomb in Geranium Valley/ Sane Valley is where the great commander chose for his final resting place in 1821. He came across Sane Valley on one of his walks and was delighted with the peaceful landscapes. In 1840, his body was returned to France and placed in the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.

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Oldest Anglican Church in the Southern Hemisphere, St James’ Church
St Helena has the oldest Anglican Church in the Southern Hemisphere dating from 1774. This beautiful church is a prominent feature in Jamestown. A visit inside will reveals plaques and tablets depicting the fascinating history of the island.

St James 3

 

Aim high in Diana’s Peak National Park
Diana’s Peak is the highest point on St Helena, being an impressive 823m above sea level. The National Park is home to exotic flora and fauna, including many endemic species and dense tree fern thickets.

Peak

 

St Helena’s Heart-shaped Waterfall
A romantic natural wonder, the Heart-shaped Waterfall is an iconic landmark where water cascades through the middle of a heart shaped cliff face.

Heart Shaped Waterfall 2 - please credit Gavin George

 

High Knoll Fort
Built in 1790 as a redoubt for the island population in the event of an invasion, High Knoll Fort features a perfect view across St Helena. High Knoll has a dry moat and drawbridge, with signs of a portcullis, storehouses, tower and embrasures with slit walls.

Fort

And here’s a little extra ‘8th wonder’ for you…

Jonathan the tortoise
One of the oldest living reptiles on the planet, having been born in circa 1832! He currently resides in the gardens at Plantation House. Some say that he was on the island at the same time as Napoleon.

 Tortoise at Plantation2

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