There are two main groups of historic fabric on St Helena, the military and the civilian. It should be recognised that evidence from both, may be found over most of the island.


A full range of 18th century English colonial plantation and urban Georgian buildings feature on the island.  The capital, Jamestown, has the atmosphere of a small English country village.  It has a tightly packed row of colourfully-painted houses on both sides of Grand Parade and Main Street. The view of these streets from the top of Jacob’s Ladder and the views of the ladder itself, from its top or bottom, are awesome.


Not forgetting the fortresses, shipwrecks, cemeteries and monuments, all holding a wealth of historical interest.