Pedro St. James Castle
The house was built by slaves from Jamaica in 1780 for a wealthy Englishman as part of a plantation. The building, with 18-inch-thick walls, has withstood hurricanes, vandals, and fires. It also served as the meeting place of the first elected parliament. Book a direct tour to learn more history of the building and its occupants—entry includes a 3–D movie and guided tour. Or, visit as part of a more comprehensive Grand Cayman tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
Pedro St. James Historic Site offers a historic overview of Grand Cayman.
Admission includes a 3–D movie, as well as a guided or self-guided tour.
Visitors can take in panoramic views from the property’s gazebo.
An on-site bar, the Outpost Bar and Grill, offers rum tastings.
There is an on-site gift shop.
How to Get There
The castle is located on Pedro Castle Road in the Savannah countryside on the Cayman Islands. It’s about 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) east of George Town. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or rental car. Parking is available on-site.
When to Get There
Pedro St. James Castle is open daily and closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday. Be sure to stick around for the multi-sensory 3–D movie, shown on the hour from 10am–4pm.
Hurricane Ivan’s Impact
When Hurricane Ivan, a category 5 hurricane, touched ground on Sept. 12, 2004, it caused widespread devastation on the Cayman Islands, including to Pedro Castle and grounds. Repair following the storm cost an estimated $1.4 million. There is an on-site memorial that honors the resilience of the Caymanian people.
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