The island has two museums.
Longwood House, Napoleon's home during the last years of his
life has exhibits which make it the best Napoleonic museum
in the world.
The island's own excellent
museum is managed by the Heritage Society. This museum is situated in Jamestown.
It is the island's only town and retains many of the Georgian
buildings built in the heyday of sailing ships. This museum
overlooks the harbour where the East India Company’s ships
anchored to rest their crews and take on fresh provisions.
St Helena was a welcome port of call after many months at
sea on the return voyage from India.
There are two National Parks.
One helps protect some of the rare flora on the central ridges.
Several of these species can only be found on St Helena. The
second, at Sandy Bay on the southern coast, protects further
rare native species and the spectacular geological structures
which are a legacy of St Helena’s volcanic origins. Spectacular
and beautiful landscapes are everywhere on St Helena, as the
photographs on this website will
testify. Both National Parks and several of the Protected
Areas offer unique and idyllic landscapes for walking and
Surveys and assessments
of possible airport construction on the island have been made
and are continuing. At present, the only way to visit the
island is by the island's own ship. The Royal Mail Ship St
Helena can be boarded at Cape Town, Walvis Bay or Ascension
Island. Andrew Weir Shipping - www.aws.co.uk
operates this ship for The St Helena Line.
Details on hotels and
self-catering accommodation together with other visitor information
can be found at www..discoveroursecret.co.sh.