The 3-story Pedro St. James is the oldest building on the Cayman Islands. The 18th-century stone and wood building known simply as “the castle” is now a living history museum that has been restored with exhibits that explore the history of English plantation farmer Pedro St. James, as well as the history of the Cayman Islands as a whole.
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
The Pedro St. James Historic Site is open daily and closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday. Be sure to stick around for the multisensory 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.