Does anyone know anything about this company, Blackbeardscastle.com? They offer historic downtown walking tours starting at Blackbeard's Castle and hitting the colonial-era highlights. This is the kind of tour I am interested in. If you know anything about them and would recommend them or not, I'd appreciate it.
Hi, Thoth! I've emailed Blackbeard's Castle Tours, but haven't heard anything from them yet. I"ve seen some people mention on different boards that the the castle wasn't that interesting, but I study 18th c. literature and the Caribbean is a very big topic during that time period. I hope the Blackbeard Castle tour people get back to me and that their tour guides can say more than the obvious.
When I did a similar excursion through Princess, it was something I couldn't have done myself. They basically drove us downtown and dropped us off down at a park and we were to meet back in a few hours. Then they drove us up to blackbeards. That is a self guided tour! After that you're on your own. I walked down 99 steps back into town and walked back to the ship.
That sounded pretty lousy and I bet it cost a lot more than it was worth since it was through the cruiseline . That's why I contacted Blackbeard'scastle.com, to see if they gave a better more in-depth tour than I'd get through the cruise's excursions.
We did Blackbeards on our own last year. Walked up the 99 steps(it really is a big hike), went up the tower (great veiw of the harbour), toured the colonial buildings(very intresting) & then walked back down. Really not worth spending any cash on at all. Save that for the great shopping !! The most intresting thing up there is the statues of pirates. Have a great time....Gaye
I don't know about Blackbeards tours but I found a self-guided tour on the following website. We are going to try it when we go in late Sep. It seems pretty detailed although it won't beat a really good tour guide. The site is http://www.vinow.com/stthomas/attractions_stt/index.php
Under the main heading is a link to historical 1 and historical 2.