Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Saint Helena is notorious as the island of Napoleon's second and final exile. The house where he died is the main tourist attraction, along with the vertiginous 699-step Jacob's Ladder leading out of the capital, Jamestown.

The only access to the island is by private boat or the RMS ST Helena. Ascension Island, with a population of only 940, has an airport with occasional RAF flights from England. Fishing is the main attraction for visitors, although hiking is possible too, as on St Helena. Tristan da Cunha has only 270 people and is the most remote inhabited island in the world.

Place (Britain)

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha flag

Why you should go:

To climb Jacob's Ladder.

Why you shouldn't:

It's expensive to get there and it takes several days.

Map of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha