Ascension is a beautiful, isolated volcanic island situated in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean. Georgetown is the capital and gateway to discovering the island’s dramatic peaks, including the magnificent Green Mountain; picturesque bays; and gorgeous sandy beaches.
The island’s capital – named after King George III when Ascension was claimed and garrisoned by Britain in 1815 – might be a small settlement, but there are still a few interesting sites to discover including the Old Barracks; the historic Hayes and Thornton Forts; and an Anglican church – found in the heart of Georgetown. There’s even a Royal Mail Post Office.
The real attraction of Ascension however is its natural beauty; and Georgetown is the gateway to discovering the island’s most spectacular sights. Green Mountain National Park – home to island’s 859 metre-high tallest peak – is a unmissable wonderland of rolling, lush-green volcanic valleys and arid landscapes smothered with ash; while there are beautiful bays, natural lava caves and stunning active fumaroles to uncover if you're lucky enough to go ashore too. Hikes and treks are the best way to take in Ascension’s natural wonders; you might even see colonies of Sooty Terns as you explore. If you’d prefer to relax and enjoy the tropical climate, take you pick of the gorgeous golden sand beaches – Long Beach is one of the island’s best and within walking distance of Georgetown.
Ascension Island has the second largest nesting population of the green turtle in the entire Atlantic Ocean and the largest nesting population of any marine turtle species in all of the UK Overseas Territories. The population has been the subject of a long-term population monitoring programme spanning over 35 years.
The island is volcanic, and its lower slopes and western side are made up of volcanic ash with little vegetation. Green Mountain, which rises to a height of 2,818 feet at the centre of the island, is lush and green, definitely worth a visit.