Anguilla Landmarks

Anguilla's landmarks include a few historical buildings, and some architecture that will take your breath away

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Anguilla is more than resort hotels and beautiful beaches. There is a culture and a history on the island that tourists would be sorry if they missed out on. Learning about the island is as simple as visiting a few local landmarks.

Places of Worship

It is not the historical significance, or stories of martyrs that draws visitors to the churches of Anguilla. Instead, it is the architecture that attracts on-lookers. Many of the island's tourists don't seek out the churches, but once you notice one, you begin to take note of the others.

Attractions Map

The Bethel Methodist Church in Sandy Ground is an excellent example of Anguillan stonework, and the stained glass windows are a work of art. In The Valley, the three arches on the front of St. Gerard's Catholic Church, and the colorful collection of stonework that covers them are simply breathtaking.

Sombrero Lighthouse

Anguilla's Sombrero Island is home to the Sombrero Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built originally in 1868, but had to be rebuilt in 1962 after it was destroyed during Hurricane Donna. Sombrero Lighthouse is something of a national treasure, having consistently appeared on Anguilla stamps since the 1950s.

Museums

In case you like to become more aware of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Anguilla. You can click on the museum names to get full details.

One popular destination is Wallblake House. It is found within the Valley, in central Anguilla. Tour hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10:00 am - Noon.

Many travelers also choose to visit Heritage Collection Museum. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. The museum is open from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following chart has more information about some the available museums on the island.

Museums On Anguilla
Name Phone Location
Heritage Collection Museum (264) 235-7440 1.1 mi. North of Central East End
Wallblake House (264) 497-6613 The Valley, Central Anguilla

Historical Sites

Old Fort at Sandy Hill

Enjoy discovering the historical roots of foreign countries? If that's the case, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions during your vacation.

One popular destination is Old Factory. It is situated in the Valley, in central Anguilla. The Anguilla Tourist Office, and thus the Old Factory, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closing from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Another landmark worth visiting is Old Fort at Sandy Hill. It is found in eastern Anguilla. Overlooking Sandy Hill Bay, this old fort was the colonist and British took their final stand against an invading French Force in 1796. In the end, the French were defeated and thanks to "The Battle of Anguilla", the island remained part of the British Empire.

Warden's Place: Just like many of the Caribbean Islands, Anguilla depended, in part, on the sugar trade. Warden's Place was once a sugar plantation that was built in the 1790's.

Take some time to look through the following chart to see historical sites on Anguilla.

Historic Sites On Anguilla
Name Phone Location
Old Factory (264) 497-2759 The Valley, Central Anguilla
Old Fort at Sandy Hill -- 1.8 mi. South West of Central East End
Old Salt Factory and Pump House (264) 497-2711 Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla
Warden's Place (264) 497-2930 Central Anguilla

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers can discover some other worthwhile places to visit on Anguilla.

If the functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you should think about visiting Sombrero Lighthouse. Due to it's distance from Anguilla, on a secluded island, Sombrero Lighthouse is rarely visited. The island was once mined for it's phosphate supply, in the 1800s and now has been left to the birds.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Anguilla
Name Type Location Island
Sombrero Lighthouse Lighthouse 24.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Dog Island Anguilla

Needless to say, there are some other attraction types available too. Click here to find our article concerning other interesting attractions for Anguilla.

 

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