Landmarks in Basseterre

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There are plenty of historical and cultural landmarks to be seen in Basseterre, and most can be seen on foot.  If you start at the Pier, within an hour you'll be able to see the area's highlights which include Independence Square, several government buildings, a historic home, and two churches which are known both for their historical and architectural significance. 

Museums

National Museum

In case you like to become more aware of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Basseterre. To see more information about each museum, click on the name.

One popular destination is National Museum. It is located in downtown Basseterre. The National Museum is a small, three room history museum that brings guests through the pre-Columbian era through today with very basic exhibits. While there is no tour guide available, placards provide insight into the history of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Museums In Basseterre
Name Phone Location Island
National Museum (869) 466-2744 Downtown Basseterre St. Kitts

Historical Sites

Independence Square

If you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your stay.

A landmark worth visiting is Independence Square. It is located within downtown Basseterre. Well named, Independence Square is the political, economic, and cultural center of the city, as well as the location of the Old Slave Market. Renamed "Independence Square" in honor of St. Kitt's independence on September 19, 1983, it helps pave a new way of freedom for the island and all of its inhabitants.

Another landmark worth visiting is Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It is located in downtown Basseterre. The co-cathedral is the current reincarnation of the Catholic Church in Basseterre. The first was destroyed by British soldiers in 1706.

Romney Manor: The Romney Manor is a nice way to spend some time outside and walking. There are many tropical plants and flowers that brighten up the scenery.

Take a minute to read the chart below to find out more about historical sites in and around Basseterre.

Historic Sites In and Around Basseterre
Name Phone Location
Basseterre Courthouse -- Downtown Basseterre
Brimstone Hill Fortress (869) 465-2609 8.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre
Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception -- Downtown Basseterre
Fort Charles -- Sandy Point Town, 9.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre
Independence Square -- Downtown Basseterre
Romney Manor (869) 465-6253 Old Road Town, 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre
The Circus -- Downtown Basseterre
Wingfield Estate (869) 465-6253 Old Road Town, 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Berkeley Memorial Clock

Visitors can discover some other interesting attractions in this area.

If you want to learn more about the beer-making process, consider heading to Carib Brewery. The tour of Carib Brewery is for those aged 18 and up, and will last 40 minutes. The tour is done on foot and takes guests through the brewery to view daily operations and discuss the history of beer brewing and bottling.

Another landmark worth visiting is Berkeley Memorial Clock. It is a part of The Circus and found in downtown Basseterre. Standing in honor of former President of the General Legislative Council Thomas Berkely, this monument features a grand clock tower with four faces. On the base there is also a drinking fountain where people can get some water.

The table just below summarizes some details regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Basseterre
Name Type Location
Berkeley Memorial Clock Monument Downtown Basseterre
Carib Brewery Brewery 1.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Basseterre

Fortunately, Basseterre has additional attractions. To see our complete guide to other attractions, click this link.

 

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