Landmarks on Dominica

Dominica's structural landmarks are easily viewable in one full day of sightseeing

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While most of the attractions worth viewing on Dominica are of the natural sort, there are a few buildings that vacationers won't want to overlook.

Each has historical significance to the local people, whether it be of religious, government, or military importance. Most tourists find these attractions important not only as a way to take a break from the sun and pass some time, but to learn how the island they love to visit came to be in the state that it stands today. Geology, social, political, and culture all mix together to answer the question of "how?"


Museum of Rum

If you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on Dominica. To get complete information about each museum, you can click on the name.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Kalinago Cultural Village. It is located within northeastern Dominica. The natives who run the Kalinago Cultural Village offer visitors to come and learn about the indigenous people, their history, and culture. The staff, all indigenous themselves, give tours of the area, offer live reenactments, and are happy to present all their culture has to offer.

Attractions Map

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museum of Rum. It is La Plaine, in southeastern Dominica. Built in 1796 as a functioning distillery, the ruins now serve as a museum to give visitors an up-close look of a crucial part of Dominican history.

Old Mill Cultural Centre: While the island and people of Dominica have grown and changed over the decades, at the Old Mill Cultural Center, they remember and preserve that culture, teaching it to their children and to the visitors who show interest. Come see this surviving modern culture of the past, including art works and performances.

The following table lists a few details regarding some available museums on the island.

Museums On Dominica
Name Phone Location
Dominica Museum (767) 448-8923 Downtown Roseau
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum (767) 445-6009 1.8 mi. South West of Central Tanetane
Kalinago Cultural Village (767) 445-7979 1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Waraka
Museum of Rum (767) 245-9088 0.7 mi. North of Central La Plaine
Old Mill Cultural Centre (767) 449-1804 2.4 mi. North of Central downtown Roseau

Historical Sites

Fort Shirley

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your stay.

A landmark worth visiting is St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is found within downtown Roseau. Built in the 1700s, this cathedral partially marks the end of Anglican suppression of Catholicism as well as the spread of the Catholic Church in the British colonies. While the building stands in near ruins, mass is held here on occasion, and visitors are welcome to join in during their trip.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort Shirley. It is found in northwestern Dominica. Today, much of the fort is intact or rebuilt, allowing visitors to see what the area must have looked like back when the fort was operational. Those who climb the walls will be able to look out into the bay past a row of canons, just as they would be waiting for a ship to come into range.

Barracoon Building: This colorful and cheerful looking building has a dark history as a center of slavery on Dominica. The Barracoon Building was built as slave barracks.

Glance through the table just below for information concerning historical sites on the island.

Historic Sites On Dominica
Name Phone Location
Anglican Cemetery -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau
Barracoon Building -- Downtown Roseau
Cathedral of Our Lady of Fair Haven -- Downtown Roseau
Fort Shirley (767) 445-6009 1.8 mi. South West of Central Tanetane
Government Cemetery -- 0.3 mi. East of Downtown Roseau
Government House (441) 292-4954 Downtown Roseau
Jean Rhys House -- Downtown Roseau
St. George's Anglican Church -- Downtown Roseau
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral -- Downtown Roseau
The Methodist Church -- Downtown Roseau
The State House -- Downtown Roseau

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers can discover some other intriguing sites to visit on the island.

A common landmark for vacationers is Rainforest Aerial Tram. It is situated in Laudat, Dominica. When they ride the tram, guests are transported eight at a time in a hanging gondola that is 70 feet above ground on a tour that lasts 70 minutes. During this time, guests will be able to observe the diversity of local flora and fauna.

The following chart lists a few details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Dominica
Name Type Location
Bayfront Scenic Trail Downtown Roseau
Rainforest Aerial Tram Cable Car 1.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Wotten Waven

Luckily, Dominica includes other attractions. To visit our detailed page about other attractions, go to this page.

Military & Government Sites

Fort Shirley, which is located on the grounds of Cabrits Historical and Marine Park, is an English colonial fort that was once home to 600 or more soldiers. It was the main defense post for the British on Dominica during the 18th century, and today stands partially in ruins. The Officer's Quarters was restored in 2006, and visitors will get a fantastic view of Prince Rupert Bay from the room. Another aspect that has been restored is the 14 outdoor canons which have become an outdoor museum of artillery of sorts. There is a $2(USD) fee into the park.

At one time, the Government Housee in Roseau was home to the Queen of England's representative on the island. Today, it is home to the president of Dominica, and visitors can walk by to view the gardens and interesting architectural features.

Religious Sites

Throughout Dominica, especially in Roseau, there are a few churches that serve as landmarks. St. George's Anglican Church and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral are two such churches. The Catholic church was built in the 17th century, and the Anglican church in the 18th century, but both offer visitors an opportunity to view some of the most well-kept buildings in the city, as well as a place worship, if they so choose.

The great thing about landmarks on Dominica is that you can hit them all in one day, which allows you to view all the important buildings without missing out on some of the other attractions on the island. Plan one day to visit each of the above sites and you'll be able to say that you walked the same path as some of the most important people in Dominican History.


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