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 expand your knowledge of other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Dominica. Just click on each place's name to obtain complete information.

Many travelers choose to visit Kalinago Cultural Village. It is found within northeastern Dominica. Discover the indigenous peoples of Dominica through the Kalinago Cultural Center. This large museum spread out like a village presents the heritage of some of the last remaining traditionalist natives on the island of Dominica.

Attractions Map

Another popular destination is Museum of Rum. It is La Plaine, in southeastern Dominica. Visitors to the Museum of Rum will be able to explore the ruins of the distillery, as well as learn about a number of artifacts that have been gathered over the years. The owners here are always looking to expand, so you never know exactly what you will find.

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 chart provides more details regarding some museums you might enjoy 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

Like discovering the historical roots of places you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites while vacationing on Dominica.

A common landmark for vacationers is St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is located 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. Built in the 1700's, this fort once stood guard for all of Dominica. Today it is part of the Cabrits National Park, and offers tourist a unique window into the history of the Caribbean's colonial past.

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.

Review the following chart to see sites of historical interest 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

Guests can experience some other intriguing sites to visit on Dominica.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Rainforest Aerial Tram. It is located in Laudat, Dominica. Only the second of its kind the Caribbean, the Rainforest Aerial Tram is a safe way to tour the jungle while being suspended in a car 70 feet above ground. This is a truly unique experience that allows you to see the local environment with a birds-eye view.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Dominica
Name Type Location Island
Rainforest Aerial Tram Cable Car 1.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Wotten Waven Dominica

If you are seeking a wider variety of points of interest beyond the category on this page, you can expand your planning horizon. Visit this extended discussion which is all about even more attractions if you'd like to learn more information.

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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