Landmarks in Georgetown

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The beaches, shopping, and nightlife are for sure major draws for tourism in Georgetown, but this is a historical city that offers a lot to the cultured traveler.  From a history museum to a fort, and even a working rum brewery open for tours, there I much to be seen here. 

Museums

Cayman Islands National Museum

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Georgetown. To learn more information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

A landmark worth visiting is Cayman Islands National Museum. It is found in downtown Georgetown. Cayman Island's National Museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Another option is National Trust Visitor Center. It's a museum The Centre is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands: The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is a multi-media gallery, featuring a number of works in sculpture, paint, photography, and more. The goal of the gallery is to share Caymanian art with both locals and around the world, and often host traveling exhibits that bring their artwork to other countries.

The following chart enables you to get more information about some museums you might enjoy in and around Georgetown.

Museums In and Around Georgetown
Name Phone Location
Cayman Islands National Museum (345) 949-8368 Downtown Georgetown
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (345) 945-8111 1.9 mi. North of Central Georgetown
National Trust Visitor Center (345) 749-1121 0.9 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Georgetown

Historical Sites

Fort George

Do you enjoy exploring the historical roots of the places you visit? If so, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites during your stay.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort George. It is located in downtown Georgetown. Visitors will find Fort George mostly in ruins, and a tour guide may tell tale of three canons that can no longer be traced, as well as four solid walls that were only about five feet tall each. At one time, local school children would play in the sandy grounds, and it did serve as a lookout point during World War II, but has otherwise seen no action throughout its history on the island.

An alternative landmark could be Dr. Roy's Ironshore. It's a historical site in the center of Georgetown. Once upon a time, Dr. Roy's House stood as an important landmark in the eyes of the people of the Cayman Islands -- but unfortunately it was torn down in order to build a financial center. Though many people are still distraught over the building's demise, its memory lives on across the street on an interpretative sign overlooking the "Ironshore."

Watler Cemetery: Historically, it has been the fad that prominent families in the Cayman Islands stake their claim on a piece of land (often close to the shore where it is easier to dig) as the family burial ground. One such parcel of land, the Watler Cemetery, is a spot where visitors can view grave stones dating back to the 19th century.

Take a moment to look through the table just below for information concerning sites of historical interest in and around Georgetown.

Historic Sites In and Around Georgetown
Name Phone Location
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park -- Bodden Town, 7.0 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Dr. Roy's Ironshore (345) 749-1135 0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown
Fort George (345) 749-1121 Downtown Georgetown
Mission House (345) 749-1121 8.3 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Old Savannah Schoolhouse (345) 749-1121 Savannah, 5.2 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Pedro St. James National Historic Site (345) 947-3329 5.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Watler Cemetery (345) 749-1121 3.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Georgetown

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers will discover some other interesting local landmarks close to Georgetown.

If you want to learn more about the beer-making process, you should think about visiting Cayman Islands Brewery. Home to several different award winning brews, the Cayman Islands Brewery has been providing top notch alcoholic beverages to he people of the Cayman Islands since the facility first launched in 2007. Proud of their brewing style and manufacturing status, the Cayman Islands Brewery has opened its doors to the public for regular tours so that guests can see exactly why this spot produced the best products around.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Georgetown
Name Type Location Island
Cayman Islands Brewery Brewery Prospect Park, 2.9 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman

Fortunately, Georgetown has other attractions. To find out about other other attractions for Georgetown, click this link.

 

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