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

In case you enjoy learning about other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in Georgetown. Click on the each name to see detailed information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Cayman Islands National Museum. It is located in downtown Georgetown. This national museum has diverse collections and features exhibits on various topics, from a collection of Cayman artwork to a natural history collection full of fossils of sea critters.

A second choice is National Trust Visitor Center. It's a museum The National Trust for the Cayman Islands works to share the history of the islands through the preservation of historic landmarks and natural sites. At the National Trust Visitors Centre, visitors will gleam first hand information on the importance of each site, and learn which are best for them to visit based upon their interests.

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 table right below shows more information about some available museums 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

If you like to explore the history of a foreign country, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions while vacationing in Georgetown.

Many travelers choose to visit 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 near 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.

Look through this table for a list of 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

Guests will discover some other intriguing sites close to Georgetown.

If you want to learn more about the beer-making process, you might enjoy 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

Keep in mind that you will find some other attraction types available too. To navigate to our complete page about other attractions, click this link.

 

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