Landmarks on Grand Cayman

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From military forts which once protected the island to museums which detail how agriculture impacted daily life, the history and culture of Grand Cayman is detailed in numerous sites around the island.  Georgetown is home to the largest majority of these attractions, and even if you don't stay in town, a quick trip for a say of sightseeing is recommended.  

Museums

Cayman Islands National Museum

In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. Try clicking on the name of each museum to read detailed information.

National Trust Visitor Center is a museum on the outskirts of Grand Cayman. The Centre is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Another landmark worth visiting is National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. It is Seven Mile Beach, in western Grand Cayman. 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.

Cayman Islands National Museum: 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.

The chart below has a few details concerning some museums you might enjoy on the island.

Museums On Grand Cayman
Name Phone Location
Cayman Islands National Museum (345) 949-8368 Downtown Georgetown
Cayman Motor Museum (345) 947-7741 West Bay
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (345) 945-8111 1.4 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown
National Trust Visitor Center (345) 749-1121 0.9 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Georgetown

Historical Sites

Fort George

Like exploring the historical roots of the places you visit? If so, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites during your stay.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Fort George. It is located in downtown Georgetown. Although landlocked and mostly in ruins, Fort George stands as an important historical landmark that tells the tale of a Cayman Islands once protected from this very spot by the local militia. The fort was built by locals using limestone and coral, though nobody can be sure exactly when, and after many years of little to no use, it was handed over to the National Trust.

Another landmark worth visiting is East End Lighthouse Park. It is located in eastern Grand Cayman. Although the lighthouse has fallen much into disrepair, the National Trust of the Cayman Islands was given special permission to clean up the area surrounding the lighthouse so that tourists may enjoy a visit. Pathways, flower beds, and a 1,000 gallon water tank for irrigation were installed, and now the grounds welcome guests who can't help but exalt in the beautiful view that awaits them.

Dr. Roy's Ironshore: 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."

Take a minute to read the table just below for a list of historic sites on Grand Cayman.

Historic Sites On Grand Cayman
Name Phone Location
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park -- Bodden Town, Southern part of Grand Cayman
Dr. Roy's Ironshore (345) 749-1135 0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown
East End Lighthouse Park (345) 749-1121 0.6 mi. East of Central East End
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 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 explore some other worthwhile local landmarks on the island.

If you want to observe the beer-making process, you should consider 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 On Grand Cayman
Name Type Location Island
Cayman Islands Brewery Brewery 2.9 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman

Needless to say, Grand Cayman has other attraction types. Click to check out our article about other interesting attractions for Grand Cayman.

 

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