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

If you like to learn about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Grand Cayman. Try clicking on the name of each museum for full details.

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

Another popular destination is National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. It is Seven Mile Beach, in western Grand Cayman. The permanent collection of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is housed on the second floor and features important pieces of Cayman artwork that has been growing since the inception of the National Gallery. Additionally, the gallery tries to host at least six rotating exhibits each year.

Cayman Islands National Museum: 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.

The table just below shows a few details concerning 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

Do you like learning some of the historical roots of foreign countries? If so, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites during your time on Grand Cayman.

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.

Another popular destination is East End Lighthouse Park. It is located within eastern Grand Cayman. Although the lighthouse has fallen into much 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.

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 moment to read the following chart 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 0.7 mi. East-Northeast 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

Visitors can enjoy some other intriguing landmarks on the island.

If you'd like to learn more about the beer-making process, you should consider visiting Cayman Islands Brewery. Tours of the brewery are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and private tours are available for 10 people or more after hours.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Grand Cayman
Name Type Location Island
Cayman Islands Brewery Brewery 2.9 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman

If you would prefer having a wider selection of attractions beyond just these, you might want to expand your planning horizon. To reach our detailed guide to other attractions, go to this page.

 

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