Landmarks in Jamaica

Rich in both heritage and natural beauty, Jamaica provides a plethora of sites and sounds

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An island like Jamaica, with a rich natural and social history, inevitably has many fascinating sites to explore. Jamaican history includes Spanish rule, a British takeover and a struggle for independence. This mixture of cultural influences means a wide variety of interesting things to see, from famous architecture and artifacts, to natural scenery and historic sites.

Some specific sites in Jamaica include plantation "Great Houses," museums and cultural attractions. Travelers also enjoy the natural scenery of the Blue Mountains, where they can hike and camp. Popular sites abound on this beautiful island and generally surround three of the larger cities: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Kingston.


National Gallery of Jamaica

If you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Jamaica. Click on the each name for detailed information.

A landmark worth visiting is National Gallery of Jamaica. It is found within downtown Kingston. This gallery features a collection of early, modern, and contemporary artwork, both by Jamaican artists, and artists from the larger Caribbean region. Exhibits rotate on a regular basis, guided tours are available, and lectures, children's programs, and panel discussions are commonplace.

Attractions Map

Another popular destination is Bank of Jamaica Money Museum. It is found within downtown Kingston. View the history of Jamaica as told through its driving force: money. From the first penny ever spent on the island, to the money of the day, the history of the island unfolds through the telling of how money influenced it all.

Bob Marley Museum: Jamaica is known for a great many things, and one of them is the legend of reggae music, Mr. Bob Marley. The Bob Marley Museum is the former home of Marley, and focuses on the man's life and achievements.

The table right below lists some details concerning some museums you might enjoy on Jamaica.

Museums On Jamaica
Name Phone Location
Abba Jahnehoy Place (876) 578-9578 The vicinity of Negril
Bank of Jamaica Money Museum (876) 922-0750 Downtown Kingston
Bob Marley Museum (876) 978-2929 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Kingston
Coyaba River Garden and Museum (876) 974-6235 1.2 mi. South of Central downtown Ocho Rios
Hanover Museum -- 1.3 mi. East of Central Haughton Court
Jamaica Fun Farm (876) 296-8669 0.3 mi. West of Central E Lacovia
National Gallery of Jamaica (876) 922-1561 ext. 3 Downtown Kingston
Outameni Experience (876) 954-4035 0.6 mi. South of Central White Bay
Outameni Theme Park (876) 954-4035 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Falmouth
People's Museum of Craft and Technology (876) 907-0322 1.8 mi. West of Central Spanish Town
Reggae Xplosion (876) 675-8793 Ocho Rios
Trench Town Culture Yard Museum (876) 572-4085 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Kingston

Historical Sites

Devon House

If you like to explore the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites during your time in Jamaica.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Devon House. It is located in Kingston, Jamaica. Inside Devon House is a collection of Jamaican, English, and French antiques that date back to the 19th century. A tour of this property takes guests through a huge number of rooms including Palm Hall, the dining room which has a 19th century grandfather clock, a drawing room, a game room that still houses popular games from the 1800s, a sewing room, the grand ballroom with its original chandelier, the master bedroom, a young girls room, and more.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Bellefield Great House. It is located within Jamaica. Originally built in 1794, Bellefield Great House is one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. Owned by a still prominent family on the island, today Bellefield is a glimpse into the history of Jamaica's plantations as well as a look at the opulent lifestyles of those who ran them.

St. Peter's Church: Some of the most unique artifacts at St. Peter's Church include a communion plate donated by Sir Henry Morgan and the tomb of Lewis Galdye, which tells us that he was swallowed up in an earth quake, then spit out of the earth into the ocean, where he swam until he was picked up by a boat.

Take a look at the chart below to see historic sites on Jamaica.

Historic Sites On Jamaica
Name Phone Location
18 Century Iron Bridge -- 0.3 mi. East of Central Spanish Town
Albert George Market -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Annandale Great House -- 3.4 mi. South West of Central downtown Ocho Rios
Barbican Estate -- 1.7 mi. West of Central Sandy Bay
Bellefield Great House (876) 952-2382 2.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Montego Bay
Bloomfield Great House (876) 962-7130 Mandeville, Central Jamaica
Bob Marley's Mausoleum (876) 995-1763 Central Jamaica
Brimmer Hall Estate (876) 994-2309 0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Llanrumney
Christ Church -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Port Antonio
Davidson House -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Devon House (876) 929-6602 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston
Falmouth Court House -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Folly Ruins -- 0.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Port Antonio
Fort Balcarres -- 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Falmouth
Fort Montego -- 0.4 mi. West of Central Montego Bay
Good Hope Great House (876) 469-3444 Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Greenwood Great House (876) 953-1077 2.6 mi. West of Central Salt Marsh
Martha Brae Waterwheel -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Old Baptist Manse -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Old Court House -- 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Spanish Town
Old Pera Windmill -- 1.8 mi. East of Central Leitt Hall
Phoenix Foundry -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
Port Royal -- 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore
Rose Hall Plantation (876) 953-2323 1.1 mi. East of Central Rose Hall
St. Peter's Anglican Church -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica
St. Peter's Church -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Kingston
Tharp House -- Falmouth, Northwestern part of Jamaica

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Appleton Estate Rum Distillery

Travelers can discover some other intriguing local attractions on the island.

If the functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you should think about visiting Lover's Leap Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built by the Engineering Department of the Port Authority of Jamaica. It is 100 feet tall with a cylindrical steel tower and lantern in an octagonal gallery powered by three different sources.

If you want to observe the distillery process, another landmark you might consider visiting is Appleton Estate Rum Distillery. The tour of Appleton Estate offers guests a first hand look at how rum is produced, both historically and today. This includes displays of the types of machinery that was used over 200 years ago.

The following table summarizes more information on the other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Jamaica
Name Type Location
Appleton Estate Rum Distillery Distillery 1.4 mi. West of Central Siloah
Bamboo Alley Scenic Trail 5.8 mi. North of Central Black River
Folly Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Turtle Harbour
Galina Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Galina
Lover's Leap Lighthouse Lighthouse 7.0 mi. East of Central downtown Treasure Beach
Negril Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Negril
Peter Tosh Monument Monument 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Belmont
Redstripe Plant Attraction Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica

If you are looking for a wider selection of attractions beyond just these, you should expand your planning horizon. To get more information about other attractions, see this page.


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