Kingston Landmarks

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The town that raised up legend Bob Marley is dominated by attractions that depend on his name for popularity, celebrating both his musical talent as well as the way he grew up.  There are also several historic buildings including churches and homes that provide a glimpse into the past as well as some unique museums that are also culturally relevant. 


Bob Marley Museum

Assuming you like to learn about other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain additional information concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

Many travelers choose to visit Bob Marley Museum. It is located in central Kingston. This museum is dedicated to the works of Marley, and of reggae music in general. Any music fan, reggae or otherwise, may want to make this musical pilgrimage site to priority.

Attractions Map

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is National Gallery of Jamaica. It is found in 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.

Bank of Jamaica Money Museum: The museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The chart directly below has more information on the available museums in the area.

Museums In Kingston
Name Phone Location
Bank of Jamaica Money Museum (876) 922-0750 Downtown Kingston
Bob Marley Museum (876) 978-2929 Central Kingston
Fort Charles (876) 967-8438 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore
National Gallery of Jamaica (876) 922-1561 ext. 3 Downtown Kingston
Trench Town Culture Yard Museum (876) 572-4085 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Kingston

Historical Sites

Devon House

Like learning some of the historical roots of places you visit? If yes, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions during your time in Kingston.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Devon House. It is located within central Kingston. 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.

An alternative landmark could be St. Peter's Church. It's a historical site in the heart of Kingston. 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.

Port Royal: Immortalized by tales of British Navy-men and stories of pirates, Port Royal was the capital of early Jamaica and the stronghold of the British Empire in the New World. Originally in Spanish possession, the British were able to seize the area take control of this vital site in 1655.

Check this table for a list of historical sites in and around Kingston.

Historic Sites In and Around Kingston
Name Phone Location
18 Century Iron Bridge -- 0.3 mi. East of Central Spanish Town
Devon House (876) 929-6602 Central Kingston
Old Court House -- 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Spanish Town
Port Royal -- 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore
St. Peter's Church -- 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Kingston

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors can experience some other intriguing local landmarks in this area.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Kingston
Name Type Location Island
Redstripe Plant Attraction Western Kingston Jamaica

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