Trench Town Culture Yard Museum

Designated a protected site in order to preserve and promote national heritage in 2007, the Trench Town Culture Yard was built by the Jamaican government during the 1940s as subsidized housing for the poor that promoted communal living. It is perhaps best known by tourists as the place where reggae great Bob Marley grew up and the Wailers were formed, but when they arrive to tour the yard, they find a unique look at how the leaders of the island expected their lower class people to live.

What to Expect

The original buildings in which many lower class Jamaicans lived for decades have been restored and refurnished to appear as they did when they were originally built in the 40s. There is a small museum which recounts the area's history with a number of artifacts which were left by prior residents. Of special significance are the homes where community leader Vincent "Tata" Ford, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer lived.

What visitors will see as they tour Trench Town is several streets of homes that each have one or two rooms measuring no larger than 10 by 10. There are no bathrooms or kitchens in these rooms, instead, these types of facilities were centrally located so that everyone on the street had access to them.

Staying Close

Trench Town Culture Yard Museum is located in Kingston, ensuring those staying in this part of Jamaica will be pleased to have convenient access to the museum during their visit. If you'd like to find a place near the museum, there are a reasonable number of places to stay in the area.

Hotels near Trench Town Culture Yard Museum
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Match Resort Cottage Cottages -- --
Villa Lilletha Hotel 1.2 mi. (2.1 km) NE
Forres Park Hotel 1.2 mi. (2.1 km) NE
Jamaica Pegasus Resort 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) NNW
Caribbean Villa Hotel Restaurant and Bar Hotel -- --
Bolivar Gallery B & B 1.7 mi. (0.7 km) NNE
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel 1.8 mi. (1.1 km) NE

Location and What's Nearby

There is a small collection of neighboring open air enterprises to pursue when you aren't exploring Trench Town Culture Yard Museum. Guests who enjoy testing their ability around the course, will be able to do so at the closest golfing facility, which is Constant Spring Golf Club. Free days can also be planned at Maiden Cay Beach, the nearest beach. On top of that, your party may find one or two additional beach and golf choices in the neighborhood. Visitors will find a variety of interesting places out of the sun within a reasonable distance. There are two additional attractions worth visiting in the area -Vin Lawrence Park and Saint William Grant Park- both of which are found rather close to the museum.


Operating Hours

The operating hours for the museum aren't readily available, meaning that your party's top chance at success is phoning in advance to make certain the building is open to guests during the time you and your group want to make an appearance.


If you need to know the price of admission, dial up Trench Town Culture Yard Museum ahead of time to find out how much they charge, or if they do at all.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (876) 572-4085

Location: Kingston, Jamaica



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