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, so travelers to this region of Jamaica will have the benefit of convenient access to the museum during their visit. There are a notable number of lodgings in the neighborhood within range of this facility.

Hotels near Trench Town Culture Yard Museum
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Forres Park Hotel 1.2 mi. (2.1 km) NE
Jamaica Pegasus Resort 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) NNW
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel 1.8 mi. (1.1 km) NE
Altamont Court Hotel Hotel 1.9 mi. (1.4 km) NE
Courtleigh Hotel and Suites Hotel 1.9 mi. (1.3 km) NE
Courtleigh Hotel and Suites Hotel 1.9 mi. (1.3 km) NE
Knutsford Court Hotel Hotel 2.0 mi. (0.6 km) NNE

Location and What's Nearby

Guests at Trench Town Culture Yard Museum will be able to find a few options for island pastimes like working on their golf game and taking to the coast not far away. Travelers who enjoy testing their aptitude on the green, might want to do so at the most convenient golfing opportunity, which is Constant Spring Golf Club. If golf doesn't tickle your fancy, you might want to head over to Maiden Cay Beach, the most convenient beach to visit. Though you might find your options limited, a couple other similar outdoor possibilities can be reached from Trench Town Culture Yard Museum. Museum visitors will encounter multiple other interesting places to get away from the sun within a reasonable distance. You'll find two places you may enjoy -Vin Lawrence Park and Saint William Grant Park- which are both situated within just a couple miles of the museum.


Operating Hours

The operating hours for the museum aren't readily available, meaning your party's smartest chance at success is phoning ahead of time to ensure the site is open to visitors when you and your companions mean to visit.


If you need to know the price of admission, you should call Trench Town Culture Yard Museum ahead of time to find out how much, or if they charge.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (876) 572-4085

Location: Kingston, Jamaica



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