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 travelers to this region of Jamaica will be excited to have convenient access to the museum during their visit. There are a good amount of hotels in the area around this landmark.

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

Trench Town Culture Yard Museum guests will be able to enjoy one or two recreational opportunities like working on their golf game and doing some beach-going not far away. Museum patrons also hoping to play a round or two of golf will surely enjoy heading over to nearby Constant Spring Golf Club. If golfing isn't your thing, you might want to head over to Maiden Cay Beach, the closest beach. Though the selection might be scarce, a couple other equally enjoyable outdoor options to choose from nearby. Museum visitors will discover a variety of interesting places out of the sun in this general vicinity. You'll find a pair of spots worth checking out -Vin Lawrence Park and Saint William Grant Park- both of which are located within just a couple miles of the museum.


Operating Hours

The daily schedule for the museum is not readily available, meaning your top chance at success is calling ahead of time to confirm the attraction is going to be open to visitors during the time you and your party have decided to make an appearance.


To find out how much the museum charges, 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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