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

Consider staying in Kingston if you plan on visiting Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, since visitors to this area of Jamaica will be excited to have easy access to this museum throughout their trip. If you wish to find a place close to the museum, you'll enjoy a reasonable number of lodging options close-by.

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
Chelsea Hotel Motel 1.9 mi. (0.9 km) NNE

Location and What's Nearby

Of course, one of the most exciting options while spending an afternoon exploring the area is eating a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the museum. Cutty's is an ideal locale to eat on your way to checking out Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, and is the closest restaurant to it. The restaurant is maybe about less than a hundred yards from this site's location, so check it out and try something off the menu. Miss Bobs West Kingston Fast Food and Scotch Bonnet Restaurant are some more food and drink options near Trench Town Culture Yard Museum. At Scotch Bonnet Restaurant you and your party can test out American dishes and enjoy the Jamaica scene.


Operating Hours

The operating hours for the museum aren't readily available, meaning that your group's top option is calling early to make sure the attraction will be open for business during the time you and your party mean to make an appearance.


For price of admission, call Trench Town Culture Yard Museum beforehand to find out if they charge, and if so, how much.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (876) 572-4085


Location: Kingston, Jamaica


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