Landmarks on St. Kitts

St. Kitts and Nevis have several important landmarks worth exploring

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St. Kitts and Nevis are both small islands, with a combined total area of 104 square miles. While there may not be as many attractions on these sister islands as some of the larger countries in the Caribbean, there are still some landmarks of historical significance that are worth visiting.

Your tour of St. Kitts will most likely begin in Basseterre, the largest city on the island. The Circus, which is actually a circular open space at the intersection of several streets, with shopping, restaurants, and numerous sites. Moving out to other areas of the island, visitors find piers filled with the colorful sails of docked boats, restaurants, beaches, and hotels, but mostly undeveloped land.

Museums

National Museum

If you like to expand your knowledge of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on St. Kitts. To read detailed information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is National Museum. It is located in downtown Basseterre. For brief (read: quick) overview of the history of St. Kitts and Nevis, the National History Museum is what you're looking for. Housed in a historic building in its own rite, this museum is a great option for those who already have a jam-packed schedule.

Museums On St. Kitts
Name Phone Location Island
National Museum (869) 466-2744 Downtown Basseterre St. Kitts

Historical Sites

Romney Manor

Do you like discovering the historical roots of foreign countries? If so, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites while on vacation on St. Kitts.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Romney Manor. It is found within Old Road Town, St. Kitts. While today Romney Manor is home to a popular local store, it was once a plantation and estate that stretched for 6 acres.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Brimstone Hill Fortress. It is Saint Anne Sandy Point Parish, in western St. Kitts. This site is open to the public everyday from 9:30am until 5:30pm.

Wingfield Estate: The first working estate on the island, this property played a significant role in the history of St. Kitts as the very first land grant made in the West Indies by England. It also has an interesting story as the current owner bought it without this knowledge and has over the last decade continued to unearth more features of the property.

Check the table below for a listing of historic sites on the island.

Historic Sites On St. Kitts
Name Phone Location
Basseterre Courthouse -- Downtown Basseterre
Brimstone Hill Fortress (869) 465-2609 1.0 mi. Southeast of Central Sandy Point Town
Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception -- Downtown Basseterre
Fort Charles -- 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central New Guinea
Independence Square -- Downtown Basseterre
Palmetto Point Fort -- Trinity Palmetto Point Parish, Central St. Kitts
Romney Manor (869) 465-6253 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre
The Circus -- Downtown Basseterre
Wingfield Estate -- 5.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Basseterre

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Berkeley Memorial Clock

Visitors can experience some other intriguing local landmarks on the island.

If you'd like to learn more about the beer-making process, you should consider visiting Carib Brewery. The tour of Carib Brewery is for those aged 18 and up, and will last 40 minutes. The tour is done on foot and takes guests through the brewery to view daily operations and discuss the history of beer brewing and bottling.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Berkeley Memorial Clock. It is found within The Circus and located within downtown Basseterre. Standing in honor of former President of the General Legislative Council Thomas Berkely, this monument features a grand clock tower with four faces. On the base there is also a drinking fountain where people can get some water.

Other kinds of landmarks on the island are summarized here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks On St. Kitts
Name Type Location
Berkeley Memorial Clock Monument Downtown Basseterre
Carib Brewery Brewery 1.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Basseterre

Luckily, you'll be able to find plenty of other attraction types available too. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, see this page.

It wouldn't be a prosperous vacation without some sort of exploration of the sites that have important significance to the people of the island. Add some culture to your St. Kitts and Nevis trip, and visit will be a successful one.

 

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