Trinidad Landmarks

There is more to Trinidad than the beaches

Photo credit: © Juan Zulueta
 

The island of Trinidad abounds with fascinating sites that should be on your list of “Things To See.” Between the unique architecture and the historical significance of the top landmarks, each spot proves to offer something of interest

Museums

National Museum & Art Gallery

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain complete information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum. It is found within Trinidad. The Chaguaramas Military History and Aviation Museum is located on the former military base, and makes for a great attraction for history and military buffs. The museum was founded by a former member of the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard.

Many travelers also choose to visit Central Bank Money Museum. It is located in downtown Port of Spain. The Money Museum has three main rooms that will take visitors through three different topics. The first room deals with money in general, and how it has evolved around the world from simple stones to gold, and today to paper currency, debit and credit cards, and completely electronic currency.

National Museum & Art Gallery: If you can only visit one museum during your trip to Trinidad and Tobago, make it the National Museum & Art Gallery. Here, you'll get a little bit of everything: history, culture, and art.

The following chart shows more details concerning the available museums on Trinidad.

Museums On Trinidad
Name Phone Location Island
Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection (868) 623-1841 ext. 255 2.4 mi. East of Central downtown Port of Spain Trinidad
Central Bank Money Museum (868) 625-2601 ext. 2151 Downtown Port of Spain Trinidad
Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum (868) 634-4391 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Port of Spain Trinidad
Indian Caribbean Museum of Trinidad and Tobago (868) 673-7007 Trinidad and Tobago None
National Museum & Art Gallery (868) 623-5941 0.7 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain Trinidad

Historical Sites

Stollmeyer's Castle

In case you enjoy learning about the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your time on Trinidad.

Many travelers choose to visit President's House. It is found within St. Ann's, Trinidad. Much like the White House in the United States, the President's House is the official residence of the president of Trinidad and Tobago. Originally built in 1876, the house has served as a governor's residence, a museum and art gallery, the governor's residence once again, and finally the president's quarters.

Another option is Fort Picton. It's a historical site Built by the British in 1797 fearing an imminent invasion by France or Spain, Fort Picton was the solution. The island's governor hoped that this single fort would be enough to hold off the other European empires.

Stollmeyer's Castle: The building is currently unopened to the public, but tourists can view it from the outside.

Check out the table just below for more information on sites of historical interest on Trinidad.

Historic Sites On Trinidad
Name Phone Location
Fort George (868) 639-3970 2.1 mi. North of Central Port of Spain
Fort Picton -- 1.0 mi. East of Downtown Port of Spain
Hayes Court -- Downtown Port of Spain
President's House (868) 624-1261 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Stollmeyer's Castle -- 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers can experience some other interesting places worth visiting on the island.

The table right below summarizes more details concerning other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Trinidad
Name Type Location
Brian Lara Promenade Tourist Attraction Downtown Port of Spain
Brigand Hill Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.7 mi. South of Central Lower Manzanilla
Brighton Range Front Lighthouse 0.6 mi. North of Central La Brea
Chacachacare Island Lighthouse 15.0 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
Espalon Point Lighthouse 2.1 mi. South West of Central Chaguaramas
St. Vincent Jetty Range Rear Lighthouse Downtown Port of Spain

Fortunately, Trinidad has other attractions. For more details about other attractions, use this link.

Religious Sites

Located in Independence Square in Port of Spain, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built in the 1820s, and is well visited because of its architecture. The cathedral still holds daily services, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Artisans from India constructed the Dattatreya Yoga Centre on Trinidad, complete with an 85-foot statue of the god Hanuman. The temple is an active place of worship, so no pictures may be taken inside, but guests are welcome to snap photos on the grounds outside.

Despite being destroyed in a fire, today the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port of Spain looks very much like it did when it was built in the 1820s. Visitors are welcome to enter the cathedral and sit in on a daily service.

The Presbyterian church in Port of Spain is Greyfriars Church. It was built in the 19th century, and is a simple, but beautiful structure.

Whether you are on a spiritual journey and hope to attend services at some of the islands' historical religious spots, enjoy learning about military history, or can't resist a trip to the top of a lighthouse for a look out over the surrounding areas, Trinidad and Tobago has something to offer you. Leave at least one day of your trip open for site-seeing, and you're sure to return home with a few stories to tell.

 

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