Devon House is one one the most celebrated landmarks in Jamaica. The Georgian-style house was built in 1881, on a property once known as Devon Penn, hence its name. The house was the residence of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. The mansion is furnished with a collection of 19th-century antiques which tells the story of a rich West Indian Victorian era. The property is covered in lush green lawns, with flowers, high-rising palm trees and a water fountain. Today, there are tours offered to visitors who want to explore the house. The property also features a number of restaurants including the extremely popular Devon House “I-Scream”.
Devon House,Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica, +1 876 926 0815
Port Royal is one of the Caribbean’s oldest and most historic cities. Located at the mouth of the Kingston harbour, the city was founded in 1518 and once had the reputation of being the richest and wickedest city in the world! Port Royal was also home to generations of pirates and was the headquarters of pirate pillage. A massive earthquake in 1692, which swallowed about two-thirds of the city, and another in 1907, have shaped many of the city’s landmarks today, including the famous Giddy House, the Royal Artillery House which was tilted and partially sunk as a result of the 1907 earthquake.
Trench Town is the home of many important reggae artistes, including Bunny Wailer, the Heptones, Peter Tosh and, of course, Bob Marley. The Culture Yard was refurbished and opened in 2000 as a museum to host the phenomenal history of Trench Town. Culture Yard is known for being the home where Bob Marley lived as a youth and where he learned to play the guitar and wrote some of his most popular songs. The museum features articles, instruments and furnishing used by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The grounds also features the Casbah Café, Lion of Judah Courtyard and In-house Artisan Shops.
Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, 6 & 8 1st St, Kingston, Jamaica, +1 876 859 6741
Rockfort in Kingston was built in the late 1600s as protection against the possibility of a French invasion and is one of the six forts outside Port Royal that protected Kingston Harbour. After two massive earthquakes, many of the cannons were destroyed but the fort is still standing. Located nearby the fort is the Rockfort Mineral Bath, one of the oldest public facilities in Kingston with water direct from a cold spring.
Rockfort Mineral Bath, A4, Kingston, Jamaica, +1 876 938 5055
The Holy Trinity Cathedral replaced the Holy Trinity Church in Kingston that was destroyed by the 1907 earthquake. The church is the biggest and undoubtedly the most beautiful church in Jamaica. The cathedral was built in 1911 and architect Raymond F. Admiral from New York designed its Byzantine Revival style. The church features murals and artwork inspired by Victorian-era artists.
Holy Trinity Cathedral, George Headley Dr, Kingston, Jamaica, +1 876 922 3335