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Places To Visit In Jamaica For History & Culture

by Faith

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QUESTION about: Places To Visit In Jamaica For History & culture

Planning on visiting soon with my family and almost adult children.

They are interested in the culture and history of the island also the food vegetarian included. What places would you suggest we visit when we get there?

It would be helpful to get the name of these places and where they are located.

I thought it would be safe to get a personal driver with whom I am acquainted.

RESPONSE: by Wellesley

Hi Faith,
Thanks again for asking!

I captured a long list of great attractions in Jamaica on this page, but Chapter 11 of the Jamaica Insider Guide highlights some of the most intriguing places in Jamaica to visit for history and culture -listed by the parish.

Here is a synopsis of some of the main ones

  • Kingston & St Andrew

    1. Blue Mountains and John Crow Park
    2. Bob Marley Museum (876- 978-2929/2991)
    3. Devon House (876- 929-6602/926-0815)
    4. Fort Charles Maritime Museum (876- 967-8438)
    5. Giddy House
    6. Hollywell National Park (876- 922-1287)
    7. The Institute of Jamaica Museum (876-922-0620-6)
    8. Museums of History & Ethnography (876-948-5300)
    9. National Gallery of Art (876- 922-1561)
    10. Old Tavern Coffee Estate (876- 924-2785)
    11. Port Royal
    12. Royal Botanical Gardens & Hope Zoo (876-927-1085)
    13. National Museum Jamaica - Kingston

  • St. Catherine

    1. Sligoville Community Museum
    2. Two Sisters Cave
    3. The capital Spanish Town (in general)
    4. White Marl Taino Midden and Museum

  • Clarendon

    1. Halse Hall Great House (876-986-2561)
    2. Milk River Mineral Bath
    3. Denbigh Agricultural Show (876-922-0610)
    4. Mason River Game Sanctuary

  • Manchester

    1. Canoe Valley National Nature Reserve
    2. The Duppy Church (near Mile Gully)

  • St Elizabeth

    1. Accompong Town
    2. Appleton Estate (876- 963-9215)
    3. Jamaica Zoo
    4. Waterloo (876- 965-2278)

  • Westmoreland

    1. Frome Sugar Estate
    2. Negril Point Lighthouse
    3. The Seaford Town Museum
    4. Peter Tosh Monument

  • Hanover

    1. Animal Farm (876- 899-0040)
    2. Fort Charlotte
    3. Hanover Museum
    4. Lucea Clock Tower
    5. Rhodes Hall Plantation (876-957-6422)
    6. Ruins at Kenilworth

    N.B. We did a fantastic city tour of Lucea, capturing some of this, take a look here.

  • St. James

    1. Bellefield Great House (876-952-2382)
    2. Greenwood Great House (876- 953-1077)
    3. The Rastafari Indigenous Village
    4. Rose Hall Great House (876-953-9982/2323)
    5. The Dome
    6. The Cage at Sam Sharpe Square
    7. National Museum Jamaica - West (Civic Center)

  • Trelawny

    1. The town of Falmouth (generally)
    2. Cockpit Country Interpretive Center (876-844-1940/381-8012)
    3. Hampden Estates (876-912-9113-4)
    4. Good Hope Great House (876- 469-3444)

  • St Ann

    1. Turtle River Falls
    2. Craighton House Estate (876- 944-8224)
    3. Green Grotto Caves (876-973-3217)
    4. Seville Heritage Park (876-972-2191/0665)
    5. Bob Marley's Nine Miles

  • St Mary

    1. Castleton Botanical Gardens
    2. Prospect Plantation (876- 974-5335)

  • Portland

    1. Charlestown Maroon Museum and Safu Yard (876- 445-2861)
    2. Folly Ruins
    3. Folly Point Lighthouse
    4. The Honey Bar

  • St. Thomas

    1. Bath Botanical Gardens
    2. Morant Bay Courthouse
    3. Morant Point Lighthouse
    4. Stokes Hall Ruins
    5. Stony Gut
    6. Three Finger Jackโ€™s Cave

Regarding a dependable driver; absolutely, I agree! And great news, we have launched our tour arm of the business, just make your reservation here and we'll take it from there.

I already have some amazing places for vegetarian food, so no worries ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks again for choosing Jamaica Faith! And remember, when you are reading to book your hotel here, please consider doing so via my booking page here and SAVE!

See also: Historical Sites in Jamaica & Parishes In Jamaica


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Comments for Places To Visit In Jamaica For History & Culture

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Mar 27, 2023
History and culture
by: Anonymous

In St Thomas thereโ€™s also the mineral bathโ€ฆBath Fountain

Aug 02, 2016
Places to see
by: Rose Gregory

Hi Wellesley
Please add "Blue Hole Secret Falls" in St. Ann. It's a beautiful place that I didn't know existed.

Jul 31, 2016
Places to visit in Jamaica
by: Joel Savage

Thanks for sharing this significant article. Jamaica is a wonderful place and I see it as a tropical paradise.

Jul 30, 2016
Historical & Cultural sites In Jamaica
by: Juliet

Quite a comprehensive list. Supporting the suggestion to add the Parish Churches to the list.
A few others:
St Andrew- Craighton Coffee Estate, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Jewish Synagogue, National Heroes Park & Liberty Hall.

In St Catherine add the Emancipation Sq. Anglican cathedral & Phillipo Baptist.

In Trelawny: remove Outameni-it is not in operation.

Portland: add Moore Town Maroon community.

Jul 30, 2016
Additional places to visit.
by: Norma Deacon

Please add Milk River Bath in Clarendon. I have been there several times.

Also, The Parish Churches and Court Houses in all parishes. The architecture makes for great backgrounds in pictures.

Jul 30, 2016
Jewish Synagogue
by: Dr. Olga Graham


Are you aware that the very first Jewish Synagogue in the Western World was in Jamaica? It was established by the Sephardic Jews who went to Jamaica from Spain in 1492 and 1493 with no other but Christopher Columbus whose real name was Christobal Colon --that coined the word "colony". I believe the first one burned down but was rebuilt. There should be a history book in the library with all this. However, if you cannot find the details, I can send you some from a book that I have which includes pictures.

At this time in Jamaica's history many Sephardic Jews (Sephardim) were escaping the Spanish Inquisition when they sailed to the "New World" with Columbus. Many settled there. The name "Pacheco" went down in history because Columbus spent his last days with the "Pacheco" family who were still in Spain when he was let out of jail. "Pacheco" became one of the household names in ancient Jamaica. One Pacheco married a Palomino and they were known for the tobacco and pigeon trades.

Later, because of their bitterness towards the Spanish Inquisition these Sephardic Jews were instrumental in helping England (Horatio Nelson) to capture Jamaica from Spain, and Jamaica became a colony of England until 1962 when she got her independence.

These facts are of interest locally and internationally and can be found in history books. If you want, I can send you a blurb from history books that I still have in my possession from the university here.

All the best to you--long live Jamaica.

Your friend
Olga Graham

Wellesley's Note

Hi Olga,
Thanks for the information. Yes, I'd appreciate you sharing that information with us. Please contact me directly.


Jul 08, 2016
Two sites with great old archiecture
by: John Blenkiron

Here are two sites that should be on the short list of historical sites : Spanish Town and Falmouth.

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