President's House, Port of Spain

President's House, Port of Spain

President's House is the official residence of the President of Trinidad and Tobago. The house is located next to the Botanical Gardens in Port of Spain. The house was built in 1876, however a previous building on the site, known as "The Cottage" was used as the Governor's residence from 1867. The stonework facade of the 1876 construction is made local blue limestone, while the roof is covered with Welsh Dutchess slate. The building contains Italian-style arched doorways and loggias, as well as Victorian-style columns and railings.

From 1876 the house continued to be used as the residence of the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago until 30 April 1958, when it became the residence of the Governor-General of the West Indies Federation. Trinidad and Tobago attained independence on 31 August 1962. The house was then used as a museum and Art Gallery for a time, before the house became the residence of the Governors-General once again. When Trinidad and Tobago became a republic in 1976, the Governor-General's house was subsequently designated as "The President's House", and became the residence of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Today, as well as being the President's private residence, the house is used for national awards and swearing-in ceremonies, as well as diplomatic receptions. The President's office is located in a separate building in the grounds of the house.

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Sight Name: President's House
Sight Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Port of Spain Architecture Tour  

Walking Tours in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Create Your Own Walk in Port of Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Port of Spain

Creating your own self-guided walk in Port of Spain is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Port of Spain Architecture Tour

Port of Spain Architecture Tour

Trinidad and Tobago's main city of Port of Spain has no shortage of historic buildings, each with its own fascinating story. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore the city's most notable "Magnificent Seven" landmarks set around Queen's Park Savannah including Queen's Royal College, a fairy-tale looking Stollmeyer's Castle, the White Hall and others.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Port of Spain, the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago, is a famous destination renowned for many reasons, including music, cuisine and the annual Carnival, a cultural event bringing to the island thousands of tourists. As a major shipping and financial hub of the Caribbean, the city's skyline is dominated by skyscrapers, of which the most prominent is the iconic Nicholas Tower. To explore this and other attractions of Port of Spain, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Shopping Tour in Port of Spain

Shopping Tour in Port of Spain

Port of Spain is a city of great shopping opportunities. Whether you are shopping for memorable souvenirs, gifts to take home or famous designer labels--the city has plenty of options to offer. Apart from large shopping arcades, most of the Port of Spain streets boast a wide range of specialty shops and street vendors selling hand-made jewelry and other local crafts. By taking this tour you will discover the most popular shopping spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Port of Spain Historic Landmarks Tour

Port of Spain Historic Landmarks Tour

Trinidad and Tobago's capital Port of Spain is a lovely city with interesting history, duly reflected in its diverse architectural heritage. The city, commonly referred to by locals as Mucura, has several charming and perpetually busy squares, beautiful green parks, intriguing old streets and a modern financial district. The following walking tour will guide to the city's most prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km