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Kingston Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Kingston

Aside from reggae, Jamaica's main attraction, the capital city of Kingston abounds in other attractions of cultural, historical, religious and architectural importance. There are many urban parks with monuments to historic personalities, such as the National Heroes' Park and the St William Grant Park in the heart of downtown, which are often used to accommodate various events on the Jamaican calendar. As a city of diverse population, Kingston hosts a number of places of worship of various denominations, including the Roman Catholic Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Shaare Shalom Synagogue. To find these and other prominent sights of the Jamaican capital, follow this orientation walk.
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Kingston Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Kingston Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Jamaica » Kingston (See other walking tours in Kingston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • National Heroes Park
  • The Church of the Redeemer
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Shaare Shalom Synagogue
  • Gordon House
  • St William Grant Park
  • Coke Memorial Methodist Church
  • Ward Theater
  • Coronation Market
  • National Gallery of Jamaica
  • Institute of Jamaica
  • "Negro Aroused" Sculpture
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National Heroes Park

1) National Heroes Park (must see)

National Heroes Park is a large public garden in the center of the city. You will see many monuments and graves of Jamaica's National Heroes, political leaders and other persons who contributed to the cultural life of the city. This park was established in 1783. Among the most prominent monuments you will find Jamaica War Memorial, busts of famous people who lived in Jamaica and the burial place for 140 elderly women who died in a fire at a home for the aged. All these memorials and monuments are real works of art made by different sculptors.
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The Church of the Redeemer

2) The Church of the Redeemer

The Church of the Redeemer is the oldest Moravian Church in the city. It dates back to 1918. It has a beautiful church hall that was severely damaged by a hurricane and then rebuilt in 1962. The church owns a pipe organ that has been there since 1932. You can visit there the Mary Morris-Knibb Memorial Hall that is dedicated to the church's prime benefactor.
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Holy Trinity Cathedral

3) Holy Trinity Cathedral (must see)

Holy Trinity Cathedral is a magnificent church in Kingston. It was constructed in 1911 and represents Byzantine revival architecture. The most prominent feature of the church is the copper-covered dome that makes this church unique as it is the only copper dome in Jamaica. This is a Roman Catholic Cathedral but its construction is very similar to that of a mosque. It attracts thousands of tourists from the city. You will also see beautiful stained glass and religious artworks on the walls and ceiling of the church.
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Shaare Shalom Synagogue

4) Shaare Shalom Synagogue

Shaare Shalom Synagogue is a historical synagogue and the only Jewish place of worship in this region. Its original building was constructed in 1885, but than damaged in the earthquake of 1907 and totally reconstructed between 1911 and 1912. After the rebuilding, the round front part of the building was changed to what you see today - oval front and Romanesque details in its architecture. The Jewish Institute is located there as well. You will see historical artifacts such as a 300-year-old Torah and many photos.
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Gordon House

5) Gordon House

Gordon House is dedicated to the now National Hero of Jamaica, George William Gordon (1820-1865). He was the son of a Scottish Planter and a slave woman. Gordon was a great preacher and politician. He was also a social worker, a defendant of black people's rights and also a passionate evangelist. Gordon House is a modern building, built in 1960, that features a distinct symmetrical design. This house is now the meeting place of Jamaica’s parliament. You can visit Gordon House by appointment, or when the building is free of parliamentary sessions.
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St William Grant Park

6) St William Grant Park (must see)

St William Grant Park is named after William Grant who was a labor leader and activist of Jamaica. He was called "St. William Grant". St. stands for "Sergeant" as he was in a military service.

He is considered the one who began the struggle of the working class in Jamaica. He was a black man. In the park dedicated to this labor activist you will see today the monument of Queen Victoria, William Grant several monuments and the monuments to the other labor leaders.
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Coke Memorial Methodist Church

7) Coke Memorial Methodist Church

Coke Memorial Methodist Church is an impressive building in the center of Kingston. The original church was opened in 1841, completely rebuilt after an earthquake in 1907. The construction material of the church was red brick. It represents the Neo-Gothic style with some elements of the Georgian epoque and is often called the Pride of Parade street. The church's architecture recalls England's Middle Ages churches. The church also has a rich history related to slavery. Methodist preachers were not allowed to preach there because they were against slavery. Now the church is considered the national monument of the city.
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Ward Theater

8) Ward Theater

The Ward Theater is a very beautiful building in the center of the city that was constructed in 1912 and became a place for the cultural heritage of the country. The theater boasts elegant Victorian-era architecture and is of a light blue colour. Since 1775, there have been 3 theatres built here. This theater is a 3-level building with several beautiful entrances and exits. The Ward Theater is one of the landmarks in Kingston and a place where one can see the best of the nation's culture.
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Coronation Market

9) Coronation Market

At Coronation Market you can buy different exotic fruits that grow throughout this beautiful island. You will see local vendors selling their goods. It is also called the downtown market and it is a dynamic and busy place, so guard your personal possessions.
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National Gallery of Jamaica

10) National Gallery of Jamaica (must see)

National Gallery of Jamaica is the largest gallery on this island and is located at the very waterfront of Kingston. It is housed in Kingston Mall. There you will visit many permanent exhibitions, among which you can see historical artifacts dating as far back as the 1400s. There are not only local arts but also international collections. There are also different temporary exhibitions. You can visit this gallery Tuesday - Thursday from 10am-4:30pm, Fridays from 10am-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-3pm.
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Institute of Jamaica

11) Institute of Jamaica (must see)

The Institute of Jamaica that is located downtown is a large, red brick building. It was founded in 1879. Here you can learn a lot about Jamaican culture. There are galleries that display different aspects of Jamaica, like exotic insects and animals, seashells, fruit seeds, Jamaican crafts, etc. Opening hours for visitors are 9:30am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-4pm on Fridays.
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"Negro Aroused" Sculpture

12) "Negro Aroused" Sculpture

"Negro Aroused" Sculpture is a slavery monument facing the sea. The statue was created by the English artist Edna Manley. It was erected there to symbolize the newfound self-respect of the ex-slaves, who became free. The statue is made of bronze and represents a crouched black man breaking free from bondage.

Walking Tours in Kingston, Jamaica

Create Your Own Walk in Kingston

Create Your Own Walk in Kingston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kingston 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.
Kingston Waterfront Walking Tour

Kingston Waterfront Walking Tour

Kingston Waterfront area coincides with the downtown area and is also the oldest part of the city. There are museums, art galleries, interesting buildings and great monuments. The view of the sea and the port is picturesque. Take this self-guided tour and have a walk along the coastline of Kingston.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
New Kingston Walking Tour

New Kingston Walking Tour

Kingston, Jamaica has the New Kingston area that boasts some tourist attractions. You will see beautiful buildings and parks. There are many specific Jamaican monuments there as well. Take this self-guided tour to explore this new part of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles