Kingston Waterfront Walking Tour (Self Guided), Kingston

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.
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Kingston Waterfront Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Kingston Waterfront Walking Tour
Guide Location: Jamaica » Kingston (See other walking tours in Kingston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kingston Craft Market
  • National Gallery of Jamaica
  • "Negro Aroused" Sculpture
  • Money Museum
  • Institute of Jamaica
  • Jamaica Stock Exchange
  • St Michael's Church
  • General Penitentiary
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Kingston Craft Market

1) Kingston Craft Market

Kingston Craft Market is the former Victoria market located close to the coastline. It is a very bright and colourful market. Reggae music is constantly heard there while shoppers sell their goods. You will find many straw and wooden souvenirs, tropical t-shirts, hats and dolls, to name but a few. T-shirts sold there have images of Reggae idol Bob Marley or picturesque landscapes of Jamaica.
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National Gallery of Jamaica

2) 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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"Negro Aroused" Sculpture

3) "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.
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Money Museum

4) Money Museum

Money Museum is located in the Bank of Jamaica tower that stands tall at the city's waterfront. You will see many artifacts related to the history of the development of money both on this island and around the world. You will be surprised to see money in its previous form and learn about the art of making different coins; you will see some souvenir coins. The museum invites visitors Monday to Friday from 10 am - 4 pm.
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Institute of Jamaica

5) 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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Jamaica Stock Exchange

6) Jamaica Stock Exchange

Jamaica Stock Exchange was established in 1968 in Kingston and is located at the waterfront of the city. You can admire scenic views from here. The Stock Exchange is housed in a beautiful, old, art-deco red building. It is surrounded by tall and elegant palm trees.
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St Michael's Church

7) St Michael's Church

St Michael's Church is an old church in downtown Kingston. It is white in colour and features many domed windows and doors and some architecturally pleasing decorations in the yard. There is a bell installed in the church yard.
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General Penitentiary

8) General Penitentiary

General Penitentiary is a large penitentiary built in red brick. Its face wall and the entrance are built like a large, impressive fortress. Behind the penitentiary is the sea. From the street where the entrance is located you can see the tower, from which you can observe the prisoners.

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