Port of Spain Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Port of Spain

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.
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Port of Spain Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Port of Spain Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Trinidad and Tobago » Port of Spain (See other walking tours in Port of Spain)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Independence Square
  • Henry Street
  • Frederick Street
  • Nicholas Tower
  • Old Fire Station
  • Red House
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Old Public Library
  • Hall of Justice
  • Lapeyrouse Cemetery
  • Queen's Royal College
  • Hayes Court
  • Mille Fleurs
  • White Hall
  • Stollmeyer's Castle
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

1) Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (must see)

Standing on the eastern side of Independent Square is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, one of the oldest and most prominent Catholic buildings in the city. Its construction began in March 1816, led by Sir Ralph Woodford who, at that time, was serving as a civilian Governor. The Cathedral is a popular tourist attraction renowned for its fine Gothic style features, such as two stunning towers on both sides of the façade, notable large clock above the entrance and a cross on the roof top. The Cathedral was partially damaged by earthquake in 1825, but was successfully restored afterwards. The Cathedral is also known to have been keeping the remains of Catholic archbishops in an old crypt situated beneath.
Independence Square

2) Independence Square (must see)

Independence Square lies near to southern end of the city. Formerly named Marine Square, it was renamed in honour of Trinidad and Tobago's independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. The Square runs from east to west and is bounded on the north side by King Street (the southern street bears the name of the square). The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception lies at the eastern end of the Square (although the roadways bounding the square continue past the cathedral). The western portion of the Square forms the Brian Lara Promenade.

The square was constructed on reclaimed land at the waterfront and was originally called Plaza de la Marina. When the British captured Trinidad in 1797 they translated the name to Marine Square.The tallest buildings in the country, the Nicholas Tower and the Eric Williams Plaza are located on the southern side of Independence Square.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Henry Street

3) Henry Street

Henry Street is well packed with a number of small specialty shops, shopping arcades and fashionable stores. Whatever you are looking for--attractive hand-made jewelery items, decorative accessories, good quality textiles, local crafts or unique gift ideas--all these can be purchased on Henry Street. It is a very convenient place to buy gifts and souvenirs for friends and family.
Frederick Street

4) Frederick Street

Frederick Street is considered the main shopping area of the city. Found here are several shopping centers, small souvenir shops and street vendors, as well as a number of lovely cafes and restaurants ideally suited for a break from a long shopping spree. Among the items sold on Frederick Street there are fashionable clothing, accessories, local crafts, souvenirs and others. The street is also famous for housing fabric stores selling high quality textile.
Nicholas Tower

5) Nicholas Tower

The Nicholas Tower stands in a historic district of Port of Spain which a hundred years ago saw a new generation of beautiful buildings erected with the help of new technologies rendering the buildings more secure. Abercromby Street where the Nicholas Tower is located was named after the first Briton served as a Governor of Trinidad. The historic building still features the 19th century street signs.
Old Fire Station

6) Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station is another attraction and important city’s landmark situated in the south-western corner of Woodford Square. Built at the end of the 19th century, the Station was reconstructed in 2000 with a special care to preserve its beautiful old style while introducing some modern features. From 1989 until 1999, the station housed the Trinidad Theater Workshop. Nowadays, it serves as a National Library Complex and continues to be a historic jewel of Port of Spain.
Red House

7) Red House (must see)

The Red House, home to Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament and Senate, is a splendid complex of buildings located near Woodford Square. Featuring Greek Revival style, the complex is made of two main blocks which are connected with an arched arcade passage. The Red House's construction dates back to 1844. The building was named "Red" after it was painted red when Trinidad prepared for the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1903 the Red House burnt down. Its reconstruction took four years to complete, upon which the House was reopened to the public again.
Holy Trinity Cathedral

8) Holy Trinity Cathedral (must see)

The Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of the oldest and most prominent city’s landmarks, situated on the southern side of Woodford Square. Its foundation stone was set on Trinity Sunday in 1816 and the cathedral itself was consecrated on Trinity Sunday in May of 1823. The striking clock tower and the eye-catching façade, combining Georgian and Gothic architectural styles, make the Holy Trinity Cathedral a popular attraction. Back in 1908 it was partially destroyed by fire but then successfully restored with the help from British Government.
Old Public Library

9) Old Public Library

The first national library of Trinidad was founded in 1851. At the beginning of the 20th century it was moved to the magnificent building on Knox Street and became known as The Old Public Library. The cozy and quiet reading lounge of the library is situated on the ground floor. The colorful arched balconies provide easy access to all the rooms and furnish the building with a typical splendor of South American colonial architecture.
Hall of Justice

10) Hall of Justice

To the east of the Red House is the Hall of Justice, attracting both tourists and locals by its unique architectural solution. The building was specially designed to fit in nicely with the surrounding structures. At the end of the 20th century the Hall of Justice became home to the Court of Appeal, the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the High Court, and the Tax Appeal Board. The building's surreal look has long assured it a place among the city’s most prominent landmarks.
Lapeyrouse Cemetery

11) Lapeyrouse Cemetery

Situated in the Woodbrook neighborhood, Lapeyrouse Cemetery is a large burial ground. It is one of the oldest public cemeteries in Port of Spain. The main entrance to the cemetery--the awesome arch, erected in 1869--is located on Philip Street. The foundation of the cemetery dates back to 1813. Today, Lapeyrouse Cemetery is one of the city’s must-see landmarks, featuring plenty of historic Victorian and modern crypts, as well as a number of interesting statues.
Queen's Royal College

12) Queen's Royal College (must see)

Still regarded as the bastion of secondary school education Queen's Royal College is the oldest secondary school in the city. The college is noted for its famous German Renaissance architecture and tradition of multi-faceted education which continues to produce some of Trinidad and Tobago's leading thinkers, athletes, artists and politicians.

The foundation stone of the building was laid on 11 November 1902 by Courtney Knollys, who was the acting Governor of the day. The structure was designed by Daniel M. Hahn, who was Chief Draughtsman of the Public Work Department and a Old Boy of Queen's Royal College, during the period when the school was housed at the Princess Building. Constructed at a cost of 15000 British pounds, the original building accommodated six classes for 30 boys each.

The lecture hall could hold over five hundred persons at a time. Notwithstanding the German origin of the plan, a legacy perhaps of Mr Hahn's student days in Berlin, the design of the interior is very definitely tropical with a delightfully aristocratic touch from the days when European school architecture was austere. QRC was not free at some point but after a couple years it became free.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hayes Court

13) Hayes Court

Another building from the "Magnificent Seven" list is Hayes Court, the official residence of the Bishop of Anglican Church of Trinidad and Tobago. The house is named after Bishop Hayes who served at the end of the 19th century. The unpretentious, yet stern, look of the house takes its architectural inspiration from French and English house designs.
Mille Fleurs

14) Mille Fleurs

A building of historical significance, the castle-house of Mille Fleurs was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a present from Enrique Prada to his wife. Mr Prada is known to have had interest in architecture and, together with a local construction company, he actively participated in the designing and building of Mille Fleurs that features a French provincial style with some elaborate carvings and other decorations. Throughout its history, the house had seen many owners until 1979 when Trinidad and Tobago's government bought it for official purposes.
White Hall

15) White Hall

The White Hall was built in 1904--same year as most of the “Magnificent Seven” buildings--by merchant Joseph Leon Agostini, featuring a Moorish Mediterranean style. Joseph Agostini’s family originates from Corsica, hence the White Hall's resemblance to the architectural style of Southern Italy and Corsica. During its history the building has housed the British Council Cultural Center, the Trinidad and Tobago Central Library, and governmental offices.
Stollmeyer's Castle

16) Stollmeyer's Castle

The magnificent Scottish Baronial design of Stollmeyer’s Castle is attributed to Scottish architect Robert Gillies. Once the home of the Stollmeyer family, it is also known as Killarney. Today, the castle is used as Prime Minister’s office. The robust structure and elaborate design have assured the castle its place among the “Magnificent Seven” buildings.

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