Saint Andrew Parish Walking Tour, Kingston

Saint Andrew Parish Walking Tour (Self Guided), Kingston

Saint Andrew (also known by its Creole equivalent as Sint Anju) is a parish that surrounds Kingston to the north, west, and east, extending into the scenic Blue Mountains. Renowned as the birthplace of one of Jamaica's national heroes George William Gordon, this part of the capital is also home to various attractions, historical landmarks, and notable residents (both, past and present). Notably, Saint Andrew has a rich musical tradition, nurturing well-known musicians, who, over the years, have contributed to the evolution of Jamaican music.

Reggae music in particular holds a profound significance for Jamaica, serving as a cultural hallmark that encapsulates the island's triumphs and aspirations. Originating in the vibrant neighborhoods of Kingston, primarily in Saint Andrew, this genre, with its infectious rhythms and soulful melodies, became synonymous with Jamaica's identity.

One of the must-do spots in Saint Andrew is the Bob Marley Museum, celebrating the life and music of the legendary reggae artist. Here, visitors can explore Marley's former residence and learn about his enormous impact on Jamaican culture.

Another notable attraction is Devon House, a historic mansion dating back to the late 19th century. This beautifully preserved estate offers tours of its elegant rooms and gardens, providing insight into Jamaica's colonial past.

The Clock Tower stands tall as a symbol of Kingston's history and a focal point for locals and tourists visiting the area. Its architecture adds charm to the city's skyline and is a popular spot for taking photos.

Another go-to destination for fans of reggae is the Peter Tosh Museum, dedicated to the life and work of one of the reggae pioneers, exploring his enduring legacy in this musical genre.

Finally, Emancipation Park, a serene oasis in the heart of Kingston, showcases the country's rich history and natural beauty through its visually striking centerpiece (Redemption Song sculpture), lush tropical flora, and vibrant cultural activities, making it a dynamic symbol of Jamaican heritage amidst urbanization.

Other than reggae and historical architecture, however, this colorful neighborhood is a good place for browsing the wares of street vendors and sampling local delicacies such as spicy jerky and famous ice creams. So, given the opportunity, you can do all of that on this self-guided walk and enjoy to the maximum your time in Saint Andrew on your next trip to Kingston, Jamaica!
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Saint Andrew Parish Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Saint Andrew Parish Walking Tour
Guide Location: Jamaica » Kingston (See other walking tours in Kingston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bob Marley Museum
  • Devon House
  • Clock Tower
  • Peter Tosh Museum
  • Emancipation Park
Bob Marley Museum

1) Bob Marley Museum (must see)

The Bob Marley Museum is a historical place that used to be the residence of the renowned reggae icon, Bob Marley. This museum is dedicated to preserving the life and achievements of this extraordinary Jamaican musician, showcasing a collection of cherished memories and significant memorabilia. When you step into the museum, you'll be immersed in the sights and sounds associated with Bob Marley, as knowledgeable and friendly guides take you on a guided tour of this Jamaican Heritage Site. The tour includes the main house, exhibition hall, theatre, gift shops, and the One Love Café.

To maintain authenticity, all the original rooms have been preserved exactly as they were when Bob Marley resided there. The exhibits feature various fascinating items such as a life-sized 3D hologram of Bob Marley from the memorable One Love Peace Concert in 1978, his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, his personal recording studio, his bedroom, his favorite clothing, and a vast collection of gold and platinum records received from around the world. Additionally, you can explore the costumes worn by his backup singers, the I-Threes.

The air-conditioned theatre at the museum is equipped with state-of-the-art projection technology, showcasing live performances by Bob Marley during each guided tour. If you feel hungry or want to relax, the One Love Café offers delicious dishes and refreshing juices inspired by Marley's legacy. Moreover, the Bob Marley Gift Shop provides a variety of souvenirs and merchandise related to Bob Marley for you to take home as a memento of your visit.
Devon House

2) Devon House (must see)

The Devon House Mansion, one of Jamaica's renowned historic landmarks, was brought to life by the visionary dreams of George Stiebel, Jamaica's pioneering black millionaire. Having amassed his fortune through gold mining in South America, Stiebel joined the ranks of three prosperous Jamaicans who constructed magnificent residences in the late 19th century, situated at the intersection of Trafalgar Road and Hope Road. Appropriately, this corner became known as the Millionaire's Corner.

An exquisite fusion of Caribbean and Georgian architectural styles, the Devon House mansion boasts a meticulously curated assortment of Jamaican, English, and French antique pieces and replicas. Its majestic presence overlooks an expansive, flawlessly maintained lawn adorned with vibrant greenery. The enduring legacy of Stiebel is honored through the diligent preservation of Devon House, which received the esteemed designation of a national monument in 1990 from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

Over the years, Devon House has transcended its origins as the residence of George Stiebel, evolving into a symbol of enjoyable, family-oriented entertainment and leisure in Kingston. Visitors are invited to embark on tours, indulge in shopping, savor culinary delights, and unwind in its welcoming ambiance.
Clock Tower

3) Clock Tower

There is a tall Clock Tower on an intersection in New Kingston Area. It is called Half Way Tree Clock Tower because it is located in the neighbourhood Half Way tree. This landmark tower stands to mark the old Half Way Tree district. The tower is built in Victorian style and dates back to 1913 when it was constructed by public subscription to commemorate King Edward VII of England.
Peter Tosh Museum

4) Peter Tosh Museum

Winston Hubert McIntosh, OM (19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987), professionally known as Peter Tosh, was a Jamaican reggae musician. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, he was one of the core members of the band the Wailers (1963–1976), after which he established himself as a successful solo artist and a promoter of Rastafari. He was murdered in 1987 during a home invasion.

The Peter Tosh Museum was opened on Peter Tosh's 72nd birthday on 19 October 2016. The museum highlights his work and influence in the exposure of reggae to the world.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Emancipation Park

5) Emancipation Park (must see)

Situated in the bustling heart of New Kingston, Emancipation Park stands as one of Jamaica's most esteemed historical gems. Bearing the theme "Tribute to Freedom," this remarkable park captivates visitors with its visually stunning centerpiece—an imposing 11-foot bronze sculpture known as Redemption Song. Greeting guests at the park's entrance, the prominent sculpture portrays a black male and female gazing skyward, symbolizing their triumphant emergence from the depths of slavery's horrors.

Nature enthusiasts will find joy in the lush abundance of tropical flowers and plants that grace the park, adding vibrant splashes of color throughout. From the complimentary red geraniums and yellow lantana to the captivating pink and peach roses meticulously arranged in well-tended flowerbeds, Emancipation Park is a visual feast. Jamaican national lignum vitae trees and the blooming Tree of Life plants dot the landscape, simultaneously enhancing its beauty, providing shade, and allowing the gentle breeze to waft through the park.

At the park's core, an expansive yet unobtrusive stage boasts state-of-the-art facilities for live entertainment. On Emancipation Night, this stage comes alive with captivating performances by Jamaica's finest folk and local musicians.

On any given day, one can observe people engaging in friendly matches of chess or ping pong at the provided tables. Additionally, various aerobics classes take place on the meticulously manicured lawn. The park's scenic grandeur and ample space beckon visitors to unwind and rejuvenate, with benches and seating areas thoughtfully placed throughout the grounds.

For avid runners, Emancipation Park offers an ideal jogging spot, encircled by a dedicated walking/running path. As you make your rounds, the tropical sun's intensity may make you perspire but fear not—a refreshing breeze will quickly cool you down.

Outside the park's gates, vendors offer snacks and beverages for purchase. For a more substantial meal, Sweetwood Jerk Center, just across the street, tantalizes taste buds with its flavorsome jerk pork, or you can indulge in delectable burgers at the Jamaica Pegasus restaurant.

Emancipation Park stands as a vibrant and dynamic symbol of Jamaica's national heritage. Visitors are instantly immersed in the palpable energy of Jamaica's history and natural splendor, creating a stark contrast against the surrounding urbanization that continues to flourish.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles