City Hall & Arts Centre


This striking whitewashed building in the heart of Hamilton looks like an oversized cottage; it was designed by renowned Bermudian architect Wil Onions, who allegedly modeled it on Stockholm's city hall. Spot the bronze weather vane on top of its 90ft tower: it's in the shape of the shipwrecked Sea Venture. The theater inside is used for staging theatrical performances, dance recitals and Christmas pantomimes.

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1. Bermuda National Gallery

0.02 MILES

Upstairs inside the City Hall, Bermuda's premier art gallery stages regularly changing exhibitions by contemporary Bermudian artists. Paintings,…

2. Holy Trinity Cathedral

0.11 MILES

This 19th-century neo-Gothic cathedral looks as if it's been plucked from England and deposited gently in the tropics. With its soaring arches, intricate…

3. Bermuda Historical Society Museum

0.14 MILES

In the shade of an giant rubber tree, this appealing Georgia building is typical of Hamilton's 19th-century architecture and houses intricately carved…

4. Queen Elizabeth Park

0.16 MILES

Hamilton's most popular and beautiful public park was once the private garden of William Perot, a wealthy merchant. Today its tree-shaded benches, rock…

5. Sessions House

0.22 MILES

This Italianite-style edifice is home to Bermuda's Supreme Court and one of the world's oldest parliaments. The two political parties face each other…

6. Fort Hamilton

0.47 MILES

On a hilltop just next to the City of Hamilton, this fort is Bermuda's most central and is very well-preserved. It was intended to protect the Dockyard…

8. Birdsey Studio

0.86 MILES

For decades, this studio was the home of Alfred Birdsey, a prolific Bermudian painter famous for his Asian-influenced, Impressionistic island landscapes…