Half Way Tree


This neighborhood, road junction and major bus terminal is named for a venerable silk-cotton (kapok) tree that stood here until the 1870s. Today, the landmark is marked by a clock tower erected in 1913 as a memorial to King Edward VII. The giant advertising screens also serve as an occasional focus for the broadcast of national events, such as Usain Bolt winning yet another of his Olympic golds.

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1. St Andrew Parish Church

0.14 MILES

This brick church is more popularly known as the ‘Half Way Tree Church.’ The foundations of the existing church were laid in 1692. The exterior is austere…

2. Peter Tosh Museum

0.51 MILES

Reggae legend Peter Tosh finally gets his due in this tiny museum. A co-founder of The Wailers (he co-wrote 'Get up, Stand up'), Tosh was an early…

3. Devon House

0.57 MILES

This beautiful colonial house was built in 1881 by George Stiebel, the first black millionaire in Jamaica. Antique lovers will enjoy the guided tour,…

4. Emancipation Park

0.72 MILES

This grand open space at the center of New Kingston is a lovely place for a stroll or a spot of people-watching over a takeout patty under a shady tree…

5. Jamaica House

1.06 MILES

Jamaica House is faced by a columned portico and fronted by expansive lawns. Initially built in 1960 as the residence of the prime minister, the building…

6. King’s House

1.24 MILES

The official residence of the governor-general, the representative of the Queen of England, King’s House was initially the home of the Lord Bishop of…

7. Bob Marley Museum

1.35 MILES

The large, creaky, colonial-era wooden house on Hope Rd, where Bob Marley lived and recorded from 1975 until his death in 1981, is the city’s most-visited…