Must see attractions in Port of Spain

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    Woodford Square

    This grassy square with its central Eros and Aphrodite fountain and ornate bandstand is the symbolic center of downtown Port of Spain. Dr Eric Williams, Trinidad and Tobago's first prime minister, gave stirring speeches here, which eventually led to independence from Britain; the 1970s Black Power demonstrations also took place here. Known as the 'University of Woodford Square,' it remains a ‘speakers corner’ where people can express opinions via soapbox discussions; daily topics are posted on a blackboard.

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    Queen’s Park Savannah

    Once part of a sugar plantation, formerly home to a racecourse and now the epicenter of the annual Carnival, this public park is encircled by a 3.7km perimeter road that locals call the world’s largest roundabout. In the early evening when the scorching heat subsides, the grassy center is taken up with games of cricket or football, while joggers crowd the perimeter path and vendors sell cold coconut water.

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    Central Bank Money Museum

    Newly refurbished and with ferocious air-con that provides a welcome break from the downtown heat, the Money Museum is a surprisingly absorbing affair, with a solid history of currency from cowrie shells to hard cash, and all sorts of fascinating ephemera. You can feel the weight of a replica gold bar, check your banknotes are legit in an infrared reader, and hear the calls of the birds that appear on T&T's notes via a cute push-button display.

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    Fort George

    Get a truly spectacular bird's-eye view of the Port of Spain cityscape and the Gulf of Paria from this colonial-era fort, with stone-built defensive walls pierced by a row of ancient cannon. There's a wooden signal station with a diorama of the fort and a board detailing its construction by Ashanti prince Kofi Nte in 1883. Benches and picnic tables dot the manicured lawns (bring your own refreshments), and there are telescopes to zoom in on the panorama below.

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    Stollmeyer's Castle

    With its battlemented turrets, this fabulous Scottish Baronial pile really does have the feel of a castle. Loosely modeled on the British Queen's home at Balmoral (and properly called Killarney, though it's universally referred to as Stollmeyer's Castle), it was built for entrepreneur Charles Stollmeyer in 1904, and is now government-owned. Extensive refurbishment of the interior and exterior, completed in 2018, has returned the building to its former glory.

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    Waterfront Park

    Nudging the Gulf of Paria opposite the western end of Independence Sq, and linked to it by a new raised pedestrian walkway over Wrightson Rd, the paved Waterfront Park is overlooked by high-rise offices of the International Waterfront Centre and the Hyatt Regency hotel. Though a bit sterile, with its could-be-anywhere fountains and overdose of concrete, the waterside promenade does allow you to get close to the Gulf, and is a popular breeze-cooled liming spot come evening.

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    National Museum & Art Gallery

    Housed in a classic colonial building, the rather dry historical exhibits range from the oil industry to Amerindian settlers, the colonial era and indentured Indians. There are also geological and natural-history displays – check out the tarantulas and fearsome-looking giant centipede. The rotating collection of artwork on the top floor is the highlight, and gives an excellent introduction to the Trinbago art scene. And don't miss the classic T&T films screened on a loop in the audio-visual room.

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    Botanical Gardens

    Resplendent with exotic trees and plants, and networked by paved paths, the Botanical Gardens date from 1818. Take a stroll or relax in one of the handsome wooden gazebos; at Christmas time, trees along the Savannah-facing walkway are lit up with thousands of colorful fairy lights. A graceful mansion built in 1875, the adjacent President’s House is undergoing major repairs and sits shrouded under a protective roof, its west wing having collapsed in early 2010.

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    Independence Square

    The hustle and bustle of downtown culminates along Independence Sq, two parallel streets that flank the central Brian Lara Promenade, named for Trinidad's cricketing hero. The commanding 1836 Roman Catholic Cathedral caps the promenade’s eastern end; at its western end, past the high-rise blocks of the Nicholas and Central Bank towers, and a statue of Brian Lara, the square feeds onto the coastal highway, Wrightson Rd. A raised walkway over Wrightson Rd connects the promenade to the waterfront.

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    Red House

    Named for its burgundy paintwork, this imposing Renaissance-style parliament was constructed in 1906, having been rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in the 1903 Water Riots. It's currently in the last stages of a complete restoration, which saw the building shrouded under a metal roof for several years; the works were stalled following the discovery of ancient Amerindian skeletons in the foundations. It's slated to reopen in early 2020, but whether this will happen on time is anyone's guess.

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    Holy Trinity Cathedral

    The majestic, Gothic-designed Holy Trinity Cathedral, at the south side of Woodford Sq, dates from 1818, but sustained major earthquake damage in September 2018. The cross atop its main spire was knocked askew and has since been removed, and the building itself is undergoing restoration and often closed up. The home of T&T's Anglican church, its interior boasts a mahogany hammerbeam ceiling, lovely stained-glass windows and a marble monument to Sir Ralph Woodford, the British governor responsible for the cathedral’s construction.

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    National Academy of the Performing Arts

    The glinting curves of this arts center, looming over the southeast corner of Queen's Park Savannah, are an eye-catching backdrop to the park, a sort of Sydney Opera House in glass and steel. Despite its good looks, NAPA is something of a white elephant, having been plagued by structural problems that have left the space under-utilised. Nonetheless, its Kitchener Auditorium does host a regular roster of arts events, and plans are underway for a new hotel within the complex.

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    White Hall

    Clad in white limestone imported from Barbados, this imposing structure dates from 1907 and has undergone a complete interior and exterior restoration, which finished in late 2019 and saw it returned to its former use as the office of Trinidad's prime minister. It's closed to the public, but you can admire the intricate ironwork balconies and turreted facade from the road.

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    Mille Fleurs

    Shrouded behind fencing and covered by a protective temporary roof, intricate Mille Fleurs sports beautiful decorative ironwork, but is one of the most neglected of the Magnificent Seven. It was near to collapse when restoration began in 2018, and the repairs are likely to take some time.

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    Emperor Valley Zoo

    Port of Spain's 2.5-hectare zoo has a host of indigenous species – red howler monkeys, ocelots, caiman and various birds, snakes and tropical fish – there's an otter pool with an underwater viewing area, plus giraffes, lions, Bengal tigers and zebra. However, many enclosures (especially those in the primate section) are pitifully small.

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    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    Built in the shape of a Latin cross from limestone quarried in the Laventille hills, and completed in 1851, the ornate, Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral and its magnificent ceiling are looking spiffy following restoration works completed in 2015. The doors are usually open during the day and visitors are welcome.

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    Archbishop's Residence

    Unlike some Magnificent Seven buildings, the home of the Roman Catholic Archbishop has been meticulously maintained, and features rows of arched windows and a castle-like tower.

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    Roomor

    Boasting intricate gingerbread fretwork and coiling iron railings, Roomor is one of the prettiest of the Magnificent Seven houses, and is still a private residence.

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    Hayes Court

    Built as the residence of Trinidad's Anglican bishop (but now in private hands), this French Colonial–style building features intricate stonework and a wraparound veranda.

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    Queen's Royal College

    Resplendent with red and gray brickwork, and topped with a looming central clock-tower, QRC is home to one of Trinidad's most prestigious boys schools.