Botanical Gardens

Top choice in Port of Spain

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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1. President's House

0.12 MILES

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2. Emperor Valley Zoo

0.15 MILES

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3. Stollmeyer's Castle

0.37 MILES

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4. White Hall

0.39 MILES

Clad in white limestone imported from Barbados, this imposing structure dates from 1907 and has undergone a complete interior and exterior restoration,…

5. Archbishop's Residence

0.42 MILES

Unlike some Magnificent Seven buildings, the home of the Roman Catholic Archbishop has been meticulously maintained, and features rows of arched windows…

6. Roomor

0.45 MILES

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

7. Mille Fleurs

0.46 MILES

Shrouded behind fencing and covered by a protective temporary roof, intricate Mille Fleurs sports beautiful decorative ironwork, but is one of the most…

8. Hayes Court

0.49 MILES

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