Woodford Square

Park in Port of Spain

This grassy square with its Eros and Aphrodite fountain (under restoration) 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 Sq', it remains a ‘speakers corner’ where people can express opinions via soapbox discussions; daily topics are posted on a blackboard.

Surrounding Woodford Sq are some interesting edifices, including the Red House parliament buildings and the recently restored Old Public Library, a handsome brick-built structure from 1902 with an arcaded second storey. TnT's National Library moved to the modern NALIS building, nearby at the corner of Hart and Abercromby Sts.