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Spanish Town

Country
Jamaica
State
Saint Catherine Parish
City
Spanish Town
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

The closest major airport is Tinson Pen Aerodrome (KTP / MKTP). This airport has domestic flights from Kingston, Jamaica and is about 13 km from the center of Spanish Town, Jamaica.Another major airport is Norman Manley International Airport (KIN / MKJP), which has international and domestic flights from Kingston, Jamaica and is 19 km from Spanish Town, Jamaica.

By Train

The now disused Spanish Town railway station formerly provided access to four lines are Kingston to Montego Bay,Spanish Town to Ewarton,Bog Walk to Port Antonio and Linstead to New Works The station opened in 1845 and closed in October 1992 when all passenger traffic on Jamaica's railways abruptly ceased.

By Road

Spanish Town is on the main A1 (Kingston to Lucea) and A2 (Spanish Town to Savanna-la-Mar) roads.It is well served by buses, mini buses and taxis, which operate from the Spanish Town Transport Hub.

Key places to visit
Old Iron Bridge, The Rodney Memorial, The Anglican Cathedral, Martin Street


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Places to Visit

Old Iron Bridge

A restoration project began in 2004, with funding provided by American Express through the World Monuments Fund.Nevertheless, progress was slow until 2008, when a renewed restoration effort was made.A first phase of restoration was completed in April 2010, when the repair of the abutments allowed the bridge to be reopened for the public.More recently, violence has prevented the bridge from achieving the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Rodney Memorial

created by renowned sculptor John Bacon in honour of Admiral George Rodney, a key player in the successful British defence of the island from French invaders, was “kidnapped” in 1876 by the city of Kingston when Spanish Town ceased to be the capital. Irate residents of Spanish Town argued their case through the correct channels, but their protests fell on deaf ears, until one day the statue was removed from Kingston and returned by force to its original home. In the process, the statue lost an arm, but is still loved dearly by the residents of Spanish Town as an integral part of the town’s heritage and aesthetic.

The Anglican Cathedral

the oldest of its kind in the Western hemisphere; the Spanish Town Iron Bridge, the oldest cast-iron bridge in the Caribbean; the town square, with stunning examples of Georgian architecture are all very much worth a visit.

Martin Street

within walking distance of the Plaza Majora is the famous Cecil’s Restaurant, the most frequented eating place in the old capital.It is no wonder this place is a local favourite: hot tasty food in copious quantities for reasonable prices is served in a cool, dimly-lit room with soothing Reggae music playing in the background.Every day he rides his bicycle down to the market to buy fresh vegetables for the day, although he has retired from running the restaurant.Still, he appears occasionally in the restaurant to make sure that all is going well.

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