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National Heroes Park

Enjoy the sunny outdoors and learn all about Jamaica’s greatest sons and daughters at this huge public park, filled with pieces of modern sculpture.

Pay tribute to Jamaica’s rich and checkered history at National Heroes Park, the largest public space in Kingston. The park is a popular botanical garden and also a burial site for a long list of important Jamaicans. What will first catch your eye are the sculptures: Unique and severe, these huge curved shapes tower over you.

Notice multiple memorials on the 49-acre (20-hectare) National Heroes Park site. Read a few of the plaques to build your understanding of this country and its cultures. The Jamaica War Memorial honors those killed in armed service, with ceremonies held here every Remembrance Day. The monument for Norman Manley, the statesman who advocated for universal suffrage, has pillars carefully arranged in concentric circles. Marcus Garvey, who was a political leader and is considered a prophet by the Rastafari movement, has a monument on a star-shaped platform.

Notice the four opposing curved poles, the monument for Jamaica’s second Prime Minster, Donald Sangster. You’ll see many more, including a monument for legendary female slave rebel Nanny of the Maroons and a memorial for the victims of a nursing home fire. The national heroes are in the area called the Shrine. Other outstanding patriots have their resting places separate from this.

Enjoy the open space and sunshine while you reflect on those who have died. Jamaica is popular for its beaches, mountains, reggae music and laid-back lifestyle, but there is plenty more to learn. Embark on a fascinating journey through different chapters of this unique country’s story and the people and events that built the modern nation. Take the time to see something authentic in a place with so many tourist attractions. As a bonus, you’ll see the Jamaica Defence Force, the security force guarding the park, conducting a “changing of the guard” on every hour.

National Heroes Park is in downtown Kingston. Stop at this spot for a break and take photos while you’re exploring the city.


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The Spanish Court Hotel

The Spanish Court Hotel

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    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Kingston, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peter Tosh Museum, Devon House, and Emancipation Park. Bob Marley Museum is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

    Knutsford Court Hotel ¥12,734
    Knutsford Court Hotel

    Knutsford Court Hotel

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      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Kingston, this resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Devon House, Little Theater, and Bob Marley Museum. National Stadium and National Gallery of Jamaica are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa ¥9,889
      Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa

      Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa

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        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Kingston, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Independence Park, Bob Marley Museum, and Devon House. Emancipation Park is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

        Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica ¥18,085
        Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica

        Courtyard by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica

        1 Park Close, Kingston
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Kingston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sunshine Amusement Complex and Emancipation Park. Devon House and Bob Marley Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Hotel Four Seasons ¥13,056
          Hotel Four Seasons

          Hotel Four Seasons

          18 Ruthven Road, Kingston, Saint Andrew
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mandela Park, Emancipation Park, and Devon House. Bob Marley Museum is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

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            Gardens of Liganeau

            Gardens of Liganeau

            Slide Rd.,, Kingston, Saint Andrew
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cross Roads, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Heroes Park and Emancipation Park. National Gallery of Jamaica and Devon House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica ¥20,106
              AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica

              AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston, Jamaica

              38 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kingston, St. Andrew Parish
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Kingston, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peter Tosh Museum, Bob Marley Museum, and Devon House. Emancipation Park is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

                Altamont Court Hotel ¥13,212
                Altamont Court Hotel

                Altamont Court Hotel

                1-5 Altamont Terrace, Kingston, Saint Andrew
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kingston, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sunshine Amusement Complex, Emancipation Park, and Devon House. National Gallery of Jamaica and Bob Marley Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).