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Trench Town
Trench Town

Trench Town

Free admission
Corner of Spanish Town Rd. and Collie Smith Dr., Kingston, Jamaica

The Basics

Most visitors to Trench Town will want to visit the Trench Town Culture Yard, the public housing block (called a government yard) where Marley lived. Bob Marley’s bedroom, with his first guitar, and the remains of his Volkswagen van are on display, and exhibits at the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum illuminate the significance of the area, which was designated a national heritage site in 2007.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Trench Town is the birthplace of reggae and a must-visit for music lovers.

  • Wear comfortable footwear as the area is best explored on foot.

  • Safety in Trench Town has come into question due to crime, according to the US Department of State. Although tourists are rarely targeted, travelers considering a visit should refer to their government’s travel advisories for the latest information.

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How to Get There

Trench Town is located just northwest of downtown Kingston, about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the western edge of National Heroes Park and a 15-minute drive from the Bob Marley Museum. Most visitors come as part of an organized tour as it's considered safer than venturing into the area without a local guide.

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When to Get There

Tours of Trench Town are available throughout the year, but as most of the area is outdoors, you may want to plan your visit around the rainy hurricane season (June through October). Don't miss a visit to the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, open daily from 9am to 6pm.

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Trench Town and Reggae

Many of Jamaica’s most famous artists and groups hail from Trench Town, including Toots and the Maytals, Dean Fraser, and longtime Marley collaborators such as Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Trench Town shows up in many of Marley’s lyrics: “Trenchtown Rock” puts the neighborhood front and center, while “No Woman, No Cry” makes a nostalgic reference to the area.

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