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Georgetown, Best Sights & Things To See - Guyana

3guianas travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2015   » View Photoset (78 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Georgetown was the last stop on my first trip to the 3 Guianas and to be honest the least best capital city out of Cayenne, Paramaribo and Georgetown. I arrived here
3guianas Photo - Arched windows in a row at St Georges Anglican Cathedral in Georgetown, Guyana.
Arched windows in a row at St Georges Anglican Cathedral in Georgetown, Guyana.
from Moleson Creek, a 3hr journey from the eastern border with Suriname. Georgetown is a mixed bag with a few interesting sights, but in general is quite rundown and dirty. The truth is that you can see everything that is worth seeing in a few hours. Occasionally while walking around Georgetown you may see horses pulling carts.

The Best Sights

The Wooden Cathedral

The best sights are firstly St George's Anglican Cathedral which they say is one of the worlds tallest churches at 43.5 metres. It was completed in 1892. The outside needs a paint and some renovation which they are trying to raise money for at
3guianas Photo - Big green tree beside the High Court in Georgetown, Guyana.
Big green tree beside the High Court in Georgetown, Guyana.
the moment. The inside is really nice with pointed arches, flying buttresses, vaulted ceilings and traceried windows being a few of the noteworthy architectural features of this Gothic structure. The original St Georges was built in 1810-1811 across the road where the school is now located. You will find the cathedral on Church St so that's easy to remember!

Non Aligned Monument

Across the road from the cathedral is the Non Aligned Monument, this is apparently one of Guyana's most distinctive and historically significant monuments. It commemorates the 1972 Conference of Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned countries held in Guyana. It consists of 4 busts of the founders of this movement, they being President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, President Pandit
3guianas Photo - A woman sells her greens and miniature potatoes at Stabroek Market in Georgetown, Guyana.
A woman sells her greens and miniature potatoes at Stabroek Market in Georgetown, Guyana.
Jawaharlall Nehru of India and President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia. Each bust was sculptured in the country of the founder.

Avenue of the Republic

Just a couple of minutes walk from the Non Aligned Monument is Ave. of the Republic which is where most of the rest of the historical buildings and sights are located.

City Hall

The City Hall is the most spectacular sight on this street. It is in need of paint and some renovation but is a fantastic sight all the same. It was built between 1887 and 1889 and apart from the tile roof, cast iron columns and decorative elements, the structure is
3guianas Photo - A mural of the different species of monkeys in Guyana at Georgetown Zoo.
A mural of the different species of monkeys in Guyana at Georgetown Zoo.
made totally from local timber. A marble sculpture of William Russell (1827-1888) stands on the lawns in honour of his work in the city. He was a sugar planter and president of the agricultural society.

City Engineers Department

Right next door to City Hall is the City Engineer's Department which is almost identical to City Hall with its arches and design. They are like twins!

Victoria Law Courts

The next building along the street is the High Court (Victoria Law Courts) which was opened in 1887. The building has many arched doorways on the ground floor underneath a long balcony beneath triangle shaped roofs. On the front lawn is a large marble statue of Queen Victoria.

Stabroek Market

Nearby beside the Demerara
3guianas Photo - Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow (1884-1958), statue at the Parliament Building in Georgetown, Guyana, he was the father of trade unionism.
Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow (1884-1958), statue at the Parliament Building in Georgetown, Guyana, he was the father of trade unionism.
river is the most lively and busiest area of the city - the Stabroek Market with a prominent iron clock tower in the center. The markets are what you would expect and sell everything including fresh fish. Money changers change money on the street. It is also a high crime area so you need to be careful at all times! In the streets around the historical area are many people living rough.

Parliament Building

The Parliament Building is the next building worth seeing, completed in 1834 and of classical renaissance style architecture with columns and a big dome. It has a pair of cannon out front and a statue of the father of trade unionism - Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow (1884-1958) in the corner of the grounds (erected in 1964).

St. Andrew's Kirk

Across the road
3guianas Photo - The City Hall tower with pink flowers in the foreground in Georgetown, Guyana.
The City Hall tower with pink flowers in the foreground in Georgetown, Guyana.
from here stands St. Andrew's Kirk, the oldest building in the city. Built between 1811 and 1818, it has a high steeple and a double angled roof and is a proposed structure for Georgetown's nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nearby is another church called the Bedford Methodist Church which is also made of wood.

The Monument Garden

Next I came to the Monument Garden, it looked like a nice place to relax with the flowers and green grass but for some reason was closed on this day. The monument in the middle is of a ship.

Magistrates Court and St. Stanislaus College

Another couple of buildings of note are the Magistrates Court made from iron and brick, I'm sure with some wood in there too and secondly St. Stanislaus College
3guianas Photo - A woman sprays water over her greens at Stabroek Market in Georgetown, Guyana.
A woman sprays water over her greens at Stabroek Market in Georgetown, Guyana.
opened in 1866 which is a beautiful wooden building of white and light blue. Next to the college is a small plaza they call Parliament Square which opened in 2012.

Botanical Gardens and Zoo

Botanical Gardens

I visited the Botanical Gardens. At the entrance is the Jenman Building Education Center named after George Samuel Jenman (1845-1902) who was a British gardener and botanist. Actually this building and a handful of flowers they have growing around it is the best sight at these so-called botanical gardens. After passing this building and walking into the gardens I couldn't see any flowers or gardens of any kind, there was nothing to see. I asked a security guy where the gardens were and
3guianas Photo - The Magistrates Court made from iron, brick and wood, Georgetown, Guyana.
The Magistrates Court made from iron, brick and wood, Georgetown, Guyana.
he replied I was in them. As for birdwatching, I can't say for sure. I saw a yellow bird and a brown one, that's it. I suggest Georgetown magicians bring Mr. Jenman back to life and get him here to actually make some gardens. On the other hand maybe the people of the city could do it themselves, that way they would create a botanical garden actually worth visiting if you get my drift. There is however a large grass area, trees and a pond. It's a park not a botanical garden, ok?

The Zoo

Next to the park is the zoo. I visited the zoo and regretted every second of it. The place is unkept and the poor animals are shut up in tiny cages. I have never seen such a sad looking bunch of animals in my life especially the sorry looking jabiru stork.

Close the Zoo Down!

I told zoo management that they should set the animals free and close the
3guianas Photo - City Hall in Georgetown, built between 1887 and 1889, Guyana.
City Hall in Georgetown, built between 1887 and 1889, Guyana.
place down, it's a disgrace. Do not visit this zoo or support it. I spent no more than 10mins inside the place and left feeling angry and pissed off!

National Park

I walked to the National Park, quite a few blocks from the center of town. It wasn't great with lots of rubbish in the waterway of lilies. Apart from a horse there is really nothing to see here.

In Conclusion

This was my experience of Georgetown - Guyana, the historic area is good but the rest they need to work on! I will return in the future to see more of the country. From Georgetown I flew back to Colombia.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Georgetown, Guyana (3 Guianas) to:


Map location: Georgetown, Guyana, 3 Guianas. Interesting wooden historic area but the city is a little rundown and rough around the edges!
 A : South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana 144 kms 144 kms straight distance | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by car (173 kms) | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by bus (173 kms) (173 kms)
 B : Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname 159 kms 159 kms straight distance | 4hrs 14mins 4hrs 14mins by car (236 kms) | 5hrs 4mins 5hrs 4mins by bus (236 kms) (236 kms)
 C : Paramaribo, Suriname 339 kms 339 kms straight distance | 7hrs 6mins 7hrs 6mins by car (443 kms) | 8hrs 31mins 8hrs 31mins by bus (443 kms) (443 kms)
 D : Saint Laurent / Albina Border - French Guiana/Suriname 473 kms 473 kms straight distance | 9hrs 15mins 9hrs 15mins by car (593 kms) | 11hrs 6mins 11hrs 6mins by bus (593 kms) (593 kms)
 E : Pacaraima to Boa Vista - Brazil 525 kms 525 kms straight distance | 11hrs 28mins 11hrs 28mins by car (682 kms) | 13hrs 45mins 13hrs 45mins by bus (682 kms) (682 kms)
 F : Santa Elena / Brazil Border - Venezuela 406 kms 406 kms straight distance | 14hrs 14mins 14hrs 14mins by car (871 kms) | 17hrs 4mins 17hrs 4mins by bus (871 kms) (871 kms)
 G : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 542 kms 542 kms straight distance | 21hrs 56mins 21hrs 56mins by car (1480 kms) | 26hrs 19mins 26hrs 19mins by bus (1480 kms) (1480 kms)
 H : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 615 kms 615 kms straight distance | 22hrs 49mins 22hrs 49mins by car (1575 kms) | 27hrs 22mins 27hrs 22mins by bus (1575 kms) (1575 kms)
 I : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 780 kms 780 kms straight distance | 29hrs 29hrs by car (1980 kms) | 34hrs 34hrs by bus (1980 kms) (1980 kms)
 J : Saint Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana 481 kms 481 kms straight distance
 K : Canaima & Angel Falls - Venezuela 522 kms 522 kms straight distance
 L : Cayenne to Kourou to Saint Laurent - French Guiana 634 kms 634 kms straight distance
 M : Cayenne, French Guiana 680 kms 680 kms straight distance
 N : St Georges / Oiapoque Border - French Guiana / Brazil 773 kms 773 kms straight distance
 O : Oiapoque - Brazil 773 kms 773 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Georgetown, Best Sights & Things To See - Guyana, 3guianas:

Sleep In Guesthouse, Georgetown, Guyana - Large Photo
Sleep In Guesthouse, Georgetown, Guyana (April 2015 - 3 nights) - $50USD per night. A fantastic room with tv, aircon, wifi and private bathroom with hot water. Breakfast was included each morning. The staff are helpful and friendly. Located around the center but not on an easy road to walk along. A high class hotel but at half the price of other hotels of similar style. Very good value for money but not a budget hotel. I looked at a couple of cheaper options before deciding to stay here. Recommended if you want to be comfortable!

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