Guided Walking Tours Full Of History, Flavour & Intrigue
H.R.H. Prince Harry pictured above sharing a laugh
with Falmouth Heritage Walks' Lead Guide, Alfray.
Falmouth was on Prince Harry's List...
Whether you arrive by land or by sea, the only way to truly experience the historic town of Falmouth is to explore it on foot.
Falmouth is a historic port town, located between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay on Jamaica's north coast, and is perfectly laid out to be explored by walkers. Founded in 1769, this architectural gem boasts the finest collection of Georgian architecture in the Caribbean, and has been listed as one of the world's 100 most endangered monuments four times in the last decade.
The story of Falmouth begins when "sugar was king" and it quickly became a very busy port and quite a wealthy town from the profits of sugar, rum and slavery. The evidence of the the town's prosperity was reflected in its architecture, some of which is still visible today, but history reveals to us other notable facts not so visible. For instance, Falmouth had running water before New York City, piped from a reservoir that was located in the centre of town. Also, the quintessential romantic poet of the Victorian era - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was very closely connected to Falmouth through her great-grandfather Edward Barrett, one of the two main developers of the town in the late 1700s. Of significance is the role the town played in the movement to abolish slavery as it essentially served as its headquarters, led by men like William Knibb, the "Great Emancipator", who is buried at the Baptist Church in Falmouth.
Long before a cruise ship terminal was conceptualized for Falmouth, this historic town has attracted much interest. Through the efforts of international bodies such as the World Monuments Fund, the International International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and our very own Falmouth Heritage Renewal, a number of field schools in historic preservation and archaeological digs have been undertaken, all leading to increased awareness of the hidden treasures of this town. For Edward Chappell of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, who has been visiting the town for the last 20 years, the big appeal of Falmouth is "the unity and spectrum of design of the pre-industrial structures, as it reflects diverse culture and division."
Are you ready to walkabout yet?
Then Falmouth Heritage Walks would be delighted to introduce you to historic Falmouth. Our tours are designed for the discerning visitor who prefers small groups, and seeks a rewarding cultural experience rich with information and interaction.
Falmouth Heritage Walks is licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, and has been operating a walking tour of the Falmouth historic district since February 2011. We have now expanded our package of tours to offer you three ways to explore the town with us:
Falmouth Heritage Walking Tour - Our signature walking tour for history lovers. Learn More»
Falmouth Food Tour - A culinary walking tour introducing the tastes and flavours of authentic Jamaican food. Learn More»
Falmouth Jewish Cemetery - For an intriguing visit to a Jewish site of memory. Learn More»
We are a proud member of the Georgian Society of Jamaica and work closely with Falmouth Heritage Renewal, a non-profit organization concerned with preserving the cultural and historical heritage of Falmouth.