Queen's Park Savannah, Port Of Spain
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Address: Queen's Park E, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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About Queen's Park Savannah, Port Of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago is a little island country that is home to many influences, Spanish, Indian and British just being a few. One can see this riot of culture at Queen’s Park Savannah, as people play cricket and rugby during the day and polish off some rotis in the evening, all the while surrounded by stunning Spanish era architecture.
The Peschier family used this 260 acre space of grassy land to grow sugar, and at its heart lay the Peschier Cemetery. The entire area, except the cemetery, was bought by the City Council, who then turned it into grazing land. Soon, the area was turned into a public park meant for the people of Port of Spain. Ever since the early 19th century, the space has been source of joy and a peaceful place to enjoy at ones leisure. This leveled area is perfect for all kinds of sport, with just a ring of trees around its edge. A horse racing track allowed equestrians and racing lovers to unite, while pitches were creates for rugby, cricket and football.
Today, the Savannah is used for pretty much the same reasons. Joggers and walkers take full advantage of its great size, while other sports are played upon its grassy surface. In addition to it being a meeting point for the athletically inclined, it also serves as a visual point of interest for many thanks to the beautiful Spanish architecture present here, as well as other interesting shops and buildings that surround the Savannah at all sides.
- Nature lovers will gravitate towards the northern side, as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Emperor Valley Zoo are placed there. Those interested in historical buildings can visit the official residences of the country’s president and prime minister, as well as the Queen’s Hall.
- To southern side, is the Grandstand, a large area used for all kinds of colourful cultural events that was once used as a horse racing venue.
- The western side is where the real architectural beauties are, home of the ‘Magnificent Seven’. These gorgeous late Victorian buildings consist of a college, the residences of the Bishop and Archbishop and other ornate chateaus that are as beautiful as the flowers that grow upon the Savannah.
Make your way through people playing ball and nature lovers picnicking in the grass and find yourself at the centre of Queen’s Park Savannah, the Port of Spain’s largest open space (and the biggest traffic roundabout in the world!)
Queen's Park Savannah Information
- You’ll find vendors of oyster, corn and coconut here.
- Fridays and Saturdays are the best days to go.
- There are a lot of music concerts that take place here.
- Take a St. Ann’s taxi at the taxi stand located at the corner of Hart and Frederick Streets and the driver will drop you off directly in front of the compound.
How To reach Queen's Park Savannah by Public Transport
- At the Public Transport Service Corporation’s hub at City Gate in Port of Spain, hourly scheduled buses proceed along the Queen’s Park Savannah from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
Restaurants Near Queen's Park Savannah
- Chaud’s Restaurant (Creole)
- Ipanema Restaurant and Lounge (Brazilian, Contemporary)
- Jenny’s on the Boulevard (Chinese)
- Battimamzelle (Caribbean)
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Queen's Park Savannah, Port Of Spain Reviews
I attended the Army Fete. This open air event was expected to have 15k in attendance being the last of the "people's fetes". The entrances were large if far apart and patrons moved through security quickly. The "special reserve " section had its own bar, food stations and Andy loos which remained stocked and clean. The grounds were surprisingly dry despite earlier rains. Billed as the "safest fete in carnival " it did not disappoint. People and property were secure without an overwhelming police/security presence. Officers to aid direct traffic at the end would have been welcomed. The Savannah as a venue held up to the many, many performers and large but manageable crowd.
Whether you're going to play, exercise or just have a picnic this is a great place with enough space for everyone. There are also a number of nearby attractions like the Botanical Gds, Memorial Park, Emperor Valley Zoo and National Academy for the Performing Arts, just to name a few. Also, it's actually recorded as the largest roundabout in the world. The only issue in some parts is a lack of parking.
Nice big Savannah, world's largest roundabout. Great for walking, hosts the best show on earth every Carnival season. Vendors on all sides, restaurants and views of the northern range, old Victorian era houses. Nice place to drive around.
I grew up in the Savannah playing soccer and cricket. The scenic Hollows of local trees and vegitation is in the North-Western part of the Savannah. The Botanic Gardens are also near by. The Zoo is not far away but outside of the Savannah. To the Hilton Hotel, sometimes referred to the up-side-down hotel is walking distance to the right of the Hollows. The communities of St Ann's, Cascade and Belmont are also within walking distance. If one feels like taking a hike, Mount Hololo is also within walking distance but the meandering inclines and declines will challenge you endurance. Generally, this area of Port of Spain is very attractive and interesting to all locals and visitors. Try it , you may like it.
Love this green space on the middle of our capital city! And love to see the families enjoying the space as well. While it's nice to see some small sporting events, make sure they stay this way and don't escalate so much that the savannah is compromised.