Ziggy Souls sings in Culture Yard First St.


Welcome to the  Trench Town Culture Yard web site! Visit this evocative historical site in person,  stay in touch with this pivotal part of Jamaica’s heritage here, visit us on Facebook, or share your experiences on TripAdvisor!

The blog, Wah Gwan, does just that — provides regular updates about what’s going on in and around the Culture Yard. There is also a detailed and growing historical account of the Trench Town Culture Yard. If you are thinking about visiting, there is information about how to get to the museum and what you can expect to see, hear and feel there. The site lists Odda Tings — other cultural links and resources, and welcomes any suggestions that will help the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum extend its community.

The Trench Town Culture Yard is an architectural and cultural museum. It was in this yard that the community leader, Vincent ‘Tata’ Ford lived. Bob Marley, arguably Trench Town’s best known resident lived here too. It was here that Bob Marley was taught how to play the guitar by Vincent ‘Tata’ Ford. It was here too that the very popular song `No Woman No Cry’ was co-written by Bob Marley and Vincent `Tata’ Ford, which recalled their experiences living in the yard. Bob Marley would also recall in song `Natty Dread’ his many trips from First Street to Seventh Streets. It was while living at number 6 and 8 First Street that the Wailers were formed and Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first album `Catch a Fire’ was recorded.

The Culture Yard today hosts a souvenir shop and a small museum which contains articles, instruments and furnishing used by Bob Marley. There are plans to refurbish and restore the buildings to their former glory and make this site an even richer heritage tourism destination.

The Trench Town Culture Yard was declared a National Heritage Site by the Government of Jamaica in 2007.