Set along the banks of the Demerara River Estuary, Georgetown is the capital of Guyana and boats a rich colonial heritage with delightful old British and Dutch architecture scattered along its tree-lined streets. Back in the 17th Century it was a Dutch colony, but when the British took control it was named Georgetown after the British monarch, King George IV.
- Watch a fine day’s play of Test cricket at the Georgetown Cricket Club
- Get carried away in the vibrant hustle & bustle of Stabroek Market
- Try a drop of the famously smooth El Dorado rum at the Diamond distillery
- Wander around St George’s cathedral, the world’s tallest wooden building
The principal highlight is St George’s Cathedral, which is the tallest wooden building in the world. Other architectural splendours include the Gothic style Town Hall and the Victoria Law Courts and St Andrews Kirk, the oldest surviving church in the country. The National Museum is also well worth a visit showing off the finest artwork in the country. The bustling port city is also home to the Demerara Harbour Bridge, the longest floating pontoon in the world.
The famous Stabroek Market is a fascinatingly colourful and vibrant bazaar selling vegetables and meat as well as every conceivable household item. The Botanical Gardens house one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are nicely laid out with ponds, canals and some kissing bridges. There is also a small zoo within the grounds.