Devon House

Devon House, Kingston: Hours, Address, Devon House Reviews: 4.5/5

Devon House
Historic Sites • Monuments & Statues • Gardens
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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The 19th century home of George Stiebel, the first black millionaire in the Caribbean, Devon House presents a unique and extraordinary opportunity for multiple experiences in a center of excellence in the city of Kingston, Jamaica. It combines heritage, park facilities, restaurants and shopping for the best of what is authentically Jamaican. Here, the arts, education and entertainment co-exist to give Jamaicans and Tourists alike a space that appeals to all senses.
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51 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We came down from Mandeville using the Knutsford express coach and then got a cab to Devon House. We had planned to stay a bit longer but after waiting for the cab and waiting for the cab to collect us we only had about 2 hours.
We went to the steak restaurant on the veranda- the food was lovely and service very attentive but as the food was made to order we did have to wait (it was worth waiting for). After this, we only had a quick stop to grab some ice cream from "I Scream" and this was very tasty. We ate it on the coach on the way back home.
There was a coffee festival happening the day we visited and we didn't get a chance to enjoy the grounds. I would return.
I would recommend those visiting to have a couple of hours spare to walk around the beautifully manicured gardens. I'm glad we didn't bring a car- people were queuing to get the cars into the car park.
The toilets (restrooms) were very clean- I didn't see the sign on the way in but it asks patrons to grab their toilet roll/paper from outside the cubicles first.
There's also a kids area and some green spaces by the "I scream" place and a few families bought their own picnic blankets which I thought was a great idea!
Written April 2, 2022
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Yanita G
Toronto, Canada35 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
This was her first time at Devon House in Jamaica. We tried the beef, lobster, and shrimp patties. They were amazing. The dome/tent shape made these patty pastries hold more feelings inside. It had a wonderful light flaky crust which I adore. The filling was very flavourful it was not very spicy it had the right amount of spice and flavoring. I definitely recommend trying the lobster patties you had chunks of fresh lobster meat in it. It was a great experience definitely will return. We also had the fresh fruit juice in Apple, June plum, and coconut water. The apple and June plum was amazing and a must try. The coconut water was disappointing it tasted watered down. I was not pleased with that at all. We also tried a couple of the pastries we had the hummingbird cake which was a pineapple kind of remind me of a carrot cake with pineapple in it and spices with pecan and a cheese frosting it was quite delicious a bid on the street side but definitely good. The jelly roll was disappointing I think it was old it was a very or a bit tough dried. Did not enjoy it I didn’t finish that I threw that out. And the icebox cake I think it’s called it was delicious surprisingly it was the best it was like a fruit cocktail vanilla cake layered with frosting and rum it was quite delicious. That was my favourite out of all that we’ve tried. Overall the pastries are a bit sweet but definitely enjoyed it. The set up at seven horse is more like a small community and they have several shops kind of in a shape of a square there’s chairs that you can dine outside and enjoy the wonderful weather and sunshine there’s also shaded area I’m benches for you to sit on so it’s like a park setting and with his little shops on the side where you can indulge in his wonderful delicious treats. We were so full we didn’t get to try the famous ice cream. But we are definitely going to check that out when we hit or Ochi Rios.
Written March 6, 2022
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Amanza Campbell
New York City, NY15 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Now, not only does this place have an history, but the ice cream 🍦 it self will go down in history as something to be remembered. Basically, if you have not tried their 🧊 😱, half of your life is already gone. If you don’t believe me check Google. If that is still not enough, try searching it on National Geographic Site. Better yet, how about a trip to this wonderful neighborhood park in the middle of the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew and try any of their flavors for yourself. I especially recommend the Devon Stout flavor.
Even if you don’t like ice cream, you can still check out the many little food and gift shops wile you stroll about the grounds and enjoy the scenery of rolling hills in the distance and the business of the everyday life on the flat. Then you can stroll over to the Bob Marley or Peter Tosh museum, about 10 - 15 minutes walk, give or take, depending on your fascination with every thing else that is around you.
Written January 28, 2020
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Mount Holly, VT83 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Devon House shall remain an unknown as it was mostly closed all day Sunday. The grounds appear very pleasant but are also closed to visitors because of pre-covid "illicit activities" (?) there. The area with shops has been converted into a narrow plywood tunnel for "renovations" and most shops are closed on Sundays, just when people are free to visit. The I Scream ice cream shop was quiet until noon when a steady flow of customers came for their popular ice cream. My rum and raisin double scoop cone was excellent, a real rum flavor, worth the visit. Hint: if you want 2 scoops, get a single scoop and finish it before getting another single scoop cone and less ice cream will escape over your hand. The scoops are very generous!
Written April 10, 2022
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Lisa C
Hertford, UK21 contributions
Dec 2019
The lady who took us on the tour was spoke clear (as I am slightly deaf, had no trouble hearing her) and had a vast amount of historical knowledge, as she was asked some complicated questions and was able to answer them confidently (unfortunately I did not get her name).
It was a lovely positive story of how a black man in his own country was able to afford live like the "white folk".
It shows how the rich lived in that era and the history of Jamaica all rolled into one.

If you do not wish to go into the house the grounds are available to just chill as the grounds are amazing with some lovely little shops, i scream, Coffee shop (coffee made using a filter not like starbucks or costa). There was a food place along with a gift shop too, and possibly other little shops (I just cant remember).
The parking is free (if you drive) and there is plenty of seating areas just to take in the views and watch the world go by.
Written January 10, 2020
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Corralejo, Spain8,492 contributions
Dec 2019
First of all, don't believe Google Maps etc if you're walking. We'd come a long way and it was hot, so we were dismayed to be faced with a barred gate. Fortunately, as always, a passing Jamaican came to our aid and pointed us around the corner to the new entrance. Surely it wouldn't hurt to stick a notice on the gate???

The place has a great atmosphere and clearly does a lot for kids - they were just dismantling a Christmas activity area. Unfortunately, we discovered that there's no longer any regular live music there :( . But a few very cold beers saved our lives. And the grounds are really lovely.

We had a nice lunch in the Grog Shoppe restaurant (reviewed separately) but then things deteriorated somewhat. We wanted espresso coffee, which we've found is a major problem in Kingston. There was a coffee shop but we needed to queue twice and wait ages, and when it arrived it was undrinkable. Then we went on to what was supposed to be the highlight - ice cream. They wanted us to queue twice too, and decide exactly what we wanted before we'd even seen it! Maybe this is how you do things outside Europe (although it's only been like that iin America in our experience), but it isn't what we're used to. And when one of you has mobility problems it becomes downright intolerable, IMO.
Written January 9, 2020
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Michael C
Aberdeen, UK41 contributions
Dec 2019
A really enjoyable visit to Devon House accompanied by a guide. The house itself is beautiful and well maintained. It seemed to be quite extraordinary how the house builder and owner was able to replicate the designs and possessions of the wealthy classes in Europe.
Written January 11, 2020
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Deb P
5 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We ended up getting an unintentionally private tour of Devon House (with Julie). I say that because noone arrived at the same time as us and as it turns out no other tours noone were in the house at the same time as us.

Julie (our guide) was absolutely lovely! Great energy, very friendly and just a lovely soul. Toured us around every room, answered all of questions and even offered additional suggestions for us to check out (if we had more time in Kingston).

Absolutely beautiful building - if you like history and architecture then you should visit.

The courtyard was full of restaurants - would have been a great place to spend some time (unfortunately it was the last stop on our tour and we needed to head out). We made sure to grab a patty for the drive home - SO DELICIOUS.
Written March 3, 2020
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Alecia HW
Rapid City 42 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I had my wedding at Devon House and I cannot sing their praises enough. The staff, Janet White in particular, was exceptional. She was very involved, very detail oriented and went above and beyond to ensure that my day was perfect. I literally cannot thank Janet and her staff enough. Planning a wedding from overseas is stressful and she made it doable without a wedding planner. They have very inclusive wedding packages that are reasonably priced. The venue is beautiful with perfectly manicured lawns and a pristinely kept mansion. A mansion tour was included for the guests during cocktail hour. Use them as a venue, you will not be disappointed!
Written February 22, 2020
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Exeter, UK29 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We visited Devon House with family in July 2018 and absolutely loved it. It was like a mini paradise in paradise! The famous ice cream was really tasty, plenty to see and lots of space to play outside. It was lovely to see children and schools playing in the fields and felt like a friendly place to take young ones. Would fully recommend.
Written January 5, 2020
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