House of Parliament (Red House) Tours

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During the Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, Trinidad and Tobago decided to paint the government buildings of Port of Spain red in preparation of the celebrations. This resulted in the House of Parliament government building developing its nickname "Red House." Unfortunately, the original red painted House of Parliament burnt down in the 1903 from a fire that was an effect of the town's Water Riots. After the fire, the Red House was rebuilt and reopened in 1907, once again painted red.

Today, the Red House is still home to Trinidad and Tobago's House of Parliament and though government proceedings happen there, visitors can still visit it. One of the top aspects to see in the building is the ceiling in the Chamber, which has striking Wedgewood blue with white gesso work.

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Trinidad and Tobago's Parliament House is centrally located in Woodford Square in the island’s capital city of Port of Spain. Once in the square, it is hard to miss due to its red hue. If staying in Port-of-Spain, it’s easy to walk to Woodford Square. Those staying elsewhere on the island can opt for a day tour excursion to Port of Spain or rent a car to get there. 
Address: Red House, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Hours: Daily
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