Landmarks in Barbados

Forget club hopping; go landmark hopping in Barbados.

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True, your days in Barbados can easily be spent solely along the shore with your feet in the sand, relaxing in the sun. But for many vacationers, this is not enough. Fulfill the part of you that is curious about life on the island by touring some of Barbados most important landmarks.

Military Attractions

In 1780 the area behind St. Ann's Garrison was a swampy marshland used as a graveyard. The dead were burried in shallow graves, or left on top of the swamp to be absorbed after only a few days. At the beginning of the 20th century, many of these graves were dug up and moved to a cenotaph called the “Cross of Sacrifice.” The memorial is free, and open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cotton Tower Signal, Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station, and Gun Hill Signal Station were created as a way to send smoke signals to communicate throughout the island. They were constructed at strategic points across the island, and could also be used as lookout points. Many people visit Gun Hill Signal Station to catch a glimpse of the statue of a lion that was carved from a single piece of rock.

In Bridgetown, visitors can check out National Heroes Square, which is home to a war memorial, a fountain honoring running water on the island, and a monument for Lord Horatio Nelson. The square is located across the street from the Parliament Buildings, which are another site worth seeing, just the view the Gothic architecture alone.

Museums

Assuming you like to explore other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on Barbados. To learn complete information concerning each museum, just click on the name.

One popular destination is Sunbury Plantation House & Museum. It is located within St. Philip Parish, Barbados. With a restaurant, guided tours and gorgeous grounds and interior, this giant plantation house is worth visiting if the history of Barbados interests you. Rentals are available for private functions.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Cricket Legends Museum. It is Bridgetown, in southwestern Barbados. You can tour the Cricket Legends Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Barbados National Heroes Gallery: In addition to showing the history of Parliament, the museum also offer a breadth of knowledge on ten National Heroes of Barbados, people that include social activists, founding fathers, great artists, and other that have made Barbados into the nation it is today.

The table below lists some key facts concerning some available museums on the island.

Museums On Barbados
Name Phone Location
Arlington House Interactive Museum (246) 422-4064 0.2 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Barbados Concorde Experience (246) 420-7738 1.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central St. Patricks
Barbados Museum and Historical Society (246) 427-0201 1.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Barbados National Heroes Gallery (246) 310-5400 Downtown Bridgetown
Barbados Olympic Museum (246) 429-1998 3.0 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Cricket Legends Museum (246) 227-2651 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Folkstone Museum (246) 422-2871 0.5 mi. North of Central Holetown
Heritage Park and Rum Factory (246) 420-9954 2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Ocean City
Jewish Museum (246) 436-6869 Downtown Bridgetown
Mallalieu Motor Collection (246) 426-4640 Christ Church Parish
Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum (246) 426-2421 1.5 mi. East of Central Holetown
Springvale Eco-Heritage Museum (246) 438-7011 St. Thomas Parish
St. Nicholas Abbey (246) 422-8725 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central French Village
Sunbury Plantation House & Museum (246) 423-6270 1.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Church Village
Tyrol Cot Heritage Village (246) 424-2074 2.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bridgetown

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy learning about the historical roots of a foreign place, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions during your vacation.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Cotton Tower Signal. It is found within St. Joseph Parish, in central Barbados. Back in the 19th century the Barbados military utilized a series of signal stations to give island wide warning when a threat would occur. They were built on highly elevated ground both so that the military officers would have a good view of the surrounding area as they stood watch, and so that others would see their signals.

Another landmark worth visiting is George Washington House. It is St. Matthias, in southwestern Barbados. In 1751, many years before becoming the first president of the United States of America, George Washington spent two months on the island of Barbados. The George Washington House is where Washington stayed during that time.

St. James Church: One of the four oldest churches in Barbados, St. James Church is a favorite spot amongst tourists due to its location near the island's first settlement.

Take a look at the table below for more information about historical sites on Barbados.

Historic Sites On Barbados
Name Phone Location
Bush Hill House (246) 228-5461 Bridgetown
Charles Fort -- 1.3 mi. South of Downtown Bridgetown
Cotton Tower Signal -- St. Joseph Parish, Central Barbados
Fisherpond Great House (246) 433-1754 St. George, Central Barbados
Garrison Savannah -- 1.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
George Washington House (246) 228-5461 1.3 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Gravesend Military Cemetery -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station -- 1.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bawdens
Gun Hill Signal Station -- 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Applewhaites
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill (246) 426-2421 1.8 mi. North of Central Bawdens
St. Ann's Garrison (246) 426-8982 1.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
St. James Church -- 0.4 mi. North of Central Holetown
St. John's Church (246) 433-5599 2.5 mi. Southeast of Central Bathsheba
St. Michael's Cathedral -- Downtown Bridgetown
St. Peter's Church -- 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Speightstown
St. Philip's Church -- 0.2 mi. South of Central Church Village
Wildey House (246) 426-2421 2.6 mi. East of Central Bridgetown

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors can experience some other interesting sites worth visiting on Barbados.

If the nitty gritty aspects of maritime life intrigue you, consider heading to South Point Lighthouse. After being shown at London's Great Exhibition in 1851, the South Point Lighthouse was then disassembled and transported to Barbados where it was rebuilt as the first lighthouse on the island.

Additionally, if the functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you might enjoy seeing Harrison Point Lighthouse. Unfortunately, Harrison Point Lighthouse is not open to the public at this time, but the tower, reminiscent of a New England-style lighthouse, can be seen from miles away.

Needhams Point Lighthouse: Needlehams Point Lighthouse stands out as a stationary lighthouse, meaning that its light did not swoop around the coast as many other lighthouses have the tendency to do. Today, visitors are welcome to explore the grounds that the lighthouse stands on, but they are not permitted to enter the tower.

The following table provides some key facts regarding other kinds of places of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Barbados
Name Type Location
3Ws Monument Monument 2.7 mi. North of Central Bridgetown
Banks Brewery Visitor Centre Brewery 2.0 mi. East of Downtown Bridgetown
Dolphin Fountain In Heroes Square Monument Downtown Bridgetown
Emancipation Statue Monument 2.8 mi. East of Central Bridgetown
Errol Barrow Statue Monument Downtown Bridgetown
Harrison Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. South West of Central Archers
Holetown Monument Monument 0.0 mi. North of Central Holetown
Independence Arch Monument Downtown Bridgetown
Lord Nelson's Bronze Statue Monument Downtown Bridgetown
Montefiore Fountain Monument Downtown Bridgetown
Mount Gay Rum Distilleries and Visitor Center Distillery 1.2 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Needhams Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.4 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Ragged Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Apple Hall
South Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Atlantic Shores
Statue Of Sir Garfield Sobers Monument 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Statue Of Sir Grantley Adams Monument 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown

If you are seeking more attractions beyond just these, you might want to think about other possibilities. To navigate to our detailed page about other attractions, visit this page.

Religious Sites

Barbados is home to one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere. The original house of worship, Nidhe Israel Synagogue, was built in 1657, though the cemetery dates back to the 1630s. In 1831 the synagogue fell victim to a hurricane, but was rebuilt in 1833. Today, it is open to the public daily, and services are held on Friday nights.

Legend has it that when the United State's first president George Washington visit Barbados in 1751, he worshiped at St. Michael's Cathedral in Bridgetown. Though nobody has ever been able to prove it, visitors can visit this location, which is open daily to the public.

Other historic churches on the island include St. James Church, St. John's Church, St. Peter's Church, and St. Philip's Church.

The landmarks of Barbados are quite diverse. Whether you're interested in military or military history, architecture, religious sites, or agricultural production, you can find something to keep your interest.

 

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