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.
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, 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.
If you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation on Barbados. To see more information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.
Many travelers choose to visit Sunbury Plantation House & Museum. It is located within St. Philip Parish, Barbados. The Sunbury Plantation House is over 300 years old and was the home of a very early settler on the island. The house changed owners many times.
Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Cricket Legends Museum. It is Bridgetown, in southwestern Barbados. The museum space at Cricket Legends Museum is filled with memorabilia that dates back to the early 1990s. Autographed bats, uniforms worn in championship games, and, the museum's prized possession, the ball bowled by Wes Hall in the first hat-trick by a West Indian, are all on display here.
St. Nicholas Abbey: St. Nicholas Abbey takes you back over three centuries to a time when Barbados was just beginning its long relationship with sugar cultivation. Start your adventure with the abbey's 18 minute film that showcases life on the island during the 1800's and 1900's.
The following table provides you with more details regarding museums you might enjoy on the island.
|Arlington House Interactive Museum||(246) 422-4064||0.2 mi. South West 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|
|(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|
|(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) 432-0100||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|
If you enjoy learning about the history of a foreign country, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions while vacationing in Barbados.
A common landmark for vacationers is Cotton Tower Signal. It is found in 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 common landmark for vacationers is George Washington House. It is St. Matthias, in southern 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 minute to read the table just below to read more about historic sites on the island.
|Bush Hill House||(246) 228-5461||Bridgetown|
|Charles Fort||--||1.3 mi. South of Downtown Bridgetown|
|Cotton Tower Signal||--||St. Joseph Parish, Central Barbados|
|(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|
|--||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. West-Northwest 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|
Guests may experience some other interesting places worth visiting on Barbados.
If the more functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you might enjoy seeing South Point Lighthouse. The tower leading to the top of the South Point Lighthouse is closed to the public, but guests are welcome to tour the surrounding grounds, a well kept park that is popular for picnicking.
Additionally, if the functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you might want to visit 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: Built in 1855, Needlhams Point Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse on the island of Barbados. Although this lighthouse once played a serious role in safely guiding ships ashore under cover of darkness, today is stands as a popular attractions on the grounds of the Hilton Barbados Hotel.
The table right below enables you to learn more details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to travelers.
|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|
|Scenic Trail||2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown|
|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|
|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 would prefer having a wider variety of points of interest beyond this category, you might want to look beyond these choices. Those needing to find more details about other attractions by clicking here.
Barbados is home to one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere. The original house of worship,, 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.
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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