Barbados Landmarks

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

Sunbury Plantation House & Museum

In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. Click on the each name to obtain more information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting 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.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Cricket Legends Museum. It is Bridgetown, in southwestern Barbados. One of the many things the British have brought to the island of Barbados is the love of the game Cricket. This museum is the ultimate memorial to the game on Barbados, with their legends and memories featured in exhibits.

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 chart below summarizes more information about museums you might enjoy 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

St. John's Church

Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of places you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites during your time in Barbados.

A common landmark for vacationers is Cotton Tower Signal. It is located in St. Joseph Parish, in central Barbados. While there are several other signal stations on the island that you can enter for a panoramic view of Barbados, Cotton Tower is not one of them. Instead, a walk around the grounds might give you pause to think about what life would have been like for a soldier in charge of standing watch on the grounds over a century ago.

Another common landmark for vacationers is George Washington House. It is St. Matthias, in southwestern Barbados. The George Washington House offers a glimpse into how life was on Barbados is the mid-18th century, with each room recreated as to how it would have been during his stay.

St. James Church: The main attractions of this church are the stained glass windows, and a church bell with the inscription "God bless King Wiliam, 1969," which pre-dates the Liberty Bell by 54 years.

View the table below for more information on historic 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

South Point Lighthouse

Guests may enjoy some other worthwhile sites worth visiting on the island.

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 nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you might want to see Harrison Point Lighthouse. There are four lighthouses on the island of Barbados, with the most recently built one being Harrison Point Lighthouse on the Northwest coast. The lighthouse was constructed in 1925, and still stands tall, watching over the sea.

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 chart below provides you with more information on the other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.

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

Bear in mind that Barbados is home to other attractions. For more information about other attractions, read 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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