Whether it be the forts, historic homes, or churches, British influence is prevalent on Bermuda. As visitors explore the island, they will view interesting feats of architecture, stand in sites of historic significance, and if they are lucky, learn a little something in the process
If you like to become more aware of other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Bermuda. To see more information concerning each museum, just click on the name.
Tucker House Museum: Learn about how prominent Bermudians lived their lives on the island during the turn of the 19th century when you visit the Tucker House Museum. The house was built in the 1750s, but it wasn't until 1175 that the Henry Tucker (President of the Governor's Council) and his family took up residence.
Another landmark worth visiting is Bermuda Maritime Museum. It is found within and located on Ireland Island North, Bermuda. The museum is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm but the last admission is at 3:00 pm for the tours.
Bermuda National Gallery: Watlington Collection The Watlington Collection is the core permanent exhibit, and features some of the European masters from between 1500 and 1850.
The table just below lists more information on some museums you might enjoy on the island.
|Bermuda Heritage Museum||(441) 297-4126||0.1 mi. East of Central St. George||St. David's Island|
|Bermuda Historical Society Museum||(441) 295-2487||Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Bermuda Maritime Museum||(441) 234-1333||3.3 mi. Northwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Bermuda National Gallery||(441) 295-9428||Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Bermuda National Trust Museum||(441) 297-1423||0.0 mi. South of Central St. George||St. David's Island|
|Bermuda Railway Museum||(441) 293-1774||Hamilton Parish, Central Bermuda||Bermuda|
|Carter House||(441) 293-1642||1.0 mi. South of Central St. George||Bermuda|
|(441) 297-1459||St. George, Northeastern part of Bermuda||St. David's Island|
|Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art||(441) 299-4000||1.2 mi. East of Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|St. George's Historical Society Museum||(441) 297-0423||2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||St. David's Island|
|Tucker House Museum||(441) 297-0545||2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||Bermuda|
|Verdmont||(441) 236-7369||Smith's Parish, Central Bermuda||Bermuda|
|World Heritage Centre||(441) 297-5791||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||St. David's Island|
Like learning about the history of places you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your stay.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Waterville House. It is located in Paget Parish, in central Bermuda. The historic Waterville House, built in 1725 and site of the first Trimingham Store, is now home to the Bermuda National Trust as well as a museum that gives tourists a glimpse into the every day workings of a well-to-do family of historic Bermuda.
Another popular destination is Old State House. It is St. George, in northeastern Bermuda. The public is free to visit the old State House, and will be able to read the various plaques and information cards to learn more about what they see.
Portuguese Rock: After years of damage both by nature and vandalists who would try and carve their own initials into the rock, Portuguese Rock was removed and put on display in a museum. Today, a bronze casting stands in it place.
Take a moment to look through the table below to find out more about historical sites on the island.
|Castle Island||--||2.8 mi. South of Central St. George||Castle Island|
|Commissioner's House||--||3.3 mi. Northwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Ferry Island Fort||--||0.8 mi. Northwest of Central Castle Harbour||Bermuda|
|Fort Cunningham||--||1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. George||Paget Island|
|Fort Hamilton||(441) 292-1234||0.4 mi. East of Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Fort Popple||--||1.5 mi. North of Central Cooper's Island||Bermuda|
|--||1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Fort Scaur||(441) 236-5902||4.9 mi. West of Central Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Fort St. Catherine||(441) 297-1920||3.1 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||Bermuda|
|Gates Fort||--||2.0 mi. North of Central Cooper's Island||Bermuda|
|Martello Tower||--||0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Castle Harbour||Bermuda|
|Old Devonshire Church||(441) 236-3671||1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Old Rectory||(441) 297-4261||2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||St. David's Island|
|Old State House||(800) 223-6106||2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||St. David's Island|
|Portuguese Rock||--||3.8 mi. East of Central Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Sessions House||(441) 292-7408||Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|--||0.0 mi. Southeast of Central St. George||St. David's Island|
|St. Peter's Church||(441) 297-8359||2.4 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||St. David's Island|
|Stocks & Pillory And Ducking Stool||--||2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||St. David's Island|
|Unfinished Church||--||2.6 mi. Northeast of Central Castle Harbour||St. David's Island|
|Waterville House||(441) 236-6483||0.8 mi. East of Downtown Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Whale Bay Fort||--||5.7 mi. South West of Central Hamilton||Bermuda|
Vacationers will explore some other intriguing sites worth visiting on the island.
If the nitty gritty aspects of maritime life interest you, you might enjoy visiting Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Climb the 185 steps to the top of Gibb's Lighthouse and take in the panoramic view of Bermuda's coastline. After a $365 thousand renovation, the lighthouse has been restored to appear as close to the original structure as possible, plus the project included an upgrade of the observation deck, work on the grounds, and features to make the property more handicap accessible.
Another landmark worth visiting is The Perfumery. It is St. George, in northeastern Bermuda. The Perfumery is open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and they are closed on Sundays.
St. Davids Lighthouse: Still standing tall and lighting the way for sailors who navigate the intrepid waters off the coast of Bermuda, St. Davids Lighthouse has been around for well over 100 years. The beam stretches out over 20 miles into the ocean at night, but during the day serves as a popular attraction for guests who yearn to see as much of Bermuda's country and seaside as possible in one swoop.
The chart directly below enables you to get more details concerning other kinds of places of interest to visitors.
|Children's Attraction||3.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hamilton||Bermuda|
|Gibbs Hill Lighthouse||Lighthouse||4.1 mi. South West of Central Hamilton||Bermuda|
|St. Davids Lighthouse||Lighthouse||1.0 mi. North of Central Cooper's Island||Bermuda|
|The Perfumery||Facility Viewing||0.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. George||St. David's Island|
Luckily, you'll be able to find additional attraction types available too. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, visit this page.
In St. George's Parish, visitors will find the oldest Anglican church site in the Western Hemisphere: St. Peter's Church. The original church, which was built in 1612, was destroyed in a hurricane, then rebuilt in 1713. The on-site graveyard is the final resting place of almost all of Bermuda's original settlers, and nearby is a slave graveyard. Just behind the church is the Old Rectory, which was built in 1705 by a reformed pirate.
|Hamilton||The 157-step tower gives visitors a panoramic view of the city.||441-292-4033
|Old Devonshire Church||Devonshire Parish||Silver dating back to the 16th century is housed here.||441-236-3671
|Sandys Parish||The alter faces west, instead of east (which is customary).||441-234-0834|
|St. Paul's Church||Hamilton||Locals believe a ghost haunts the building.||441-292-0505|
|Hamilton||Hosts Santo Cristo Parade.||441-292-0607|
|Unfinished Church||St. George||Was built to replace St. Peter's, but never finished.||N/A|
In order to protect the Royal Naval Dockyard, the British built a series of fortifications to surround the area. Today, this area is known .
Fort St. Catherine was the first major fort to be constructed on Bermuda, originally finished in 1614. Over the years it has undergone numerous refurbishments to keep the tunnels and towers in working order. Now the fort houses a museum that features dioramas of Bermuda history, as well as a small-arms exhibit, and a display of English's crown jewels (they are replicas). Visitors can also view an audiovisual presentation of the fort's defense system. Fort St. Catherine is located in St. George's Parish, and open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission costs $5(USD) for adults, and $2(USD) for children under the age of 12.
At the entrance of St. George's is guarded by the small Gates Fort. Gates Fort is a simple structure comprised of only two rooms that stood as a watchtower. Built in 1609, there is not much for visitors to see, but every so often cruise passengers are welcomed to the island with a ringing of the bell and a blast of the cannon that sits atop the tower. Gates Fort is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.
Also in St. George's Parish is Castle Island, which houses remnants of a fort from the 1600s. Though nature has overtaken much of the landmark, it is still a piece of Bermuda's history worth exploring. The fort area is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.., and admission is free.
Many years after settlement, in the 1870s, the British built Fort Hamilton as protection against American threats. The structure never ended up being necessary, but many visitors find it a pleasant place to visit, with it's moat, cannons, and ramparts. The on-site garden is also worth visiting. Fort Hamilton is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
Fort Scaur was another fort that was skillfully constructed during the uncertain times in British/United States relations in the 19th century. This fort stands tall atop Scaur Hill, as an inland fort to protect the interior of the island. The dry moat and panoramic views are the greatest draws to this site, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and free to enter.
Just behind Town Hall in St. George is the Old State House, which was built in 1620 out of turtle oil and lime mortar. The interior does not offer much to see, but a view of the outside makes for a nice stop on your tour of the island. If you are interested in how Bermuda's government works, you may prefer to visit the Sessions House in Hamilton, where the House of Assembly meets between November and May. Visitors are permitted to watch meetings in the galley.
A tour of the island's landmarks will allow vacationers a glimpse into what life on the island has been like over the years, which creates a deeper connection with the destination.
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