Landmarks in Bridgetown

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Home to more patriotic landmarks than any other city on the island, Bridgetown is the perfect stop for tourists who want to learn about island culture and heritage before setting out and exploring the more natural attractions.  Here, there are several UNESCO World Heritage sites, ruins, museums, and government buildings worth visiting.  If cultural sites are your thing, plan to stay for a few days and get in as many stops as you can. 


Tyrol Cot Heritage Village

If you like to become more aware of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Bridgetown. Just click on each place's name to read additional information.

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

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Barbados Museum and Historical Society. It is located within Bridgetown. The Museum is open daily, with normal hours running from 9:00am to 5:00pm, except for Sunday when the hours are reduced to from 2:00pm until 6:00pm.

Barbados National Heroes Gallery: This museum opened in 2004, takes guests through the history of the Parliamentary process in Barbados, beginning in 1639 and continuing until this day. The Museum of National Heroes will show how the early Parliament progressed from being a tool of the nobility to the voice of the public.

The following table lists a few details concerning some available museums in Bridgetown.

Museums In Bridgetown
Name Phone Location
Barbados Museum and Historical Society (246) 427-0201 1.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
Barbados National Heroes Gallery (246) 310-5400 Downtown Bridgetown
Cricket Legends Museum (246) 227-2651 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown
Jewish Museum (246) 436-6869 Downtown Bridgetown
Tyrol Cot Heritage Village (246) 424-2074 2.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Bridgetown

Historical Sites

George Washington House

Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of foreign countries? If yes, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites during your vacation.

One popular destination is George Washington House. It is located within Bridgetown. 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.

A second choice is Wildey House. It's a historical site on the edge of Bridgetown. The Wildey House of Barbados was built in 1760 and throughout history was mainly a private estate. However, in the late 1990's the house was transferred to the Barbados National Trust, who made the house their headquarters.

Bush Hill House: Before he became the first president of the United States, the young George Washington joined his sick brother for a healing trip to Barbados, where the pair stayed in a plantation home now known as the Bush Hill House.

Check the following table to find out more about historic sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Bridgetown
Name Phone Location
Bush Hill House (246) 228-5461 Bridgetown
Charles Fort -- 1.3 mi. South of Downtown Bridgetown
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
St. Ann's Garrison (246) 426-8982 1.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown
St. Michael's Cathedral -- Downtown Bridgetown
Wildey House (246) 426-2421 2.6 mi. East of Central Bridgetown

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Independence Arch

Visitors will enjoy some other interesting local attractions in Bridgetown.

If the functional aspects of living by the sea intrigue you, you should think about seeing 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.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Independence Arch. It is located within downtown Bridgetown. Visitors are welcome to walk through the archway and admire the impressive piece of construction which honors he cultural aspects of Barbados is many difference ways. If you are able to visit during November when Barbados celebrates its independence, the arch is lit up in the island's national colors of blue and gold.

Mount Gay Rum Distilleries and Visitor Center: There are three main tours that you can go on while at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery. The first is the traditional rum tour, where you can view the process of rum making all the way from the sugar cane field to the barrel, while also taking a few different types.

The following chart has a few details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Bridgetown
Name Type Location
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
Hastings Boardwalk Scenic Trail 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown
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
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

Luckily, Bridgetown is home to additional attractions. Read this article regarding even more attractions if you'd like to learn more details.


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