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. 

Museums

Tyrol Cot Heritage Village

In case you like to become more aware of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Bridgetown. You can click on the museum names to see more information.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Cricket Legends Museum. It is situated in Bridgetown. 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit Barbados Museum and Historical Society. It is located in Bridgetown. The Barbados Museum is also home of the Barbados Historical Society and their joint mission is to preserve the history of the people of Barbados. The museum itself is steeped in history as the site used to be an old military prison.

Barbados National Heroes Gallery: The museum is open 9:00am until 4:00pm throughout the week, except for Tuesday and Sunday, when the museum is closed.

The chart right below enables you to learn a few details regarding museums you might enjoy in the area.

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 about the historical roots of places you visit? If so, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites during your stay.

A landmark worth visiting is George Washington House. It is found 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.

An alternative landmark could be Wildey House. It's a historical site on the edge of Bridgetown. The Wildey House has normal business hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Bush Hill House: The Bush Hill House is the only house outside of the continental United States where George Washington ever lived, making this a popular attraction amongst visitors from the U.S. Today, the property has been restored to replicate President Washington's living conditions during the time he was on the island in 1751.

Be sure to look at this table for more information on historical sites in Bridgetown.

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

Vacationers can experience some other worthwhile places to visit in Bridgetown.

If the nitty gritty aspects of living by the sea interest you, you should think about visiting 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.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Independence Arch. It is located in 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 chart right below provides you with more details on other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.

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
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

Keep in mind that there are plenty of other kinds attractions available. To read our complete guide to other attractions, read this article.

 

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