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.
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
|--||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|
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.
|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|
|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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