Bridgetown Landmarks

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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

If you like to become more aware of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Try clicking on the name of each museum to see more information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Cricket Legends Museum. It is located 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.

Another popular destination is Barbados Museum and Historical Society. It is situated 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: 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 table just below enables you to get more details regarding some museums worth checking out 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 like discovering the history of the places you visit? If so, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions while on vacation in Bridgetown.

Many travelers choose to visit 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.

A second choice is Wildey House. It's a historical site just 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.

Take a moment to read the chart below for information concerning historical 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 can discover some other worthwhile places worth visiting in this area.

If the nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea interest you, you should think about seeing 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 landmark that often intrigues visitors is Independence Arch. It is found 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: With all the rum punch you're likely to drink on Barbados, you may as well discover the history of your tropical indulgence. Mount Gay Rum claims to be the oldest brand of rum in existence.

The other kinds of landmarks in this area. are provided in the chart below.

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

Of course, there are other types of attractions. If you need to find more details about other attractions here.

 

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