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

Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Bridgetown. To read detailed information regarding each museum, just click on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Cricket Legends Museum. It is located in Bridgetown. The museum space at Cricket Legends Museum is filled with memorabilia that dates back to the early 1990s. Autographed bats, uniforms worn in championship games, and, the museum's prized possession, the ball bowled by Wes Hall in the first hat-trick by a West Indian, are all on display here.

Another popular destination is 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: In addition to showing the history of Parliament, the museum also offer a breadth of knowledge on ten National Heroes of Barbados, people that include social activists, founding fathers, great artists, and other that have made Barbados into the nation it is today.

The following table enables you to learn more details on museums you might enjoy 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

Like discovering the historical roots of countries you visit? If so, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your stay.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is George Washington House. It is situated in Bridgetown. The George Washington House offers a glimpse into how life was on Barbados is the mid-18th century, with each room recreated as to how it would have been during his stay.

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.

Review the table below for more information about sites of historical interest 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

Travelers will enjoy some other interesting local attractions in Bridgetown.

If the nitty gritty aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you might enjoy 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 worth visiting is Independence Arch. It is found 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 table just below summarizes some details regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.

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, you'll be able to find other kinds attractions available. To get more information on other attractions for Bridgetown, check out this page.

 

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