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. 


Tyrol Cot Heritage Village

Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain more information about each museum, you can click on the name.

Many travelers choose to 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Barbados Museum and Historical Society. It is located in Bridgetown. With archives of paperwork from the Caribbean slave trade, a collection of half a million artifacts, beautiful grounds that offer their own history lesson and a museum gift shop to grab some interesting books about the region, this museum has a lot to offer.

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 chart summarizes some details regarding some available museums 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

In case you enjoy learning about the historical roots of foreign countries, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions while vacationing in Bridgetown.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit George Washington House. It is located in 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 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: 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 the following table to see 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

Guests can enjoy some other intriguing local landmarks in Bridgetown.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life interest you, consider visiting 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 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: 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 chart just below provides a few details concerning other kinds of attractions 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
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

If you are seeking more attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you should look farther afield. To read our detailed guide to other attractions, visit this page.


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