Landmarks in Speightstown

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Buildings that date back to the original time of settlement of Barbados line the streets of Speightstown, making architecture the focal point of local landmarks.  Outside of these buildings, this town has done well welcoming the modern era while still remaining proud of its heritage through museums and historic homes which allow for an interactive view of the way things once were. 

Museums

Arlington House Interactive Museum

If you enjoy learning about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Speightstown. To get complete information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

One popular destination is Arlington House Interactive Museum. It is located in Speightstown. Enjoy this preserved seventeenth century building which was once the home of a prosperous merchant. Local history of the town and the plantations that surrounded it can be discovered here.

Another landmark worth visiting is St. Nicholas Abbey. It is located in St. Peter Parish, 4.0 mi. East-Northeast of central Speightstown. Take a guided tour of the beautiful plantation house and view antiques from the home's 350 years of history. Then take a self-guided tour of the grounds, including the rum distillery where St. Nicholas Abbey Rum is produced.

Folkstone Museum: Check out aquariums full of rare sea creatures and then enjoy the park's recreational area featuring tennis courts, picnic areas, a snack stand to get refreshed and snorkeling and diving opportunities.

The following chart enables you to get more details concerning some museums you might enjoy in and around Speightstown.

Museums In and Around Speightstown
Name Phone Location
Arlington House Interactive Museum (246) 422-4064 0.2 mi. South West of Central Speightstown
Folkstone Museum (246) 422-2871 4.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum (246) 432-0100 4.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Speightstown
St. Nicholas Abbey (246) 422-8725 4.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Speightstown
Tyrol Cot Heritage Village (246) 424-2074 9.0 mi. South of Central Speightstown

Historical Sites

St. Peter's Church

Do you like learning some of the history of foreign countries? If yes, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions during your stay.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit St. Peter's Church. It is situated at St. Peter Parish Church and located in Speightstown. Originally built in 1629, St. Peter's Church was one of the original six parishes built on the island. Over the years, many renovations occurred, the latest being in 1837, and now visitors enjoy driving by to view the beautiful historic architecture.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station. It is found in St. Andrew Parish, 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of central Speightstown. Long before cell phones and the Internet, the people of Barbados used signal towers to warn groups of people across the island of any dangers that lurked in the area. Grenada Hall is one such signal station, which now stands as a landmark where visitors can learn about the island's military history.

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill: One of only two entirely intact and restored sugar mills in the entirety of the Caribbean is located on Barbados. That sugar mill is called Morgan Lewis.

Take a minute to read the table below to see sites of historical interest in and around Speightstown.

Historic Sites In and Around Speightstown
Name Phone Location
Cotton Tower Signal -- 7.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Speightstown
Fisherpond Great House (246) 433-1754 8.1 mi. Southeast of Central Speightstown
Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station -- 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Speightstown
Gun Hill Signal Station -- 9.3 mi. Southeast of Central Speightstown
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill (246) 426-2421 4.7 mi. East of Central Speightstown
St. James Church -- 4.1 mi. South of Central Speightstown
St. Peter's Church -- 0.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Speightstown

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors will explore some other intriguing local landmarks close to Speightstown.

If the nitty gritty aspects of maritime life interest you, you should think about visiting Harrison Point Lighthouse. There are four lighthouses on the island of Barbados, with the most recently built one being Harrison Point Lighthouse on the Northwest coast. The lighthouse was constructed in 1925, and still stands tall, watching over the sea.

Another landmark worth visiting is Holetown Monument. It is located in Holetown, 4.5 mi. South of central Speightstown. In honor of the first English landing in Barbados, which took place in 1625 by Captain John Powell, the Holetown Monument was erected. A well recognized landmark in Holetown, each year the opening celebrations for the annual Holetown Festival take place here.

3Ws Monument: Worrell, Walcott, and Weekes; three cricket players who are legends in the Bahamas. The 3Ws Monument is built in honor of them, featuring busts of all the players surrounded by a small garden.

The following table enables you to get some key facts regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Speightstown
Name Type Location
3Ws Monument Monument Wanstead, 7.9 mi. South of Central Speightstown
Harrison Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.0 mi. North of Central Speightstown
Holetown Monument Monument 4.5 mi. South of Central Speightstown

Of course, Speightstown has other attractions. To read our complete guide to other attractions, click here.

 

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