Speightstown Landmarks

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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. 


Tyrol Cot Heritage Village

In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Speightstown. Just click on each place's name to learn detailed information.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Arlington House Interactive Museum. It is situated 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit St. Nicholas Abbey. It is found within 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: Learn about the marine flora and fauna of the area and then enjoy a snorkeling expedition on an artificial reef formed by a sunken ship.

The table just below summarizes more details concerning some museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

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) 426-2421 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 discovering the history of the places you visit? If so, you might want to visit some of these historical attractions while vacationing in Speightstown.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Peter's Church. It can be found at St. Peter Parish Church and found within 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station. It is found in St. Andrew Parish, 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of central Speightstown. Although signal stations are no longer necessary, their height makes them perfect for catching a panoramic view of the island. Grenada Hall has windows in every direction, giving off a panoramic view that is hard to come by.

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill: Visitors who tour the mill will be welcomed to explore an exhibit of the equipment used to produced sugar during the 18th and 19th centuries. Between the month of December and April, guests are even given demonstrations of how it was done, and offered a sample of the cane juice to taste.

View the table below for information concerning historic sites in and around the area.

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

Vacationers can explore some other worthwhile local landmarks nearby.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you should think about visiting Harrison Point Lighthouse. Unfortunately, Harrison Point Lighthouse is not open to the public at this time, but the tower, reminiscent of a New England-style lighthouse, can be seen from miles away.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Holetown Monument. It is found within 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 chart directly below provides you with some details regarding other kinds of places of interest to travelers.

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

Keep in mind, there are some other attraction types available too. For more in-depth coverage of other attractions, click here.


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