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Barbados’ Cultural Influences
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Barbados’ Cultural Influences

Also known as ‘Little England’, Barbados’ British heritage has impacted immensely on Caribbean Culture.  Barbados’ capital historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Also known as ‘Little England’, Barbados’ British heritage has impacted immensely on Caribbean Culture.  Barbados’ capital historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tropical paradise is best known for its Mount Gay Rum, Crop Over Festival, world-class beaches, charming communities and perfect weather.

Barbados’ culture, coupled with its African and English roots, has shaped our traditions. Experience our exquisite cuisine, timeless architecture and highly skilled artisans. Don’t just read about it, come and explore this diverse world!

A tour of places within the UNESCO World Heritage designation, such as The Barbados Museum or George Washington House, will give you a taste of Barbados’ history and culture. Our picturesque landscapes may be explored with a Hike by the Barbados Natural Trust. The Rock Hall Freedom Monument, which commemorates the island’s first free village built and inhabited by ex-slaves, is a must see, to complete your history tour of the island.

Other cultural landmarks that may be explored during your stay with us are:

  1. Farley Hill National Park - Farley Hill was once the most profound mansion on
  2. the island, before it succumbed to fire. It was then reopened as a national park by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
  3. St. Nicholas Abbey – One of the only three Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere.
  4. Drax Hall Great House– The other Jacobean mansion on the island.
  5. Parliament Building – It is the third oldest parliament building in the Commonwealth.
  6. Nidhe Israel Synagogue – Built in 1700, it is the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere and the only synagogue on the island

Day 1

Barbados Museum & Historical Society

Barbados Museum & Historical Society

Housed in 19th century military prison buildings, the Barbados museum galleries reveal the islands rich history, culture and heritage.
St. Michael

Day 1

The Garrison Savannah

The Garrison Savannah

Close to Bridgetown and home to horseracing in Barbados, The Garrison Savannah was once a place British officers gathered to race their horses.
St. Michael

Day 2

Blackwoods Screw Dock

Blackwoods Screw Dock

A beautiful and unique historic site; the only remaining screw dock of its kind in the world featuring a historic Maritime Centre as well as Blackwood’s Tavern.
St. Michael

Day 2

George Washington House & Museum

George Washington House & Museum

The young George Washington and his ailing brother Lawrence resided in this historic plantation house, also known as Bush Hill House, for two months in 1751. Barbados was the only country ever visited by the future “First Father” of ...
St. Michael

Day 2

Ancient Mikvah and Jewish Synagogue

Ancient Mikvah and Jewish Synagogue

A small but world-class museum where findings are ongoing. Visitors should expect to see a work in progress, a visit to the adjacent synagogue and museum is recommended.
St. Michael

Day 3

The Mount Gay Rum Visitor Centre

The Mount Gay Rum Visitor Centre

The Mount Gay Rum Visitor Centre tour will give you a comprehensive guide through the history of the world’s oldest rum brand.

Day 3

The Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park

The Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park

The Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park is a more modern and computerized rum factory. The heritage park features beautifully landscaped gardens, art, craft shops and food and drink stalls.
St. Philip

Day 4

Arlington House Museum

Arlington House Museum

Arlington House is an educational and engaging three-story museum housed in a restored eighteenth century building.
St. Peter

Day 4

Farley Hill National Park

Farley Hill National Park

Once the site of a beautiful mansion built by Sir Graham Briggs for the entertainment of royalty including King George V in 1879, today Farley Hill has been designated a national park by Barbadian Government. 
St. Peter

Day 4

St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey, located in the parish of St.Peter, was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere.
St. Peter

Day 5

Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum

Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum

A permanent reminder of how sugar was produced, this museum now stands as a tribute to Sir Frank Hutson.
St. Peter

Day 5

St. John's Parish Church

St. John's Parish Church

Situated on a cliff overlooking picturesque east coast, the church was built in 1836 to replace the original building which was destroyed by the Hurricane of 1831. In the Church Yard rests Ferdinando Paleologus, descendant of Emperor Constantine the ...
St. John
     
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