HISTORIC Bridgetown and its Garrison

Barbados UNESCO World Heritage Site

On June 25, 2011 Barbados joined an elite group of nations with world heritage properties when Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This inscription is a tremendous feat for a small Caribbean island states. It presented the opportunity to address the obvious geographical imbalance in sites from Latin American and the Caribbean. UNESCO’s commitment to the identification, protection and preservation of the world’s cultural and natural heritage is enshrined in the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972).

Featured Attractions

  • BARBADOS MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
    BARBADOS MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
    Located in Barbados' UNESCO World Heritage Property, the Barbados Museum’s galleries are housed in 19th century military prison buildings and...
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    St. Michael
  • NATIONAL HEROES GALLERY AND MUSEUM OF PARLIAMENT
    NATIONAL HEROES GALLERY AND MUSEUM OF PARLIAMENT
    The clever use of interactive audio and video along with the exceptional high-quality exhibits make a visit to the Museum of Parliament and the...
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    St. Michael
  • 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...
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    St. Michael
  • THE GARRISON SAVANNAH
    THE GARRISON SAVANNAH
    The location is the Historic Garrison Savannah, close to the capital, Bridgetown. The Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing in...
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    St. Michael

Barbados UNESCO Attractions

Bridgetown is a port town and the capital of Barbados. Its central business district is the national centre serving as the primary focus for major office, parliamentary, and shopping services for the island. The Garrison is one of eight Cultural Heritage Conservation Areas on the island and represents a very distinguished era of military colonial history. Within the precincts of this Site, there are one hundred and fifteen listed buildings. The combination of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison represents a worthy collection of history, colonial and vernacular architecture and good elements of the art and science of town planning.
UNESCO Walking Tours and Tour Guides
Parks and Landmarks
Libraries and Museums
Historic Architecture
Arts & Crafts
Culinary Experiences
Shopping
Bridgetown Cruise Terminal

Directions to the Top 30 Barbados UNESCO sites

Please find below a geo location guide for various points of interest in the UNESCO World Heritage site - Bridgetown and Its’ Garrison. We have also included audio guides for select locations to further enhance your experience. Click Here to listen to an introduction to Bridgetown PLAY
  1. Parliament Buildings and Museum
  2. Blackwoods Screw Dock
  3. Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum
  4. Barbados Museum and Historical Society
  5. George Washington House and Museum
  6. St. Mary's Anglican Church
  7. The Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels
  8. The Barbados Military Cemetery
  9. The Warehouses
  10. Mutual Building
  11. The Old Town Hall
  12. Dolphin Fountain
  13. Montefiore Fountain
  14. Lord Nelson Statue
  15. The Cenotaph
  16. Errol Barrow Statue
  17. Independence Arch
  18. Codd's House Memorial Monument
  19. Grantley Adams Statue
  20. 50th Anniversary Monument
  21. The National Armory
  22. Garrison Clock Tower
  23. Garrison Tunnels
  24. Golden Square
  25. Old Fort and Light House - Hilton Resort
  26. Exchange Museum
  27. Church Village Green and Amphitheatre
  28. St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
  29. Cheapside Market
  30. National Library and Old Law Courts

UNESCO EVENTS

VIDEO GALLERY

Take a visual guide and immerce yourself into the heart of our World UNESCO Heritage Site; Bridgetown and its Garrison Barbados. These short videos take you behind the scenes of some of the worlds best kept secrets. 


Mercantile Bridgetown - One of the Oldest Cities in the Caribbean


Sacred Bridgetown - A multi-faith melting pot of cultures



Historic Architecture



Carlisle Bay - The First Port of Call on the island



St. Ann's Garrison - Headquarters of the British Army & Navy



1966 & Beyond UNESCO Heritage Site Bridgetown



Landmarks UNESCO Heritage Site Bridgetown



Bridgetown Museums - UNESCO Heritage Site Bridgetown



 

HISTORY OF BRIDGETOWN

The history of Bridgetown, from pre-historic Amerindian settlement through British colonization, emancipation, independence and up to present times, is a microcosm of the significant economic, social, and political transformation of Barbados through the centuries.


Pre-European


Archaeological findings at Port St. Charles indicate Amerindian settlement in Barbados reaching back to 1623 BCE. Detailed knowledge of pre-historic settlement in Bridgetown is not known, though excavations have found evidence of occupation within an area bounded by Fontabelle, Spring Garden (West), Suttle Street (North), the Careenage (South), and Graves End (East). All sites are recognized as having direct access to potable spring water. In fact, Bridgetown's central core was originally a swamp that was drained and later filled. Archaeological studies also confirm that the four major Amerindian ceramic cultures were present in Bridgetown.

     
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