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History & Culture

The history of Barbados is unique, and we Bajans (the familiar term for Barbadians) are at ease with our past and proud architects of our future.

Start your Caribbean cultural holiday here with some interesting facts about Barbados:

  • Our island was colonised by the English early in the 17th century
  • Before then, Barbados was inhabited by Carib and Arawak Native Americans
  • Transformed by the plantation system and slavery, we were the world's number one sugar producer by 1650
  • Barbados is the oldest continuing parliamentary democracy outside England
  • We achieved universal voting rights in 1943 and opted for full independence from the UK in 1966
  • Our cultural roots are in the plantation slavery economy, a unique blend of West African and European
  • We speak English with a distinct accent, spiced with words in West African-English pidgin called Bajan

Enrich your Barbados experience by visiting some of our amazing historical places, including Gun Hill Signal Station, George Washington House and our Parliament Buildings in historic Bridgetown. Take time to look back in time.

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13°/59° at Port Ferdinand

13°/59° at Port Ferdinand

13°/59° at Port Ferdinand delivers a dining experience of international standards. We deliver evolving menus of tasting dishes with creativity and style.
St. Peter
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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
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Andrew's Sugar Factory

Andrew's Sugar Factory

The largest working sugar factory on the island, Barbados is renowned for producing some of the highest quality sugar in the world.
St. Joseph
Animal Flower Cave

Animal Flower Cave

This stunning sea­cave is located under the cliffs at the Northern Tip of the Island.
St. Lucy
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Archives Department

Archives Department

The Archives Department mission is to ensure organisation, efficiency and accountability by collecting, processing and preserving public and private records of Barbados.
St. Michael
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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
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ASIAN SPICE INDIAN RESTAURANT

ASIAN SPICE INDIAN RESTAURANT

Serving delightfully exotic authentic Mughlai dishes, this cuisine comes straight from the influences of north India, this wonderfully spicy food will have your mouth watering.
St. James
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Atlantis Restaurant

Atlantis Restaurant

Known for its Sunday lunch buffet, the Atlantis has built a strong, local following for its All Bajan Cuisine. 
St. Joseph
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Barbados Arts Council Gallery

Barbados Arts Council Gallery

Created by the government, the Barbados Arts Council serves a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art.
St. Michael
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