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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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Barbados Concorde Experience

Barbados Concorde Experience

Concord won the hearts of many people around the world, come and discover the aircraft for yourself on Barbados’ very own British Airways Concorde G-BOAE.
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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
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Black Art Studios

Black Art Studios

An eco-friendly studio set in a traditional Bajan village, is home to two local artists, who produces exquisite handmade, indigenous wood and stone carvings.
St. James
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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
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Brocklands Gallery

Brocklands Gallery

Brocklands Studio Gallery sits on a breezy plateau high above and half a mile inland from Holetown on the west coast of Barbados, with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea.
St. James
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Cariba Restaurant

Cariba Restaurant

Cariba's Executive Chef and owner, Glen Bent has worked in five-star establishments worldwide, including the prestigious Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. He and his wife Faye have earned a loyal following and have created Cariba into the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere that it is. Glen's flair for the extrao...
St. James
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Codrington College

Codrington College

Patterned after an Oxford college, the Codrington College is the oldest Anglican theological college in the Western Hemisphere.
St. John
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Cotton Tower Signal Station

Cotton Tower Signal Station

One in a chain of stations set up by the British Army, this 19th century signalling station if now maintained by the Barbados National Trust as a historic site.
St. Joseph
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Frangipani Art Gallery

Frangipani Art Gallery

Located in the serene Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa, this gallery features the work of Venezeulan-born Marilda Weatherhead.
St. Peter
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Gallery of Caribbean Art

Gallery of Caribbean Art

The largest art gallery in Barbados in operation for the last 15years.
St. Peter
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