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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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Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill

Maintained by the Barbados National Trust, the mill includes an exhibit of the equipment used to produce sugar at the time when the industry was run by windpower generated from mills such as this one. 
St. Andrew
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National Heroes Gallery and Museum of Parliament

National Heroes Gallery and Museum of Parliament

The Parliament Museum is open to all! Guided tours are conducted subject to availability. Persons can attend debates, tour the buildings and see the Clock Tower.
St. Michael
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National Heroes Square

National Heroes Square

The square's beautiful and historic ambiance makes it a perfect location for many cultural events, and is a main attraction for tourist to take photos of historic buildings and monuments, or just to sit, relax and enjoy the bajan culture.
St. Michael
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On The Wall - Champers

On The Wall - Champers

Managed by Vanita Commisiong, this art gallery features original paintings and other works of art at the prestigious Champers Restaurant.
Christ Church
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On The Wall - Earthworks

On The Wall - Earthworks

Located in the heart of the island, Earthworks Pottery is the place to go if you want to purchase a unique, Barbadian handmade gift.
St. Thomas
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Queen's Park Gallery

Queen's Park Gallery

Queen’s Park Gallery is temporarily located in the heart of Bridgetown in the Pelican Craft Centre. The Gallery features works in all media by well-established and emerging visual artists in Barbados.
St. Michael
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Red Clay Pottery

Red Clay Pottery

From mud to masterpieces, Red Clay Pottery makes everything in clay mugs, jugs, plates, sculptures and flower pots.
St. Michael
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Richard Haynes Boardwalk

Richard Haynes Boardwalk

Perfect for a romantic afternoon stroll, Richard Haynes Boardwalk runs along the south coast between Camelot and Accra beach.
Christ Church
Sion Hill Plantation

Sion Hill Plantation

A family run business of 5 rental apartments and 100 acres of agricultural land. Three generations of descendants live on the historic property,  owned since the late 1800’s. 
St. James
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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.
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