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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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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 his country and Bush Hill House the only house he ever lived...
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Gun Hill Signal Station & Fusiliers Cafe

Gun Hill Signal Station & Fusiliers Cafe

These stations sighted ships approaching Barbados and signaled to each other in warning of the approaching vessel. To facilitate communication in the days before telephones, signal station sites were chosen for their long, clear views of other hilltop stations.
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Highland Pottery

Highland Pottery

Highland Pottery is located in the Scotland District, where red 'terra cotta' clay abounds. Many of the items in the store are hand crafted and moulded on site.
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Historic Speightstown Experience

Historic Speightstown Experience

An enlightening and entertaining walking tour of Barbados' second largest town, founded in 1653. Rich in history with many picture points.
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Ilaro Court

Ilaro Court

Official residence of the Prime Minister of Barbados
St. Michael
Manipura Art Gallery

Manipura Art Gallery

An idyllic location on a 300-year-old dairy farm. Residents and tourists can interact while enjoying healthy local food and beautiful Caribbean Art at the twice monthly Manipura Mixers.
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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. 
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Muscovado Bar & Restaurant

Muscovado Bar & Restaurant

Centred around the training and refining of their students, you’ll find Muscovado’s local and Caribbean cuisine to be as creative as it is delicious. Their focus is locked on superior service and serious flavour.
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Naru Restaurant & Lounge

Naru Restaurant & Lounge

Settles steps away from the foamy sea shore, Naru Restaurant and Lounge serves an exciting blend of Caribbean Cuisine, Sushi and traditional Japanese dishes.
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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.
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