Places of Interest

St Nicholas Abbey

 

St. Nicholas Abbey’s great house, constructed by Benjamin Berringer in 1658, is one of just three Jacobean style mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the finest historic sites in Barbados.

This charismatic 17th Century Plantation House, enclosed by a 400 acre estate, is located within the rugged Scotland District, in the Parish of St Peter, boasting magnificent views across the islands South Eastern coast from Cherry Tree Hill. Rich with history a 2-3 hour tour of the abbey will transport you back in time, to long balmy days of sugar harvest and the tumultuous dynamic of enslaved workers versus affluent lords of the plantation. 

Visitors to the Abbey, which in contrast to its name does not have a link with the church, may enjoy a guided journey of the main house and grounds; including a short film that provides a wonderful insight into the sites past. Next, learn about the estates distillery and watch the process of making Barbados's signature rum, complete with a sample or two of this tasty tipple to ensure that you can capture the true essence of the experience of course. Rum is available for purchase in the abbeys characterful shop and with the option to create a personalised label makes a perfect gift for your special someone. 

If you are planning a trip to St Nicholas Abbey be mindful that rum demonstration runs Monday to Thursday and on Sundays only. There are also a number of seasonal events held on site throughout the year, including magical moonlight dinners during nights of the full moon and carols in the lead up to Christmas. 

With an enchanting backdrop of tropically inspired gardens and sweeping mahogany trees St Nicholas Abbey makes an idyllic setting for Weddings and the house has a specialist event team who strive to ensure that you have an exceptionally special day. If you are thinking of getting married in Barbados, we would be delighted to share our thoughts on the islands most romantic offerings. Contact us for a chat. 

 

               

 

 

 

Speightstown mural 

 

This fabulous piece of street art, tucked away in the discerning location of prince Alfreds lane, just off the promenade in Speightstown St James, is sure to leave you feeling inspired.The mural depicts the essence of Bajan life and illustrates the all embracing spirit with which the people of Barbados approach tourism on their island. 

 

    

 

 

Hunte's Garden

 

Situated a half hour bus ride, or twenty minute taxi ride from Bridgetown, on the West Coast of Barbados is Hunte's Garden. As its name suggests this tranquil space is an attentively curated garden, tended to passionately by its owner, Anthony Hunt; a keen horticulturist and his small team. If you enjoy gardening, serenity and meandering amongst beautiful colourful plant life then this is a wonderful place to spend a few hours, with Mr Hunte's warm hospitality enhancing its charm. These unique gardens have been developed from a sink hole and whilst relatively new having been grown only within the past ten years, the lush foliage and trees which stand tall amongst a range of carefully selected orchids and tropical flowers appear extensively matured. 

 

                     

 

 

Andromeda Botanic Gardens

Located to the East of Barbados in Bathsbea, within the parish of St John are the beautiful Andromeda Gardens. Part of the Barbados National Trust, these charming historic gardens offer a wide array of horticultural delights amidst serene windy pathways, tranquil trickling streams and an abundance of wildlife. Whilst wandering through lush vegetation you are likely to spot a number of rare forms of plant life and trees, some of which are not otherwise present in the Caribbean. You are sure to be intrigued, and mildly amused by the curious green monkeys who swing amongst their branches and cheeky birds who flit and glide overhead. Around you, floral scents and tropical sights will inspire the senses, and on careful inspection you are sure to spot a variety of creatively coloured insects and butterflies along each of your chosen routes. 

Similarly to the famed greek goddess Andromeda, the gardens are bound to rock. In this case it is the coral stone rock of St John's to which they are irreversably linked, hence their aptly selected name. The gardens were curated by mutli award winning horticultarilist Iris Bannochie, who just prior to her passing in 1988 bequethed the site to the national trust in order for others to share in her passion for many years to come.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Orchid World

 

Orchid World & Tropical Flower Garden is located in the parish of St James within a beautiful eight acre tropical garden, tucked amidst the sugar cane and lush Barbadian countryside. With an elevation of 810 feet, a number of vantage points present majestic views of the surrounding landscape and dazzling Caribbean Sea beyond. 

 

Once inside meandering pathways lead you through a tour of the enchanting gardens including several waterfalls, ponds, coral grotto and various green houses which are home to thousands of rare and wonderful orchids. Stunning tropical flowers can also be seen throughout the gardens, where thoughtfully placed benches provide a tranquil spot to reflect and enjoy the surrounding beauty. 

 

Each path offers a new sights and floral delights within a serene garden setting. Visitors may also browse the gift shop, relax on an intimate terrace overlooking the gardens, or enjoy a light snack and ice cold beverage from the garden bar. Orchid World & Tropical Flower Garden also makes a lovley setting for special occasions, being available for weddings and corporate events. 

 

                     

 

 

 

Harrisons Cave

 

The Parish of St Thomas is situated  to the North of the island, offering both lush green landscape and secluded sandy bays it is home to one of the most famous sites on Barbados; the mesmerising Harrison’s Cave. Unique within the Caribbean and claimed to be one of the wonders of the world a magical excursion encompassing half a miles tram ride will allow you to experience the spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls and the mystical wonders of this natural limestone cavern.

 

            

 

Animal Flower Cave

Located at North Point, in the parish of St Lucy, animal flower cave presents a truly enchanting insight into the wonders of nature. This magical cavern is home to a beautiful collection of sea anemonies, which when open give the illusion of tropical flowers amidst a dramatic rocky backdrop. From inside the cave visitors can enjoy a spellbinding view of azure waves through a natural window to the ocean, or enjoy a light bite high above the Caribbeans clear waters in the sites intimate restaurant, which offers a seasonal menu of inspired dishes with indoor and outdoor dining. Animal flower cave is open to visitors Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. 

 

      

 

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Take an unforgettable journey into the Barbadian jungle with the islands wild and exotic animals, at Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Here you can stroll amongst armadilo, acouti, pelicans, deer and various monkey species as they relish in their natural environment, along with a selection of tropical birds and reptiles, including flamboyant flamingos, enigmatic iguana and deadly pythons; the latter of which are securely enclosed. A unique and educational experience for the whole family, gain a new perspective of the animal world and all its wonders. Spanning over 4 acres of Mahogany Forest atop Farley Hill, in the parish of St Peter the reserve is open to visitors all year round, from Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. We would recommend arriving prior to 2pm to ensure that you do not miss the monkeys as they come out for their lunch. 

 

            

 

 

 

Our Barbados based team have first hand experience of many popular spots across the island and would be pleased to share these with you prior to your trip. If you woild like further details of places to visit please contact us and we will do our utmost to ensure that activities are tailored to create your dream Barbados escape. 

 

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