Land attractions in Barbados Part 2

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St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey is located in the parish of St. Peter and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere that was built in 1658. We would advise you set aside at least 2 hours in order to take in everything St. Nicholas Abbey has to offer during their tours.

The tour includes the main house, where you can admire the architecture and historical furnishings, as well as the steam mill and rum distillery which are now in full operation (but only run on select days) and are used to produce St. Nicholas Abbey Rum. You may purchase rum and other sugar products at the gift shop. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with tropical flora while the natural gullies are home to Mahogany and Silk Cotton trees.

St. Nicholas Abbey is open Sunday to Friday from 10:00 AM  to 3.30 PM | Admission is BBD $35 for Adults  and BBD $20 for Children.

To find out more about St. Nicholas Abbey click here.

St. Nicholas Abbey

Earthworks Pottery

Situated in the central parish of St. Thomas is this unique pottery attraction . Earthworks pottery uses red clay to create their magnificent ceramic pieces that are hand-finished and hand-decorated with underglaze colours. They create a fully functional line of tableware as well as customised work such as house-name or number displays, and floor tiles. Their products are lead-free and food safe. Everything is dishwasher and microwave safe.

While visiting Earthworks Pottery you can see the 14 potters and painters at work creating the beautiful fun and functional pieces with vibrant colours. In addition, you will find the Batik Studio where you can see batiks being handmade. You can also visit On The Wall Gallery with pieces done by a talented Bajan Artist and relax at the Art House Café where you can sit on the open verandah overlooking the valley, and enjoy the sandwiches, salads, pastas and tropical drinks available.

Earthworks Pottery will pack any piece you wish to purchase for travel or they can arrange for it to be shipped to you at home!

Earthworks Pottery is open on Weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Admission is FREE!

For more information on Earthworks Pottery click here.

Earthworks Pottery

Mallalieu Motor Collection

For those enthusiastic car fanatics this one is definitely for you! Located at Pavilion Court, Hastings on the South coast of Barbados, is the island’s only “old car” collection. This automobile collection represents a history of motoring and motorsports on the island since 1957. The walls of the garage are covered with photographs including the islands’ first bus, police car, taxi and cars with interesting pieces of information pinned up alongside. The vehicles are all in good running order and are kept polished and tuned by an employee who is devoted to their daily care, beginning daily at 6:00 AM.

Some of the automobiles on display at the Mallalieu Motor Collection are a 1955 Rover 75, Allard P1, 1947 Bentley Drophead Coupe, a unique car built to order for Prince Bernhard of Nertherlands, Citroen Big 15, Triumph TR4, 1963 Volvo 122S, Chevrolet Master 6 (Canadian built) and many more.

Mallalieu Motor Collection is open Weekdays from 8.30 AM to 3.30 PM | Admission is BBD $20.

To find out more about The Mallaieu Motor Collection or get directions, call 426 4640.

Mallalieu old car display

For those of you who may want to learn more about the history of our island you should check out our museums…

Barbados Museum and Historical Society

Within the Museum’s 19th century buildings you can learn about the people of Barbados. From the earliest inhabitants, to folk life, there is something for everyone here. You can see artefacts on natural history, African artefacts, Barbadian Social history, decorative arts, and military history.

At the Museum’s Shilstone Memorial Library you can discover your family history and connections by looking at archival documents, genealogical records and much more.

The Barbados Museum is opened Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Sundays 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM |Admission for locals is FREE with your Barbados I.D card | All others admission is BBD $15 for Adults and BBD $7 for Children.

For more information on the Barbados and Historical Society click here.

Barbados Museum

George Washington House

Barbados is the only country outside of the USA where the 1st president of the United States ever resided. The house and outlying buildings have been restored by the Barbados National Trust to represent its 18th Century architecture, creating a heritage site on the historic Garrison that celebrates the visit and the role Barbados played in the settlement of America. This Barbados attraction is located by the Garrison Savannah on the South coast of the island.

George Washington House is open Weekdays from  9:00 AM to 4:30 PM | Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Admission is BBD $20.

For more information on George Washington House click here.

George Washington House

The Parliament Museum

Established in 1939 the Parliament of Barbados is the third oldest in the Commonwealth. The exhibition is located in the West Wing of the Parliament Building in the capital Bridgetown and tells the story of great achievements using interactive audio and video and pictures throughout.

The Parliament Museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Admission is BBD $10.

For more information on The Parliament Museum click here.

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Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum

Situated at the Herbert House in Fontabelle, St. Michael, just a stones throw away from the Kensington Oval, is a museum completely dedicated to the game of cricket.

A wealth of information becomes available to all persons who are interested in the history and legends of the game of cricket through the presentation of various displays and themed rooms. There is a portrait room, the walls of which are filled with photos of various cricketing giants from through the years. Each picture comes complete with a short biography and the main cricket stats associated with the picture’s subject. Some of the photos included in this room are of The Giants, Sir Everton Weekes, Joel Garner, Sir Conrad Hunte and Desmond Haynes.

Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum is open Weekdays from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM | Saturdays 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM | Admission is BBD $20.

For more information on the Cricket Legends Of Barbados Museum click here.

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Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum

The Nidhe Israel (Scattered of Israel) Synagogue is the earliest constructed synagogue which is still in use in the Western hemisphere. This museum was founded in 1654 and is located just a few minutes walk from Broad Street in Bridgetown.

A Mikvah (which means a ritual bath) was restored in 2010 and is confirmed as the oldest full immersion Mikvah fed by a natural spring in the Western hemisphere. The Mikyah was created prior to the building of the original synagogue. The tour of the museum and synagogue provides an enlightening and interesting experience of life in historical Barbados.

The Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum is open Weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Admission is BBD $25.

For more information about Nidhe Isreal Synagogue & Museum click here.

Synagogue and Museum

Mount Gay Visitor Centre

The Mount Gay Visitor Centre is the place to discover the mysteries and secrets behind Barbados’ finest and most celebrated spirit: 300-year-old Mount Gay Rum.

With three tours to choose from including a Signature Rum Tour, an interactive Cocktail Tour and a Bajan Buffet Lunch Tour, guests will experience the history of Mount Gay Rum. Guests will also be taken on a journey of our rich heritage and the time proven craftsmanship of the world’s oldest rum. Here you will see the distillation, aging and blending techniques for perfecting the rum.

For information on prices and times of the different tours click here.

Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre

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