Barbados Sights

St. Nicholas Abbey

  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 10/12/2015

Fodor's Review

The island's oldest great house (circa 1650) was named after the original British owner's hometown, St. Nicholas Parish near Bristol, and Bath Abbey nearby. Its stone-and-wood architecture makes it one of only three original Jacobean-style houses still standing in the Western Hemisphere. It has Dutch gables, finials of coral stone, and beautiful grounds that include an "avenue" of mahogany trees, a "gully" filled with tropical trees and plantings, formal gardens, and an old sugar mill. The first floor, fully furnished with period furniture and portraits of family members, is open to the public. A fascinating home movie, shot by a previous owner's father, records Bajan life in the 1930s. Behind the great house is a rum distillery with a 19th-century steam press; cane grinding occurs Wednesdays and Thursdays February through mid-May. Visitors can purchase artisanal plantation rum, browse the gift shop's traditional Barbadian products, and enjoy light refreshments at the Terrace Café.

Sight Information

Address:

Moore Hill, St. Peter, BB26007, Barbados

Phone:

246-422–5357

Sight Details:

  • $17.50
  • Sun.–Fri. 10–3:30

Published 10/12/2015

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