Barbados Sights

The terrain changes dramatically from each of the island's 11 parishes to the next, and so does the pace. Bridgetown, the capital, is a busy and fairly sophisticated city. West-coast resorts and private estates ooze luxury, whereas the small villages and vast sugar plantations found throughout central Barbados reflect the island's history. The relentless Atlantic surf shaped the cliffs of the dramatic

east coast, and the northeast is called Scotland because of its hilly landscape and broad vistas. Along the lively south coast, the daytime hustle and bustle produce a palpable energy that continues well into the night at restaurants and nightspots.

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Barbados Concorde Experience

  • Museum/Gallery

The Concorde Experience focuses on the British Airways Concorde G-BOAE (Alpha Echo, for short) that for many years flew between London...

Barbados Museum

  • Library/Archive

Established in 1933 in the former British Military Prison (1815) in the historic Garrison area, this intriguing museum has artifacts...

George Washington House

  • Historic District/Site

George Washington slept here! This carefully restored and refurbished 18th-century plantation house in Bush Hill was the only place where...

Nidhe Israel Synagogue

  • Museum/Gallery

Providing for the spiritual needs of one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the Western Hemisphere, this synagogue was formed by Jews...

Parliament Buildings

  • Government Building

Overlooking National Heroes Square in the center of town, these Victorian buildings were constructed around 1870 to house the British...

Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

This museum is in an old boiling house in the yard of the Portvale Sugar Factory, one of two sugar refineries still in operation in Barbados...

St. Michael's Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Although no one has proven it, George Washington is said to have worshipped here in 1751 during his only trip outside the United States.

St. Nicholas Abbey

  • House/Mansion/Villa

The island's oldest great house (circa 1650) was named after the original British owner's hometown, St. Nicholas Parish near Bristol,...

Sunbury Plantation House and Museum

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Lovingly rebuilt after a 1995 fire destroyed everything but the thick flint-and-stone walls of this 300-year-old great house, Sunbury...

Tyrol Cot Heritage Village

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This coral-stone cottage just south of Bridgetown, constructed in 1854, is preserved as an example of period architecture. In 1929, it...

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