Things To See & Do
There are many things to see and do in the Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. It is the islands largest city and the center of its business and culture. With a metropolitan population of over 110,000 people and a rich history, there’s never a lack of activities and attractions for visitors. Bridgetown is a mix of Bajan culture and the modern world, with both vibrant street vendors and commercial complexes available for shopping trips.
The present-day location of the city was established by English settlers in 1628; a previous settlement under the authority of Sir William Courten was at St. James Town. Bridgetown is a major Caribean tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial and commercial centre for the region. It also hosts a busy port and the cruise liner terminal. The Bridgetown port, found along Carlisle Bay lies on the southwestern coast of the island. Downtown Bridgetown was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012 and is a must-visit when in the Caribbean.
The Chamberlain Bridge
The Chamberlain Bridge is a swing bridge located directly in the city centre of Bridgetown, Barbados. Named after Joseph Chamberlain, the former British Secretary of State for the Colonies, the bridge was constructed between 1865 and 1872. In 2006, the swing bridge was updated to a lift bridge, although some of the original bridge pieces still exist today. The southern entrance to Chamberlain Bridge is the Independence Arch, a monument celebrating the island’s independence from England’s colonies. Today, the bridge is one of the most popular spots for photographs and family pictures to remember the vacation to Barbados. Located beside the Chamberlain Bridge is a wooden boardwalk full of Bajan souvenir shops and restaurants, which is also part of the area’s charm.
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill is an interesting look at both the history of Barbados and how sugar has been traditionally produced in the Caribbean. Located in St. Andrew’s parish in the Scotland District, there are live demos of how sugar was created when it was run on wind power. These demonstrations happen from December to April, thanks to the Barbados National Trust. The 17th-century mill also has amazing views of the island and its surroundings and is a perfect spot for pictures to brag about when you get home.
Cheapside Street Market
Cheapside Street Market is one of the best fresh fruit markets in the entire Caribbean. Located beside the General Post Office on Cheapside Road. The open market is home to colourful, tempting fruit being sold by locals on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. At the Market, you’ll discover Bajan grandmothers cutting open home-grown coconuts for customers to enjoy. The Market is full of both tourists and Barbados residents alike. So it’s a great place to feel immersed in the island’s culture. In addition, other stalls include souvenirs available for purchase. For instance bags, hats, sundresses, t-shirts, artwork, and other hand-made one-of-a-kind goods.
The Mount Gay Rum Distillery
The Mount Gay Rum Distillery is a great choice to discover how rum is produced subsequently staying out of the sun for a few hours. Visitors are greeted with a Rum Punch and then set off on a guided tour of the history of the facility. After learning about the entire rum production process, you can sample several different types of premium rum. Most importantly at the end of the tour, you’re able to purchase their products. However, at a better price than the duty-free shops elsewhere on the island. Make sure not to come on an empty stomach!
St Michael's Church
St Michael’s Cathedral is the tallest of the Anglican churches in Barbados. So, it’s an excellent trip for visitors who enjoy learning about the island’s history and architecture. St. Michael’s was destroyed by a hurricane in 1780, then later re-built in 1789. In addition, was damaged by a second hurricane in 1831. It became a Cathedral in 1825 and was the first parish church. It’s still a regular place of worship today, but still raises money for building restoration. It’s the home of the biggest pipe organ in the Caribbean. However, it remains a place of worship for over 1600 people today. The graveyard houses mainly prominent Bajan figures and celebrities.
St Nicholas Abbey
St Nicholas Abbey is located in Saint Peter, and is a plantation house, museum and rum distillery built in 1658. This house is one of a very few genuine Jacobean mansions remaining. A recent addition to the facilities is the construction of a steam railway. This investment provides a stunning tour of the plantation and is a must see when visiting the island.
St John's Parish Church
This beautiful Anglican Gothic-inspired church is quite an appealing historic landmark for both locals and tourists. It is neatly located on Hackleton’s cliff, one thousand feet above sea level and offers one of the best views of the rugged eastern coast of Barbados.
Link to discover the things to do in Bridgetown