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Historic Barbados Activities

Visitors to Barbados will find evidence of the island’s colonial past at sites across the island. Permanent English settlers arrived in 1627. Later, sugar plantations brought over tens of thousands of African slaves, whose descendants populate Barbados today. An 1816 rebellion led by the slave Bussa spurred larger uprisings and ultimately led to slavery’s abolition. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with the British monarch as hereditary head of state.
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The Museum of Parliament uses interactive audio and video and exceptional exhibits to trace the development of democracy in Barbados since 1629 and the role played by island residents. The information is housed in the historic West Wing of...
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Garrison, Bridgetown, Barbados

With its fine Georgian buildings, Parliament house, churches and bridges, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. An additional reason why Bridgetown is recognized by UNESCO is because of its...

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Fusilier Rd, Gun Hill, Barbados
Gun Hill offers a panoramic view of Barbados. Used to communicate military emergencies and as rallying points in the event of civil disorder, the station was built as a security measure in 1818. Restored by the Barbados National Trust, it today...
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Dalkeith Rd, Bridgetown, Barbados

Near the racecourse in the Garrison part of the city stands a former military prison from Barbados’s time as headquarters of the British navy's Windward and Leeward forces. Since the 1930s, the two-story stone structure with gardens has been...

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A tour of St. Nicholas Abbey is a chance to explore one of the finest so-called great houses of Barbados. Not an actual abbey, the well-preserved Jacobean plantation mansion in the northern parish of St. Peter dates from the mid-17th century and...

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Church View, Barbados

Barbados is considered the most British of the West Indies, and its historic churches, which wouldn't be out of place in an English village, help it claim that title. On the site of older churches that were destroyed by fire and hurricanes,...

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Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Historic Bridgetown, the Garrison was Britain's first permanent military base in the Caribbean. Established in 1705, it was the obvious destination for transatlantic traders and naval...

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62a Tudor St, Bridgetown, Barbados
One of the best days for horse racing in the islands is Boxing Day, or as it’s known in the States, “The Day After Christmas.” This past Boxing Day, I was lucky enough to be in Barbados, so I made a point to pay a visit to the Barbados Turf Club...
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Four Roads, Barbados
It's not done idly when they eschew the term "distillery" in favor of "rum factory and heritage park" in the case of Foursquare. As a "rum factory" they produce tremendous amounts of some of the most loved rums from Barbados. Naturally, you can...