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Gardens & Abbey

US$60 ADULT

For the laid back and easy going, this tour is the one for you. The Gardens & Abbey Tour takes you to St. Nicholas Abbey Great House and Distillery, a key element in our history, and architectural heritage. Built almost 350 years ago, this sugar plantation is well maintained and has retained its architectural beauty. Built in the Jacobean style that was popular in the 17th century, it is one of three remaining of its style in the Caribbean. (Another is at Drax Hall in the parish of St. George.) This style is characterised by curved gables, Tudor arches, chimneys and casement windows. At the rum distillery, award winning rums of exceptional quality are created. Your guide will educate you on the history and rum making process at the Abbey. Make sure you sample some of the 12- and 18-year rums. The heritage railway is a new and thrilling family attraction. A steam locomotive travels through the plantation fields and mahogany woods, ending with the expansive hilltop view from Cherry Tree Hill. Cherry Tree Hill offers a breathtaking view of the rugged and wind-swept East Coast and Scotland District. The view is spectacular, however, don’t expect to find any cherry trees as these were removed and replaced by Mahogany trees (Swietenia mahagoni) since 1763. 

Further north east is Morgan Lewis Windmill. This mill was used to grind sugar in the 18th and 19th centuries, but ceased operations since 1947, when steam power was introduced into the local sugar industry. The wind-powered sugar mill is one of the last of its kind and a monument to the once booming sugar industry in Barbados. The tour takes a scenic ride along the east coast where you will find the 50 acre Barclays Park. Its grassy slopes with its spectacular views and refreshing island breezes make it a popular area for picnics spot for locals. 

Finally, the last stop at the Flower Forest Botanical Gardens is a dream for lovers of horticulture. It is 53 acres of tropical trees and flowering plants which bloom all year. It’s a place to find peace and tranquillity and retreat from the world for a few hours.

Important Information

Pick up times: South Coast  8:30 am – 9:10 am

                         West Coast  8:30 am – 9:15 am

Runs: Sunday to Friday 

Duration: 4 hrs

Min. - Max. Participants: 4 - 36 persons

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Itinerary 

  • Begin at the lovely St. Nicholas Abbey
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along East Coast
  • Take in the view at Cherry Tree Hill
  • Admire Morgan Lewis Windmill
  • Explore the peaceful Flower Forest Botanical Gardens