Almost 400 years ago Barbados was considered “the richest spot in the world.” The rise of the island’s importance was predicated on sugar and slavery at a time when sugar was the greatest commodity in the world. Bridgetown, because of its geographic position became a major port for those crossing the Atlantic into the Americas. It was the center of commerce where goods from Britain were brought for import, export, collection and distribution. Any ship arriving and in need of repair were done in Bridgetown at the Blackwood Screw Dock, the only remaining one of its kind in the world. The island’s strategic position created a military advantage and Britain stationed its regiment at the Garrison to protect British trade and colonies against aggression from other European powers.
In 2011 Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its historical value, outstanding examples of British colonial architecture and its irregular settlement patterns indicative of British medieval influences of the 17 th century. Bridgetown is still the island’s main commercial center with a quaint at home charm. Come take a walk with us and explore historic Bridgetown and its surrounding areas.
South of Bridgetown is the George Washington House where a young George Washington and his ailing brother resided for two months in 1751, the only house he ever lived in outside of colonial America. Find out about the mysterious 200 year old tunnels accessible from the house. Visit Heroes Square and you can’t miss the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson which predates the monument in Trafalgar Square, London, by about 30 years. Across the square is the Neo-Gothic Parliament buildings and clock tower. This was built in the 1870s entirely of hand-cut and carved coral limestone, and took approximately three years to complete. In the heart of Bridgetown is the Nidhe Israel Synagogue & Museum, the oldest consecrated Jewish synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Explore the recently unearthed Mikvah, with its original marble staircase, granite floor and coral stone walls. For the sports enthusiast, visit Kensington Oval known as the “Mecca of Cricket”. This state-of-the-art facility was first established in 1882, and hosted seven of the 2007 World Cup Cricket matches. At its entrance one can not miss the larger than life statue of the ‘greatest cricketer on earth’, Sir Garfield Sobers. Simply awe-inspiring.
Pick up times: South Coast 8:30 am - 9:10 am
West Coast - 8:30 am - 9:15 am
Runs: Monday, Thursday, Friday
Min. - Max. Participants: 4 - 36 persons
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Explore Nidhe Israel Synagogue & Museum
Learn the history of George Washington House
Delve into the past and present of the Parliament Buildings
Admire Lord Admiral Nelson Statue
Visit Kensington Oval