Barbados Sightseeing: Farley Hill Wildlife Reserve & more at Fairmont

Barbados Sightseeing

  • Barbados Sightseeing: Barbados Museum, Cherry Tree Hill, Farley Hill & more

Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Found in St. Joseph, the Andromeda Botanical Gardens is a six-acre garden containing several varieties of orchids, palms, ferns, heliconia, hibiscus, bougainvillea, begonias and cacti. The beautiful and exotic flowers and trees are complemented by a lovely stream, which bisects the land and forms enchanting pools and waterfalls.gables, chimney stacks and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china.

Barbados Museum and Historical Society

The Barbados Museum, located at the Garrison, is housed in the former British Military Prison built in the 1800's. The building became the headquarters of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in 1930 and today displays the coral structure of Barbados, Amerindian artifacts, furnishings of eighteenth century plantation houses, collections of rare historical maps of the island, and much more historical paraphernalia.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Established with Canadian help in 1985, the Barbados Wildlife Reserve is set in four acres of mature mahogany trees and is primarily a monkey sanctuary. The reserve offers visitors an excellent sightseeing opportunity to observe the Green Monkeys of Barbados at close range and in their own natural habitat.

Bathsheba

This little fishing village on the east coast is a favorite spot for photographers because of its picturesque rocky terrain. It also boasts one of the island's most spectacular beaches. It is situated about 14 miles (23km) from Bridgetown in St. Joseph and is known locally as the 'Soup Bowl' because of its foaming surf. It is a favorite surfing spot and the venue of the annual surfing contest.

Cherry Tree Hill

The central attraction at Cherry Tree Hill is the avenue of old Mahogany trees and a view overlooking Scotland valley.

Drax Hall

It is generally believed that Drax Hall was built by the brothers William and James Drax in the 1650's. It is one of the earliest, biggest and wealthiest sugar properties in Barbados, and presently is the oldest surviving Jacobean mansion in the Western Hemisphere. It has a classic Jacobean architecture, with steep gable roofs, corner finials, casement gable windows and a Jacobean staircase with its carved hall archway of mastic wood.

Farley Hill

Breathtaking scenery, set in the grounds of the once regal Farley Hill House, started in 1818. A mansion in ruins, tucked away in a forest of mahogany trees high up on a hill overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast. Farley Hill is an ideal spot to picnic, escape into nature, hide in the shade of a comforting tree and to simply stare out to sea.

Gun Hill Signal Station

This strategically placed 1818 tower is the finest in a chain of signal stations which once carried news across the island to other stations using flags and lantern codes - crises such as enemy ships approaching or fire in the cane fields. Gun Hill, perched on a rural St. George hilltop, offers some of the best views of the island, houses a fascinating collection of military memorabilia and features a statue of a lion that was carved out of a single piece of rock by an officer in 1868.

Harrison's Cave

One of the BTE's 'Seven Wonders of Barbados,' this spectacular cave is one of the island's most famous attractions. A unique phenomenon of nature, Harrison's Cave is an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave and stalagmites that emerge from the ground, with streams of crystal-clear running water that drop from spectacular waterfalls to form deep emerald pools. 

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill

Morgan Lewis Mill is one of the only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. Maintained by the Barbados National Trust, the mill includes an exhibit of the equipment used to produce sugar at the time when the industry was run by wind power generated from mills such as this one. An interesting architectural feature is that the rubble walls are comprised of the boulders held together with a mixture of egg white and coral dust, (there was no cement when this plantation was built).

St. James Parish Church

St. James Parish Church is among the four oldest surviving, historic churches in Barbados. Built in 1847, it is located near the site of the island's first settlement in Holetown. In the southern porch of the church is a bell with the inscription - 'God bless King William, 1696'. This bell pre-dates the famous American Liberty Bell by 54 years.

St. Nicholas Abbey

Located in the parish of St. Peter, St. Nicholas Abbey was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Barbados is home to two of these mansions... St. Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall. Distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion are : curved Dutch gables, chimney stacks and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china.

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