Barbados – Activites and Things to Do

[Translate] Things to do in Beautiful Barbados BRIDGETOWN Named after an Indian bridge that crossed the waterway now known as the Careenage, Bridgetown was founded by English settlers in 1628. For centuries it has been a busy harbour for cross-island vessels and the schooners at anchor in Carlisle Bay. Now the Bridgetown marina is visited mainly by yachts and pleasure boats as well as a fleet of lively coloured fishing boats. The former warehouses along the waterfront have been brought back to life with duty free shops, department stores and shopping malls abound. Places of interest in Bridgetown include: National Heroes Square, with Nelson’s Statue, erected in 1813 pre-dating the London column and the Dolphin Fountain that commemorates the waterworks in Bridgetown. The Parliament Buildings date back to 1871 – Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the English speaking world. In 1786 St Michael’s Cathedral was completed on the site of an original church. The Central Bank Building houses the Frank Collymore Concert Hall. Garrison Historic Area & The National Cannon Collection, St Michael The former British Military Garrison in St Ann’s Fort dating back to 1704 and the Main Guard with handsome clock tower dated 1803. A military cemetery is located to the back of the fort, and there is a large collection of 17th Century cannons (largest in the world) which includes one of only two cannons with Cromwell’s Republican Arms on it. George Washington House, Bush Hill, The Garrison, St Michael, t 228 5461 Barbados was the only country outside America that George Washington ever visited so it appears George Bush was in good company! At 19, Washington and his half brother Lawrence spent two months in Bush Hill House in late 1751. A former plantation house built in 1719, the house, now fully restored, was officially opened to the public in January 2007. A 15 minute film about the trip called ‘George Washington in Barbados’, is available for viewing. Opening hours 9am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri. Admission fee Bds$25 per adult and $12.50 per child. Annual closure in September for cleaning and refurbishment. OUTSIDE BRIDGETOWN Cotton Tower, St Joseph One of a string of military signal stations that could send messages around the island in quick time to warn of danger, Cotton Tower was named after Lady Caroline Cotton, daughter of the then governor of Barbados. Farley Hill National Park, St Peter Officially opened by H M Queen Elizabeth II in 1966, Farley Hill has stunning views of the Coast and Scotland District. It is a popular picnic spot and the location for the annual Jazz Festival....