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Speightstown is a charming traditional Bajan town. Full of history, the town was the first port and commercial centre established on Barbados – with ships leaving the harbour bound for Bristol and London with their cargoes of sugar. In Speightstown, you can see some great examples of original Barbadian architecture, as well as Georgian houses with wonderful wooden balconies – a reminder of the town’s past. The town boasts a fantastic, traditional atmosphere and plenty of culture. Meet the locals and enjoy some of the delicious fresh produce as you purchase fruit and vegetables, as well as fish, freshly caught from the aquamarine Caribbean waters.
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Speightstown has some fantastic local and traditional food on offer, including fresh, home-cooked meats and stews. Caribbean and French dishes are the most popular, however you will also find restaurants offering Thai, Italian, Bajan and Vegetarian dishes too!
Speightstown has a laid back atmosphere and the nightlife is perfect for those who want to relax. Try some of the local food and then move onto a local bar where you enjoy live entertainment and fruity cocktails.
There are quite a few Rum distilleries in Barbados, but the oldest in the world is Mount Gay, which has been producing rum since 1703. Full tours and demonstrations are on offer and of course you can sample the many different rums!
Atlantis Submarines offer a great selection of Submarine tours. Submerge 100ft or 30m to see the vast array of brilliantly coloured tropical fish, coral reefs and even sunken shipwrecks - a great way to explore the ocean without getting wet!
Barbados is home to a variety of sporting events, including Cricket, Golf, Polo, Horse Racing, Sailing, Motorsport, Water Sports and Track and Field. Events take part at various times throughout the year.
Harrison's Cave is one of the 'seven wonders of Barbados' and one of the islands most popular attractions. Stalactites hang from the roof and Stalagmites emerge from the ground, whilst crystal clear waters run through the cave creating stunning waterfalls and deep pools. Tour guides are there to give you all the information you need and guests are transported around on electrically operated trams.
The Andromeda Botanical Gardens are a six acre garden containing various types of orchids, hibiscus, heliconia, palms, ferns, begonias, bougainvillea and cacti. Located in the parish of St. Joseph, the gardens are named after Andromeda, the mythical Greek Goddess who was chained to a rock. Beautiful trees and flowers are complimented by a stream, which runs through the land forming pretty pools and breathtaking waterfalls.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve is located in a natural mahogany wood, just across the road from the Farley Hill Ruins, in the northern Parish of St Peter. Stroll freely through the reserve and watch the animals in their own environment. See the Barbados Green Monkeys, Birds such as Flamingos, Parrots, Peacocks and Brown Pelicans, Snakes (in cages!), Iguanas, Turtles and Tortoises.
Unfortunately there are no Water Parks in Barbados, however there is a similar alternative:
Folkestone Marine Museum - This small museum houses lots of interesting marine artefacts, including bottles retrieved from shipwrecks and huge whale bones. Take a dip in the pools, enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk or have lunch in the tropical gardens. There is also a children’s play area.
Visit Bathsheba with it's beautiful white sandy beaches that stretch along a stunning coastline with breathtaking rock formations. Soak in the shallow pools, which are carved out of the inshore coral reef. The Soup Bowl at Bathsheba is the site for many local and international surfing championships, due to the steady big rollers coming in across the Atlantic Ocean.
St Nicholas Abbey is not a church despite its name, it is in fact a beautiful sugar plantation. Complimentary guided tours are available and visitors can explore the boiling house and rum distillery, where St Nicholas Abbey Rum is produced.
Bridgetown is the capital city of Barbados and was first established in 1628 by English settlers. A busy and vibrant city, Bridgetown is filled with historical importance as well as a great selection of shops and restaurants. The city is also home to Deep Water Harbour, the major port of entry for cruise and cargo ships docking in Barbados. Definitely worth a visit!
Visit the Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum. Here you will learn about how sugar was produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the cultivation and production of sugar. This great museum is located in the yard of The Portvale Sugar Factory.
The religious buildings of Barbados are spiritual retreats, filled with history and tradition. Some of the original churches are said to be haunted and they offer some of the most amazing views on the island. St Johns Parish contains the tomb of the descendant of an Ancient Roman Emperor. Other churches to visit are: St Patricks Cathedral, St James Parish Church, St Thomas Parish Church and St Peter Parish Church.
National Heroes Square, formerly known as Trafalgar Square, is located in Bridgetown. Here you will find a bronze statue of British naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson and The Cenotaph, which is in memory of those who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. A Remembrance Day parade is held here once a year, where there is a two minutes silence and wreath laying ceremony.
Farley Hill National Park was once a beautiful and grand mansion, which now show a glimpse of the past. Set amongst a gorgeous mahogany forest and offering amazing views of the Atlantic Coast, this is a great spot for enjoying a picnic and some visitors even get married here. Farley Hill is often turned into a stage for musical and theatrical events, such as Gospel Fest, Reggae on the Hill and Soca on the Hill.
Sam Lord’s Castle is located in the Parish of St Philip, built in 1820 by Samuel Hall Lord. The Castle was run as a magnificent hotel for many years, but unfortunately was destroyed by a fire in 2010. The building is currently being reconstructed and is due to open in 2018 as a Wyndham Grand Resort.
There are several examples of beautiful architecture throughout Barbados, such as Arlington House, Drax Hall, Glendairy Prison and St Nicholas Abbey.
Kensington Oval in located in Bridgetown and was the site of the 2007 Cricket World Tour. It is a pre-eminent sporting facility and primarily used for cricket.
Barbados is home to two amazing baobab trees, the largest of which can be found in Queen's Park, Bridgetown. It is thought that a seed floated over the Atlantic Ocean from Guinea in West Africa and eventually grew into this breathtaking tree, which is thought to be over one thousand years old!
Tennis courts, Fishing
Jet ski, Water-skiing, Sail boats, Scuba diving, Snorkelling
Errol Barrow Daynational event
Birthday of the former Prime Minister of Barbados.
Oistins Fish Fest...national event
Festival celebrating the signing of a charter on fishing rights in Barbados. It celebrates the skills of the fishermen with boat races, local foods, crafts and dancing.
Reggae Festivalnational event
Reggae fans are in for a treat, with the biggest cast of performers in the eleven year history of this annual festival. Including the Reggae Beach Party, Vintage Reggae Show and Dance, Reggae Party Cruise and Reggae on the Hill.
Sir Garry Sobers ...national event
Held across all 4 golf courses of Barbados with 4 rounds and a presentation for the winners on May 1st, a great chance to take part and explore the beauty of Barbados at the same time.
National Heroes Daynational event
Celebrates the 10 key people in the history of Barbados.
May Daynational event
Festival of Speed...national event
The Barbados Festival of Speed brings together top international talents in a one of a kind show. This years' show features three-time Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton!
Segway Polo in Pa...national event
The 7th Monday after Easter, also known as Pentecost Monday.
Sol Rally Barbadosnational event
Crop Over Festivalnational event
The festival begins with a colourful parade in Bridgetown and marks the end of the sugarcane cutting season. Barbadian culture comes alive in an explosion of colour, costumes, cuisine and calypso. Enjoy live music in the streets, fireworks and partying islanders!
Emancipation Daynational event
Celebrating the end of Slavery in the British Empire, which ended on 1st August 1834.
Kadooment Daynational event
First Monday in August.
Sandy Lane Gold Cupnational event
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