The most visited Barbados tourist attractions is of course Harrison’s Cave. This crystallized limestone cavern covering approximately three miles underground, has been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world. But this is not the only marvel on this 166 square mile island paradise. There are more tourist attractions per square mile than in any other Caribbean Island.
All of the Barbados tourist attractions will provide you with a fascinating insight into the many things that make this island uniquely Barbadian… Like chattel houses, Green Monkeys, Great Houses, Road Tennis, The Tuck Band and the Bajan Land-ship.
… But it is not just the on land attractions that will fascinating you, exploring the under sea world and experience the spectacular beauty that lies beneath our pristine seas will also give you much pleasure. On your exploration you will discover a fascinating world where miles of coral reefs are alive with some of the most colourful sea creatures you can imagine.
This page gives you an overview of the many Barbados tourist attractions. For more detail information follow the links. The small nature of the island and the extensive network of paved roads make seeing all of the island’s attractions from North to South a breeze.
I grew up in Northern Barbados and I must say driving and exploring in the North is a pleasant experience, as you head deep into rural Barbados. The drive itself is beautiful: the magnificent coastal views, the peace and tranquility, the rugged Atlantic coastline, the gently rolling landscape, the colourfully painted houses, the lush green of the fields and the spectacular tropical blooms.
But along with the drive, there are a number of must-see Barbados tourist attractions
Harrisons Cave Barbados
Harrison’s cave of all the Barbados tourist attractions is the most visited attraction in Barbados; it is located within close proximity to a number of other wonderful attractions. What ever you do make sure you allow time for a visit to Harrison’s Cave.
I am sure as you make your trip through this three mile underground, crystallized limestone cavern you will stare in awe at the magnificent geological features this natural wonder has to offer. And you can’t help but notice icicle shaped stalactites hanging from the roof reflecting the glimmering light of the impressive stalagmites rising from the ground.
You too will gaze in wonder at the mirror lake, a large pool whose surface reflects the formation of this great wonder.
Morgan Lewis Mill
Morgan Lewis Mill was originally built in the 18th century to grind the sugar cane during harvest time. It was one of the many mills dotting the landscape of Barbados during that early era when sugar was king. This tourist attraction now falls under the Barbados National Trust; it was restored and is now the largest complete windmill in the Caribbean.
A must see part of Barbadian heritage… maybe this mill is a reminder from our ancestors, that a tropical paradise needs renewable energy idyllic hide-away.
St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados
St. Nicholas Abbey is one of the majestic great houses of Barbados it has been well preserve for the past 350 years. This 17th century house is perhaps the last such house anywhere in the world. This property is now one the island’s heritage sites and a major Barbados tourist attraction it also proudly represents an era when sugar was king on the island.
The next major Barbados tourist attraction in the north of Barbados is the Wildlife Reserve. This natural habitat for the animals is tucked away in a grove of mahogany trees overlooking the scenic Scotland district.
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is the perfect place to observe the Barbados Green Monkeys and a host of other animals in their natural environment. Central Barbados is just as beautiful as the Northern villages but more important it is home to some amazing tourist attractions. If you want to be truly fascinated by the wildlife Barbados has to offer the reserve is the place to tour.
The Animal Flower Cave
The Animal Flower Cave located at the extreme north of the island, is an amazing creation of the sea. The cave got its name from the Sea Anemones or sea worms that can be found there. This Barbados tourist attraction consists of a large cave with many chambers and natural pools.
This natural geological wonder is also a great place to host your Barbados wedding. Two weddings have been hosted at the cave the most recent in October 2006. This Barbados tourist attraction consists of a large cave with many chambers and natural pools. This natural geological wonder is also a great place to host your Barbados wedding.
Two weddings have been hosted at the cave the most recent in October 2006. Click here to learn more about what visitors to the Animal Flower Cave had to say
Welchman Hall Gully
Welchman Hall Gully is another attraction in central Barbados. This three and a quarter mile long lush green tropical forest reserve is the home to many exotic trees and plants, these include bamboo, clove, nutmeg and a variety of palms.
Welchman Hall Gully is one of the island’s most magical places; its tranquility radiates the kind of calm that can only come from Mother Nature. Another of central attraction in Barbados is the Flower Forest. It is located approximately three minutes drive away from Harrison’s Cave and some 850 feet above sea level.
The Flower Forest Barbados
The Flower forest features fifty acres of natural beauty enhanced by creative landscaping in the Scotland District. As you meander along the nature trails you have spectacular panoramic views of the island’s rugged but beautiful East coast.
Historic Bridgetown which recently celebrated its 350th anniversary is the capital of Barbados. The city is the home to the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere and the third oldest parliament in the British Commonwealth. Bridgetown and its Garrison boost a number of ancient buildings many dating back to the British colonial days of the 17th and 18th century was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
This historic city official inscription was granted by the World Heritage Committee during its 35th session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, which ran from June 19th through June 29th, 2011.
Tyrol Cot Heritage Village
Tyrol Cot built in 1854 also represents a house from Barbados past its design is a blend of Palladian and tropical architecture. Here you will find displayed a slave hut, a chattel house and a rum shop. Within the grounds of Tyrol Cot you will find a living museum comprising a number of unique Barbadian Chattel Houses, each displaying the unique architecture of a bygone era. Click here to learn more about Tyrol Cot Heritage Museum
Mount Gay Visitor Centre
Mount Gay Visitors Center and Rum Tours is perhaps the most frequently visited of all the Barbados tourist attractions. Here you will gain an educational insight into the history of the world’s oldest rum. The Garrison Historic tours consist of the Barbados Museum, George Washington House, the National Cannon Collection, St. Ann’s Fort, and the Military Cemetery. Click Here to Learn More About Mount Gay Visitor Center and Rum Tours
The Barbados Museum
The Barbados Museum is the home of Barbadian culture and heritage it is located at the center of the Garrison Historic area on the perimeter of Bridgetown. The museum comprised of seven galleries each offering an educational insight into the rich heritage of the island.
Click here to learn more about The History of Barbados
George Washington House
George Washington House is also an integral part of the Garrison Historic area. This house has a fascinating history being the only house outside the United States of America where the great George Washington ever resided. On the upper floor you will find a museum which focuses on the rich heritage of Barbados during the 17th and 18th century.
If you’d like to know more about George Washington House and journey into the history and culture of this island paradise. Click here to learn more about George Washington House in Barbados
Andromeda Gardens is a 6-acre botanical garden and attractive tourist attraction in the village of Bathsheba, Saint Joseph in Barbados. Name after the Greek Goddess this magnificent garden was created by the late Iris Bannochie as a haven for relaxation as well as a botanical garden.
This garden contains an wonderful collection of different plants from many other tropical and sub-tropical locations, either collected by Iris Bannochie herself, or given to her as gifts. On her passing in 1988 she bequeathed Andromeda Gardens to the Barbados National Trust so that its amazing beauty would continue to be a blessing to visitors. Click here to learn more about Andromeda Gardens in Barbados.
Orchid World is a six acre tropical flower garden located amidst the lush sugarcane fields of St. George in central Barbados. Located at one of the higher points of the island at 800 ft above sea level, Orchid World has become the ideal tour stop where you can take in the lovely country views. In addition this location is perfect for growing and displaying the more than 1,000 Orchids currently on display as well as the thousands of Caribbean plants and flowers.
A visit to Orchid World allows you explore the well-landscaped, meandering path that leads you on a self-guided tour past a waterfall, through a coral grotto and eventually through five orchid houses with stunning blooms!. Click here to learn more about Orchid World and Tropical Flower Garden.