3. Bridgetown Barbados Must Visit Sites

Bridgetown Barbados

Three Hundred Years of Bridgetown Barbados as a striving town has helped to shape this fascinating little city. In Barbados, Bridgetown is the hub of the island’s much-heralded duty-free shopping experience… but there is much more to this historic town than precious stones and brand-name goods.

Sure the shopping is great but Bridgetown as a heritage tourism site really is a must-see… Founded in the early 1600s this small vibrant city along with Boston was the hub of the British colonial empire in the Western hemisphere.

Over the last three hundred years, Bridgetown has been the home of a number of historical landmarks. Now this historic city can boast of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Historic Bridgetown is home to a number of outstanding landmarks; these include the Parliament Buildings, which were built in the 19th century. The Nidhe Synagogue is located in Synagogue Lane, which was consecrated in 1654. And St. Michael's Cathedral, constructed in the mid-19th century.

One of the most anticipated events in Bridgetown is the annual Crop Over Festival, a vibrant celebration of Barbadian culture and heritage. This festival features colorful parades, lively music, and traditional dances, showcasing the island's rich history.

1. The Parliament Buildings Bridgetown Barbados

The Barbados Parliament buildings are perhaps the most outstanding landmarks in Bridgetown. This is obvious but what may not be so well known is the fact that the island’s parliament system which was established in 1639 is the third oldest in the Commonwealth.

The parliament buildings completed in 1874 are constructed of local coral stone. Like many of the buildings of this early era, they are attractive pieces of Gothic Architecture, which reflex the unique architecture and culture of Barbados.

These imposing buildings consist of an east wing and a west wing. The east wing, completed in 1873 housed the Chambers and offices of the Senate, the House of Assembly, the Attorney General, the Solicitor General, and the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.

The West Wing which was completed in 1872 has housed many different arms of government over the years. However, in November of 2006, this wing of Parliament was refurbished to house the National Heroes Gallery and the Museum of Parliament..

2. The Nidhe Synagogue Bridgetown Barbados

The Nidhe Synagogue located in Synagogue Lane in Bridgetown is one of the standout heritage sites in this small city. Historical records show that this Synagogue was consecrated in 1654 three years before the London synagogue.

This makes it the oldest Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere… the current building constructed in 1833 was built to replace the original structure which was destroyed in the hurricane of 1831. Today the synagogue still reflects the architecture of the 1830s is a fitting monument to the many Jews… who fled to the island to escape the religious persecution of the early 1600s.

These early Jews brought with them the expertise and technology that was needed to improve the local sugar industry. The Nidhe Synagogue reflects a unique period in the history of Barbados and commemorates the outstanding contribution of the early Jews to the development of Barbadian society.

3. St Michael Cathedral Bridgetown Barbados

Also in historic Bridgetown Barbados you’ll find The St. Michael Cathedral located on St. Michael Rowe. This imposing old church is the flagship of the Anglican Church in Barbados Although falling to decay in recent times this beautiful old cathedral was first consecrated in 1665 the same year of the London plaque.

A traditional Gothic Church with large towering arched windows and detailed interior woodwork the cathedral has stood out over the centuries as one of the familiar landmarks in this historic city. The current building which has fallen into a dilapidated state and is currently being restored was constructed in 1789 to replace the original building that was destroyed by the hurricane of 1780.

Still open to the public you’ll be fascinated by the history of this old church as you stand in the churchyard and read the tombstones many of them dating back to the late 1600s and early 1700s.

Tour Bridgetown Barbados Heritage Sites

Get to know the history and culture of Bridgetown and Barbados on this half-day walking tour. With a guide in the lead providing in-depth commentary, you’ll get a full picture of what makes Bridgetown Barbados so special.

Here is what you’ll get…

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small group ensures an intimate atmosphere
  • Learn about Barbadian history through a guide’s detailed commentary
  • Get a taste of Barbados’ cuisine with included snack
  • Book this tour online today!

Other Attractions Near Bridgetown Barbados 

In Barbados you are never far away from a fantastic attraction. Other popular attractions and things to see and do close to Bridgetown Barbados  are Barbados museum and the Mount Gay Visitor Center

Mount Gay Visitor Center
Mount Gay Visitor Center Barbados

Mount Gay Visitors Center and Rum Tours is perhaps one of 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.

Learn more about Mount Gay Visitor Center

Barbados Museum
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.

Learn more about The History of Barbados

Brownes Beach
Brownes Beach Barbados.
George Washington House Barbados.

Another attraction near Bridgetown Barbados is brownes beach . It is known for its breathtaking beauty and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Learn more about Brownes beach

Another attraction near Bridgetown Barbados is George Washington house. It is a historic site that holds great significance as it was the residence of the first President of the United States, Learn more about George Washington House