St Nicholas Abbey Barbados

St Nicholas Abbey Barbados is an amazing Jacobean plantation great house tucked away in an area of enchanting natural beauty in northern Barbados. There is nothing to get your Barbados holiday going like a visit to this national treasure.

The grounds of St Nicholas Abbey comprise over 400 acres of sugar cane fields, tropical gullies, mahogany forests and lush gardens. You wouldn’t believe it, the buildings are over three centuries old! And feature elegant curvilinear gables, cornerstone chimneys and fireplaces.

You’ll be treated to guided tours of the mansion, where you’ll come face to face with the meticulous work that has gone into creating this 17th-century masterpiece. You’ll also come across a wealth of furnishings from this early era, including antiques and artefacts spanning the home’s 350-year history.


St. Nicholas Abbey Frequently Asked Questions


St Nicholas Abbey is located in the rural parish of St. Peter in the north of Barbados.

St. Nicholas Abbey is open from Sunday to Friday and closed on Saturdays. Opening hours are from 9:30 AM with the last admission at 3:30 PM.

The St. Nicholas Abbey train ride through the plantation’s grounds is a round-trip tour which takes approximately one hour.

St. Nicholas Abbey

It’s a real living museum that is so steep in history… you can almost feel the past as you tour the main house and lush gardens. But what makes St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados even more stunning is the fact it is one of just three remaining 17th-century mansions in the Western Hemisphere.

If you think the architecture and the furnishings are amazing wait until your tour takes you to the rum distillery… On this part of the tour, you can view a recently restored 1890 steam mill grinding sugar cane in the old syrup factory. You wouldn’t believe it this old mill had not been operational in the syrup factory since 1947, it truly is amazing.

And the best part is you get to join the many thousands who get to taste St. Nicholas’ Abbey special age blends of rum in the plantation bond, where the spirit is hand-bottle and sold… You can even buy some of this aged rum and take it home with you… By the way, custom engraving is available if you wish to create a wonderful gift or souvenir for that special someone.

St Nicholas Abbey Barbados Highlights

The Grounds

The grounds of St Nicholas Abbey comprise a number of lush gullies filled with giant Mahogany trees, majestic cabbage palms, ancient silk cotton and a wealth of other flora and fauna.

St Nicholas Railway

This is an authentic heritage steam experience for those passengers who want the thrill of a Victorian-era travel experience within the tropical setting of this heritage plantation

St Nicholas Distillery

Explore St Nicholas Abbey distillery where a purpose build combination pot still and distillation column, produces ethyl alcohol at 92% or 184 proof, diluted to 65% for ageing.

Tour St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados

If you want to take a step back into a bygone era of Barbados’ sugar and rum production, then this is the tour I recommend for you. This three-hour tour gives you a sneak into life on a 17th-century sugar plantation. Here is what you’ll get…

  • 3-hour tour to St Nicholas Abbey Barbados
  • Explore one of Barbados’ oldest and grandest sugar estates
  • Tour the Jacobean great house with a knowledgeable abbey guide
  • See 17th- and 18th-century antiques, and take a stroll around the plantation’s tropical grounds
  • Receive a glass of rum punch, and enjoy a light lunch at the abbey’s Terrace Cafe
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
  • Book this tour online today!

Other Attractions Near St Nicholas Abbey

In Barbados, you are never far away from an amazing attraction. Other popular attractions and things to see and do close to St Nicholas Abbey Barbados are the Morgan Lewis Mill and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Morgan Lewis Mill Barbados

Morgan Lewis Mill was originally built in the 18th century to grind 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.

Learn more about Morgan Lewis Mill Barbados

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. 

Learn more about the Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Hotels Close To St. Nicholas Abbey


Atlantis Hotel Barbados
Atlantis Hotel Barbados
Sugar Cane Club Barbados
Sugar Cane Club

The Atlantis Hotel Barbados is nestled amidst the rugged beauty of Barbados’ eastern coastline. Is located 26 minutes away from St. Nicholas Abbey  Read more about The Atlantis Hotel

Sugar Cane Club Spa and Hotel feature a superb panoramic view. It is located 10 minutes away from St. Nicholas Abbey. Read more about Sugar Cane Club Barbados

Little Good Harbour
Little Good Harbour Hotel
Cobblers Cove Hotel
Cobblers Cove Hotel

Little Good Harbour is a charming small hotel on Barbados’ tranquil West Coast. Is located 12 minutes from St. Nicholas Abbey. Read more about Little Good Harbour Barbados

Cobblers Cove is a charming spacious beachfront hotel located approximately 13 minutes from St. Nicholas Abbey. Read more about Cobblers Cove Barbados