Bridgetown

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Bridgetown showing a cemetery, heritage architecture and heritage elements

Explore the capital and largest city for historical reference and even more great beaches and other activities, including the world’s oldest rum.

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and a city with a lot of history. When the English arrived to declare the area a British colony in the 17th century they found an abandoned Indian settlement and bridge and later gave the area the Bridgetown name. The harbor became a critical port for ships traveling across the Atlantic and was heavily protected against attack from other colonizing European powers.

Visit the Bridgetown Garrison, initially constructed starting in 1705 as a British fortification, and now an internationally protected World Heritage Site. Take a guided walking tour to appreciate the historic significance of the military, commercial and social activities of the 18th and 19th centuries in Barbados. Points of interest include St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s churches, Queen’s Park, Jewish Synagogue, Heroes Square and Parliament Building.

Walk in the footsteps of earlier world leaders by visiting the George Washington House and the Lord Nelson Monument in Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square) in front of the Parliament Building.

For a lighter look at history, tour the Mount Gay Rum Factory bottling facility which claims to be the best and oldest rum in the world. It has been made in Barbados since 1703. Make reservations to enjoy taste testing on weekdays; children can participate but not drink. On Saturdays, watch thoroughbred horses race at Garrison Savannah, where horses have been running for over 150 years.

Bridgetown is the largest city on Barbados, with a population of nearly 100,000. It is the center for transportation, shopping and arranging excursions, a convenient hub for activities across the island. You can stay in a hotel in Bridgetown and drive or take a bus or taxi to any of the beaches and other attractions on the island in two hours or less. Or, from the city center drive or take a taxi to one of half a dozen beaches within 10 minutes.

Bridgetown is just 20 minutes from the international airport.

Where to stay in Bridgetown

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
4 out of 5
The price is £150 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Located in Garrison Historic Area, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of George Washington House and Carlisle Bay. Brownes Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"Beautiful grounds and steps from the beach. Staff was amazing and our room was overlooking the pool and ocean. I found the bed extremely uncomfortable but I like a softer bed and this was very firm."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2021

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Hilton Barbados Resort
Hilton Barbados Resort
4.5 out of 5
Needhams Point, Bridgetown
The price is £199 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Located in Garrison Historic Area, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, just steps away from Needhams Point and Carlisle Bay. Brownes Beach ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel that is well maintained, great friendly staff, food and beverage service at the hotel is excellent. The beaches are pristine and kept nicely. My room was fresh, clean and well appointed. Great bedding!"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2021

Hilton Barbados Resort
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £295 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
This family-friendly Bridgetown hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of George Washington House and Carlisle Bay. Brownes Beach and Rockley Beach ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (111 reviews)
"everything was very good, I have nothing negative to say"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2021

Island Inn All Inclusive Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Believe Caribbean Apartments
Believe Caribbean Apartments
2.5 out of 5
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Barbados Museum & Historical Society and Carlisle Bay. Brownes Beach and U.S. Embassy ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
"Very cozy and private."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Believe Caribbean Apartments
Two Story House for rent
Two Story House for rent
Situated by the sea, this historic holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kensington ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
Great business
"I loved the place and am grateful to have a place to stay"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Two Story House for rent
Comfortable, Tropical, Beachfront Living
Comfortable, Tropical, Beachfront Living
This family-friendly Bridgetown apartment building is located on the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Brighton Beach, Paradise Beach and Mount Gay Rum. Kensington ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
Comfortable property on beautiful Brighton beach
"Santorini is very well situated on this gorgeous beach, with a door leading directly onto it. There is also a nice pool with some sunbeds, though they are not all in good repair. The beds are extremely comfortable and the bathrooms are spacious and showers good (didn't use the very large bath!). ..."

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2019

Comfortable, Tropical, Beachfront Living
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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