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Activities in and around Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison, Barbados

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Activities and Attractions in the World Heritage Site

Thoroughbred Horse Racing in Barbados has taken place at the Garrison Savannah for over 150 years. There are three seasons: January to April; May to August; and October to December. Races are normally run every other Saturday during these seasons.

Carlisle Bay is a natural harbour and marine park that is home to several shipwrecks. The bay is popular for snorkeling and scuba diving. The beaches in the area such as Needham's Point and Browne's Beach are great for swimming and sunbathing.

Be sure to stop in at the museums located within the World Heritage Site: the Barbados Museum explores the islands history and culture; George Washington House is where the future US President stayed while in Barbados; and the Nidhe Israel Museum traces Jewish history in Barbados back to 1628.

In the grounds of George Washington House is part of a network of historic tunnels, which you can tour.


Don't miss the weekly Changing of the Sentry ceremony at the historic Main Guard Clock Tower.


The Garrison is also home to the world's rarest collection of 17th century English cannon!

Activities and Attractions around the World Heritage Site

The south coast boardwalk begins just east of the World Heritage Site. Here you can enjoy a beachfront stroll with captivating views and tidepools for a quick dip!

Activities and Attractions around the Barbados UNESCO World Heritage Site

A few minutes stroll north of the site is Kensington Oval, the first West Indian cricket ground to host an English touring team (in 1895). A little further north is the Mount Gay Rum Visitors Center where you can discover how Barbados became the birthplace of rum!

Tours of the World Heritage Site

Accommodation nearby

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