THE perfect getaway IS An Isleaway
I Cultur’d

Immerse yourself into the history and culture of your sister isle with guided experiences of institutions dedicated to this preservation.

The historic capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, and its Garrison were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011. This was due to the town being the island’s main business district, and location of many major governmental offices, and the Garrison representing an era of military colonial history.

Learn the history behind some iconic sites like the St. Mary’s church, the Screw Dock (only one of its kind in the world) and the great house where George Washington stayed at the age of 19. Travel back in time by visiting the Barbados Museum, whose exhibits feature artefacts from the island’s indigenous past, times of colonial rule, to the island’s eventual Independence. You can visit the museum’s book store after your tour to pick up a historical book to peruse at your own leisure.

Other “must-see” heritage sites across the island include St. John’s Parish Church (one of the first Anglican churches constructed on the island), Gun Hill Signal Station in St. George (one of the best views of the island, filled with artefacts of yesteryear and is also the location of the infamous lion sculpture from 1868), and Codrington College in St. John (the oldest Anglican theological college in all of the Americas.)

While not a dedicated heritage site, the town of Oistins in Christ Church has its share of tangible and intangible historical artefacts. Admire the craftsmanship of hand made boats that pepper the waters or that sit next to the fishing village awaiting servicing or repairs. That same artistry goes into the fishmongers speedily deboning freshly caught fish that goes from sea to saucepan. That is why every April, tourists and locals flock to the fishing village for its annual fish festival, where Barbadian history and culture collide into a celebration of its fisherfolk and its people.