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St. Nicholas Abbey

On Cherry Tree Hill | Hwy. 1, Barbados
246 422 8725
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Ranked #9 of 120 attractions in Barbados
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: PLAN YOUR VISITTICKETSBDS$ 35 AdultsBDS$ 20 ChildrenTicket prices include entrance to St. Nicholas Abbey, inclusive the great house, gardens and... more » Owner description: PLAN YOUR VISITTICKETSBDS$ 35 AdultsBDS$ 20 ChildrenTicket prices include entrance to St. Nicholas Abbey, inclusive the great house, gardens and gullies, rum distillery and nearby Cherry Tree Hill, a historic avenue of Mahogany Trees located just outside the main gate. Cherry Tree Hill offers a breathtaking view of the island's East Coast.Guests can also enjoy a charming home movie c.1935, museum and a complimentary drink (fruit punch or rum punch).Guided tours, subject to availability, are provided at no extra fee. Please enquire with the guides at the entrance to the great house.It is recommended that groups of ten or more persons book in advance. Please enquire about group tours or school programmes using our online reservation request form. Special meals or assistance for guests with special needs may also be made in advance.HOURS OF OPERATIONSt. Nicholas Abbey is open 6 days per week; the Plantation is closed on Saturdays.Sunday - Friday10.00am - 3.30pmPlease check our Calendar of Events for information on the steam mill's operation schedule.While we suggest a minimum of 1 hour for your visit, ideally guests will spend approximately 30 minutes in the great house and approximately 1-2 hours touring the grounds and gardens, Cherry Tree Hill, rum distillery, home movie and museum. We recommend starting your tour no later than 3pm.The Terrace Café serves lunch, tea and other light refreshments during opening hours. « less
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Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the Abbey on our last full day in Barbados and it is a gorgeous, well preserved piece of history. The woman at the front desk gave us the brochures/tour maps and told us where to get our free rum punch and where to see the movie so we moved on. We walked around the open rooms on the... More

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Leysin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A lot has been written about the house and it's owners. The introductory guide gives you a rum punch (or two) and sampling the locally made rum, but most importantly an excellent edited film of the 1935 tour of Barbados and the sugar production of a former owner/manager. Not much mention is given to the working or living conditions of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

An old plantation house that still grows sugar and makes its own rum. Lovely house, with the downstairs available to view, with lots of historical interest. If you're lucky, Simon, the owner, will be around - very good company, and so welcoming. Rum tasting available, along with engraving service, to have your own keepsake message engraved on your bottle of... More

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

On our last morning in Barbados we went to St. Nicholas Abbey. What a gorgeous setting and a fascinating history! We thoroughly enjoyed the video and the taste of rum! The house is well preserved and the rum is delicious! Simon was very informative and convinced us that we needed to buy a bottle - and we are so glad... More

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manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This lovely old house is set in a tranquil plantation and is a must if visiting Barbados. The guides are charming and knowledgeable and Simon (on Rum) is a great character. Wander freely around the grounds and step back in time. History oozes from every brick in this place. Would have loved to see the bedrooms and kitchens as they... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

interesting visit taste of 10 year old rum set in nice surroundings the Abbey which is not a Church was built in 1696

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Absolutely beautiful location and house. Tour is operational, we decided to take our own route and time. Don't miss the 1930's film of the plantation. It's a must. Free rum punch included in the admission fee and there is a small gift shop and the opportunity to buy the rum produced on site. You have the house, gardens, steam engine,distillery,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Lets start by getting clear that this venue is neither an Abbey or Stately Home having said that it is an interesting peep into the past history of a small country house which now happens to produce a rather good Rum from locally grown sugar cane. Our guide on the day was very pleasant and explained the history of the... More

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have been to St. Nicholas Abbey twice. Once during the tourist season and once in the off-season. It is an excellent place to go and spend a few hours. During the season they have cane crushing demonstrations and run you through the entire rum distilling process. Included in your visit is a rum punch (or fruit juice) and rum... More

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Bucks County, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A lovely place to visit on the island. The rum distillery is very impressive. Lots of history to experience

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