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St. Nicholas Abbey

On Cherry Tree Hill | Hwy. 1, Barbados
246 422 8725
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Ranked #10 of 119 attractions in Barbados
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Well maintained plantation house with good video,presentation and helpful guide. Nice bar and terrace. Kids enjoyed exploring grounds and talking to workman

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

We rented a car and drove around the island of Barbados, stopping at St. Nicholas Abbey - we LOVED it! Were there for over an hour and had the chance to meet Simon, the owner's son, who is quick-witted and very funny, as well as quite smart with lots of answers to our questions. The tour is self-guided and the... More

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Driving down the lane that is lined with massive mahogany trees gives you an idea of the treats that are in store for you. This is an impressive place that gives you insight into old world Barbados, the sugar cane industry and the making of rum. The magnificent house, gardens and sugar mill are lovely to see. You can watch... More

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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I thought the entrance fee was rather expensive at $17US but of course it is a rum refinery and colonial house all in one. The trip there is fascinating through sugar cane fields and jungle roads. The house itself is exceptionally beautiful and peaceful with colourful gardens. Yes it is a shame that the first floor is unavailable for viewing... More

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I thought this attraction was a severe let down. Only a few rooms are open to view and the sugar crushing only happens once or twice a week. There is a room for buying rum and a small gift shop and a small cafe/snack shop. There is a garden to view, but I lost interest after the two parrots we... More

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Halifax, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Interesting place to visit but the price seems a bit high high for what you see. Only the main floor of house is open to public and the mill only operates a couple of days week. Check and see days of operation and would recommending going when it is operating. That being said their rum punch is terrific (and I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

St Nicholas Abbey has been lovingly preserved, renovated and presented with true passion by the family owners, The staff are all happy to share the sugar and rum production processes and the tour, although short gives a wonderful insight into the past of this plantation Well worth the entry fee

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West Malling, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This was never an abbey and is now a distillery making unblended pure rum. The entrance fee included a guided tour around the house, garden & distillery and a rum tasting. Well worth a visit.

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Simonjacksonwarren, Owner at St. Nicholas Abbey, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed your visit and I look forward to greeting and hosting you again at the Abbey. All my very best Simon More

New York City, New York
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This Jacobean house, one of the few remaining in the Western Hemisphere is a true gem of Barbados. Situated high above the East Coast, it is cool, surrounded by rambling woods and home to a working steam-driven sugar mill. The staff are delightful and it's worth your while to take the time and explore. Don't miss the fascinating movie featuring... More

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Northampton UK
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

St Nicholas is one of the must visit places on the island if you like rum. The house is only open on the ground floor, but the highlight of the tour is the home movie. From 1930's it sounds like it would not be interesting, but its well produced and tells you a lot about the life then and how... More

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