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St. Nicholas Abbey

On Cherry Tree Hill | Hwy. 1, Barbados
246 422 8725
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Ranked #10 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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Cypress, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

St. Nicholas Abbey is actually a plantation house. The tour consists of a brief video produced in the 1930s which describes life on the plantation. Then there is a walking tour through the house. The guide was quite informative. In the room where their are lists of slaves with bills of sale, she was sensitive to feelings that might be... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Loved this place it was so much fun and had a little bit of everything! The grounds alone are reason enough to go here the house is impeccable with amzing antique furniture and artifacts. The landscaping and the trees surrounding the property were beautiful. The history is very interesting. The rum is excellent so was the food and dining on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went with the whole family and everyone enjoyed the visit. It is interesting to go back to how Barbados was in the 20th Century and learn how rum is made. The staff are all very friendly and happy to answer your questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful morning and lunch here at a reasonable price. The staff were so friendly and even remembered us from a visit two years ago. I highly recommend the fish cakes and rum punch whilst sitting in the garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you want to do something a little more interesting then just sitting on a beach then this is well worth a visit. The building has a great history and much of it is still visible, the staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. It's also a great place to learn about the Islands most famous product....rum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Visited in July and it really is a wonderful building. The video that starts before the tour is particularly good!! Only $18 and that includes a drink as well as the tour of house, rum distillery and grounds. Well worth a visit, just check times of tours because if you miss the start you will have to wait an hour... More

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We decided to visit St Nicholas Abbey to see a plantation house, but also to appeal to the whole party, with the rum making on site as well. The tour was fascinating, and not too long, but very informative. An interesting film was shown at the end. Chance to see around the rum making facility, and we even had the... More

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Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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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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