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St. Nicholas Abbey

On Cherry Tree Hill | Hwy. 1, Bridgetown, Barbados
246 422 8725
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: PLAN YOUR VISITTICKETSBDS$ 35 AdultsBDS$ 20 ChildrenTicket prices...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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.
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to the abbey as part of our trip for the day and this is definitely worth going to . The guide made the visit very interesting and showed us the house and the distillery. Had lunch there. Met the owners wife who explained some of the processes. One not to miss

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Mississauga, ON
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Of all the sites we experienced in Barbados, St. Nicholas Abbey was the most disappointing and, I'm afraid to say, we felt a complete rip off. The drive up to the Abbey is spectacular. But I wish we had just driven right on by. Not worth the $35BDS per person admission price. Yes, the grounds are lovely, as are the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This is a nice old plantation house. Sadly you can only look over the ground floor, I hope they can extend this to the upper floors in the future. Then you get to taste the rum, some of the best I've ever tried... There is a short film shown in the old stables. Don't dismiss this as a dismal "multimedia... More 

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Middletown, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The staff here is nice and the location is good in regards to beauty elevated up in the mountainous region of Barbados. It is worth the trip if you like history and high quality rum. The rum is on the expensive side, a nice White Silver Bottle is $30 USD, but the quality is about as good as you will... More 

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This lovely old house is well worth a visit but the star of the show is the 1930's film of the ship coming out to Barbados and then Bridgetown and then life on the plantation. Nothing would have been very different to 1900's so absolutely fascinating

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Abbotsford, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We visited this attraction on a recent visit to Barbados. After a 40 minute drive to get there, we were informed that there was $35.00 US entry fee per couple. The sign by the gate states $5.00 ! The “abbey” has no religious affiliation, it is just a large house and several acres of grounds. It has a rum distillery... More 

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Lanark, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We arrived just as the gates were opening and so we had the pleasure of Simon Warner's company for a short while before other visitors arrived and the tour began. What a lovely gentleman, it was lovely having him all to ourselves. The building is beautiful and the tour guide was really passionate about her work and was very entertaining.... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

not really an abbey but a plantation house built without proper foundations so you can only visit the ground floor. Well worth visiting to see how the owners lived and furnished their houses. A short video presentation covers Barbados in the 30's and is worth watching. There is a mini rum distillery but that is only open during the week.... More 

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Middlebury, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Not a real abbey but neat looking old building. Visit the bathroom while there. Had lunch which consisted of salad and wrap sandwich and one bottle of water, $80 bajan dollars which was overpriced. Sugarcane processing was not operating while visiting. Original toilet invented by Thomas Capper, best part of visit :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is not an abbey (there are no monks, and our guide explained how the building got its name), it's a plantation house; now with award-winning rum distillery attached (plus you get a complimentary rum punch and tasting, too). You're not allowed to go round the first floor of the house, only the ground floor area ut it is a... More 

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