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“Fascinating Plantation House” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey
On Cherry Tree Hill | Hwy. 1, Barbados
246 422 8725
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Ranked #10 of 120 attractions in Barbados
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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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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“Fascinating Plantation House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Fabulous place, really brings the history of the Plantation History to life. As previously mentioned, the 1930s cine video is fascinating. A short introductory guided tour is included. WE took teenage children who had enough to interest them & they usually rebel at the thought of another National Trust property at home. The rum distillery at the back is very interesting but unfortunately the Steam Mill is not operational until January. This place is not easy to reach by public transport.

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“Go with RCR Tours - ask for Cindy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We had a great time - I suspect we were lucky, there were just 2 of us, so we had a private tour! Cindy picked us up from the hotel and regaled us with great facts and figures as we drove.

We stopped at a few locations of interest en route, before St Nicholas Abbey. Tour was (as they say) like a lady's skirt.... long enough to cover the important parts, but short enough to keep it interesting! (Always wanted to use that line...)

I've said allow 3 hours - that includes pick up and drive there and back. Can do house tour in about an hour? Including rum tasting and video....

Visited December 2013
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you are in barbados, don't miss this incredible house, lovingly restored by its current owners. The film alone is worth the price of admission. Charming gardens and lots to see. And don't miss the view from cherry tree hill just down the road as you leave.

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Simonjacksonwarren, Owner at St. Nicholas Abbey, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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“Just a wonderful place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The restored house and garden are lovely in their own right. The presentation video of 1930s plantation life is fascinating. But then you discover the rum distillery is up and running again producing very fine 10 and 15 year spirit bottled in beautiful etched bottles with wood and leather stoppers all done on site. The cane crushing machine is original and still is powered by steam!
A cafe too overlooking a tropical gully and two very friendly Cockatoos. 'Baby' loves being tickled.
All in all this is a beautiful and interesting place. Just a lovely setting and lovely atmosphere about the place. Owned and run by caring and enthusiastic people. It really works and should be on everyone's to do list in Barbados.
Btw. Visit the toilets. Original Thomas Crapper venerable porcelain.

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“A beautiful old plantation house, never been an Abbey.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We only had 45 minutes on this visit, but we called in as on our previous visit some years ago it had been closed. You can read the amazing history on their web site. We had time for a few pictures and to purchase the Abbey's own Rum for friends and family and a brief chat with the friendly staff. The highlight for me was some highly evocative 1930s black and white footage of a previous owner's voyage from England, and exploration of the plantation. We were reminded that you could only get here in a steamer (in this case from Dover) which anchored in Carlyle Bay. Passengers and luggage had to be ferried ashore in rowing boats.
We were also reminded that locals left school for work aged eleven, a similar age to late Victorian children in England. Work was hard but cheerfully performed at least for the camera.
You need at least half a day to do justice to this lovely place, and I would recommend studying their website in advance to make the best use of your time. We shall return.

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Simonjacksonwarren, Owner at St. Nicholas Abbey, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Thank you for your praise. I look forward to greeting you again on your next trip to Barbados.
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