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“Rainy Day Activity” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Gay Rum Visitor's Centre

Mount Gay Rum Visitor's Centre
Spring Garden Highway | Exmouth Gap, Brandons, Bridgetown, Barbados
246-425-8757
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Ranked #4 of 75 things to do in Bridgetown
Activities: Drinking
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Owner description: The Mount Gay Visitor Centre welcomes guests from around the world, inviting them to discover the historic origins, mysteries and secrets behind Barbados’ finest and most celebrated spirit: Mount Gay Rum.Come learn of the distillation, ageing and blending techniques that have been perfected over the 300 years of crafting the world's oldest rum!And of course there is the opportunity to taste and savour! Whether neat, on the rocks, with your favorite mixer or in one of our signature cocktails feel free to belly up to the bar for a wonderful experience for your palate.Mount Gay Rum: There is a Time and a Place.
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“Rainy Day Activity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

This was a great way to spend a few hours on a rainy day. The tour guide was both engaging and funny. We learned a lot about rum we didn't know. Sure, it was touristy but when you are a tourist it is ok right? Very nice tour, and generous samples at the end. I bought a bottle of the 1703 Mt. Gay rum at the end of the tour. It wasn't terribly expensive. I planned on buying scotch when I got here and quickly realized that rum was more appropriate. This rum was absolutely delicious to sip on the rocks with a good cigar. I highly suggest trying it!

Visited August 2012
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“Short but Good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The tour consists of a brief introduction in one room to some of the key people in the history of rum making, moving to the next room to see two types of stills, continue on to a little theater for a 12 minute movie on rum making and the history of Mount Gay Rum, back into the still room for a tasting of 3 different rums and an explanation of the differences between them, and then a walk into the small factory where the rum is bottled. It is distilled in a different location on the north part of the island. The tour guide was nice and informative and the tour, while short, was interesting. One minor complaint, they had some interesting information on the walls of the first room and in the still room, but one really didn't have an opportunity to read it all. We did not stay for lunch so can't comment on that. If you like factory tours, you may be disappointed by this one. There is not a lot of factory to see and you are a bit far from the filling operation. If, however, you just want to get a feel for one of the businesses that has helped define Barbados, the tour is worth your time. I wouldn't consider it a "must see" but rather a fun place to check out if you have the time while in Barbados. One other caveat, check the tour times before going. When we were there, the tours only ran once an hour on the half-hour. Not knowing that, we arrived 45 minutes too early (or 15 mins too late) and had to wait until the next tour. Luckily, they had a nice shaded sitting area so this was not too much of a problem.

Visited September 2012
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“Nice to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We were glad we made our own way there by taxi and not gone on the Virgins tour. It is cheap and value for money but I think having been on other distillery tours around the world slightly disapointed because no distilling happens at this sight. The vast majority of the tour comprimises of watching a video, although this is well presented and informative. The tour guide had the typical bajan banter which I loved. If its rum your after you get large shots x 3 during your tour and the bar has the best cocktails in Barbados. I was very drunk at the end ;P

Visited September 2012
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“Lots of Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

My friends, my husband and I took a taxi to the Mount Gay Rum Refinery and had so much fun. First we had a tour of the refinery and then you are able to walk around the surrounding area (which is very fun as they have it fixed up pretty neat). They also have a really cool bar area that we had so much fun that we wound up staying our whole time at port there (we were on a cruise ship stop on Barbados). Everyone who worked there was fun and friendly. The drinks were amazing and we all had quite a few of the various drinks they offer. Great day!!!

Visited July 2012
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“Save this trip for a rainy day”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We decided to go here because it wasn't going to be a beach day. We took the first tour of the day at 9:30 am and there were only 8 of us. Tour was interesting. You are brought into a room while our guide gave us some history behind the rum. Then we watched a brief film. After that we were brought into the bar area for rum tastings. That was very good even though we are not rum drinkers. Tour cost: $6 US We were told it was a shorter tour because one part was not available so it was a little cheaper.

Although we had an enjoyable time, I wouldn't go if it was a nice sunny day. Not worth the time and effort to get there. We only went because we had nothing to do. If you are in Bridgetown, this location was walkable from Cave Shepard.

Visited August 2012
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