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“An effective portrayal of the plantation era” 5 of 5 stars
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St. Nicholas Abbey
On Cherry Tree Hill | Hwy. 1, Bridgetown, Barbados
246 422 8725
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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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“An effective portrayal of the plantation era”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

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 the labourers although you could see it was tough. The manager rode on horseback with a stick...
Certainly this documentary film is a gem (and could be longer: any chance of making an extended version?).
The house has significant vintage items and it's collection of old photographs and a 17th century title deed is impressive. The upstairs floors are inaccessible owing to a precarious 200year old Chippendale staircase: it would be wonderful if these rooms could be decorated in a befitting style and opened up by strengthening the staircase or introducing a separate access.
The gardens and sugar cane mill are also impressive, but the lunchtime snacks meagre and expensive!
All in all an excellent place to visit; perhaps a special rate for National Trust members may be considered? Also could any recordings of plantation songs be made available at the push of a button or reconstruction of workers' cottages carried out?
We wish Simon all the best in his family's sincere quest to preserve this heritage site for Barbados.

Visited July 2014
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“Great place to visit”
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 rum.

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“Beautiful and delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

On our last morning in Barbados we went to St. Nicholas Abbey. What a gorgeous setting and a fascinating history! We thoroughly enjoyed the video and the taste of rum! The house is well preserved and the rum is delicious! Simon was very informative and convinced us that we needed to buy a bottle - and we are so glad that we did!
We highly recommend St Nicholas Abbey if you want something quaint and delightful!

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“An interesting look at plantation life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This lovely old house is set in a tranquil plantation and is a must if visiting Barbados. The guides are charming and knowledgeable and Simon (on Rum) is a great character. Wander freely around the grounds and step back in time. History oozes from every brick in this place. Would have loved to see the bedrooms and kitchens as they might have been but these are closed off. Wonderful trees, herbs, plants. A great place to while a few hours away.

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“Rum Run”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

interesting visit taste of 10 year old rum set in nice surroundings the Abbey which is not a Church was built in 1696

Visited June 2014
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