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St.Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway provided by St. Nicholas Abbey

St.Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway

St.Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway
4.5
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Duration:
45m
Group size:
96
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    45m
  • Group size:
    96
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 149667P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
  • Entry/Admission - St. Nicholas Abbey
Duration
45m
Departure details
  • Saint Nicholas Abbey, St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados Follow The Road Signage for St. Nicholas Abbey
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 96 travelers
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
  • Entry/Admission - St. Nicholas Abbey
Departure details
  • Saint Nicholas Abbey, St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados Follow The Road Signage for St. Nicholas Abbey
Duration
45m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 96 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Saint Nicholas Abbey
    St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
    Follow The Road Signage for St. Nicholas Abbey
    See address & details
  • 1
    St. Nicholas Abbey
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
    Narrated Train Journey that includes views of the Great House, Plantation Fields, Mahogany Woodlands, Lush Hidden Valley, Cliff Cutting into Limestone Quarry culminating at the Iconic Panoramic View From Cherry Tree Hill where passengers can participate in turning the Locomotive and Explore a local vendors Market while relaxing taking in the spectacular view of the wild Atlantic view of the Eastern side of the island.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
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Dawn C
Weymouth, UK312 contributions
This was a last minute deciscion to visit and I'm really glad we did.
Right from a lovely warm greeting from Michelle on the gate to us leaving, we felt very welcomed.
The tour of the lovely 17th century mansion was very interesting, as was a film made in 1935 by one of the family members. The history and humour very much brought the history of both the island and the plantation to life.
Larry then chats very humorously about their rum & of course you are welcome to sample some.
You can meander around at your own pace, enjoy the gardens and the cafe.
The entrance fee includes a ride on a small steam railway up to Cherry Hill. The views up there are lovely. There is then a very entertaining/educational history talk about the railway before your journey back to the mansion. The train ride & talk is about 40 mins in total.
This tour was great value for money, educational & interesting.
Written September 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Craig Hussey
218 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
If you're looking for a break from the beautiful Barbados beaches then we can definitely recommend a visit to St Nicholas Abbey. Easy to find, (use Google maps), from the moment you arrive & are greeted at the gate, you know you are in for a quality experience. The facilities, cafe, gift shops and parking were all well organised. The staff welcome you to 'board the train' and it's such a beautifully restored and narrated experience from the team on-board. We won't provide many spoilers, but it's topped off with a fabulous view from the top of Cherry Tree Hill, which was somewhere on our visit list too! Then you get to visit the wonderful plantation house, with again a fabulous guided tour at no extra cost if you wish. Then the real highlight of the day for me, we got to sample some of the amazing Rums they make in the distillery. We were lucky enough to meet Simon and spend some time in his delightful company before having a bottle of Rum engraved to remind us of the best visit we had whilst visiting the island. Definitely should be top of your visit list when you next head to Barbados!
Written October 17, 2021
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Pauline H
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Please be aware that if you are taking the train trip ONLY the policy is against using the restaurant. We were very disappointed that no immediate access was available to even a drink of water and we were not allowed to step in the direction of the restaurant. We thought this was VERY POOR so please don't be caught out like we were. We enjoyed the train trip.
Written April 26, 2022
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marion h
Liverpool, UK29 contributions
Nov 2021
A lovely place to go away from the beaches. There is a small steam railway - but do not expect anything grand, and it does not go very far but it is different. The main building is mainly a shop and restaurant both of which we visited, and it is an easy stroll round the grounds. The owner was there and explained about the history of the place, and tempted us with some rum - which was delicious. The lunch was good - although the service was slow but a lot of people arrived at the same time and nothing is done in a hurry in th heat. I would recommend this as a visit for anyone visiting the island.
Written November 26, 2021
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Sightseer615656
Bridgetown, Barbados1 contribution
Mar 2022
Totally shocker. Arrived 2 minutes before 10AM but the train did not wait for us. Spent 1,5 hrs walking around 'til the next ride. Scheduled for 11:30 departure we are on the train .Trying to keep the distance because the Covid and still waiting for group of people who were late.They have arrived 20 minutes later then we were supposed to depart. Everybody on board no more concern about distance.Three fully loaded cart traveling 8 minutes to the return point .By schedule 15 minutes stop for shopping from vendors but the same group who were late they feel good there. All the people are in the train except those guys. So the stop was 30 min at least. Finally they hopped on and we travelled back to the station in 8 minutes again.At one point I was thinking to walk back to the car park because those people had no respect for the other 90% of passengers. Very bad experience besides many more in Barbados.I thoght the island was my dream destination but I was wrong.
Written March 17, 2022
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kokosaraie
London, UK25 contributions
We had a really nice time here! No need to book an expensive tour, the entrance fee of $60 bds includes a ride on the steam engine train, a guided (or self guided) tour of the house, and a rum tasting! Just make sure to check the timings so you don’t miss out on the train! The train stops at the top of Cherry Tree Hill which is a lovely viewing spot and you can see the entire east coast of the island! Then it takes you back down and to the house for a tour and rum tasting. The guides were all super friendly and well informed. One of the owners of the estate did the rum tasting who was very kind and full of jokes! You can also watch an 18min historic footage of Barbados and the distillery, which my husband found really interesting but I felt it was a little long.

We asked our hotel in advance how to get there and back and they told us usually the taxi driver would wait there while we visited for $10usd per hour and bring us back. The fixed fee for taxis from our hotel to the abbey was $60bds one way.
On the day, perhaps it was a slow day, and our taxi driver was happy to wait for us at no extra fee while we spent about 2h30 visiting. So we tipped him instead!
Written September 13, 2021
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Robert and Pegg... E
St Martin, UK56 contributions
Dec 2019
When in Barbados, make sure you don’t miss out on this brilliant tourist attraction, We combined a visit to Nicholas Abbey with the railway ride, Such good value, We had a very good tour guide I. The House, learnt so much and saw the distillery, tasting the world famous rum! Great cinema presentation, Beautiful surroundings and the aura of the House remains. Amazing. The railway ride was a real great experience and stopping at the turntable was a highlight, Great commentary, friendly staff, obviously so happy in their work, from stoking the engine, ringing the bell,,being lantern man,, whistling whilst changing the points. So so clean. Step back in time and cruise at leisurely pace. The cherry hill stop was so fantastic a view over the landscape and to chat within the local vendors. The lady in the restaurant and coffee shop,was so attentive, friendly and the surroundings were great and clean, Toilet facilities were immaculately clean, We went during Christmas week and it was lovely to see the decorations, The House was o e of three Jacobean houses remaining in the Western Hemisphere. What a treasure!
Written January 7, 2020
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Venture305785
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
I was looking forward to a trip around a plantation on a steam train. In reality I got a 15 minute ‘hop’ around what looked like a man made small lake, then through 5 mins of trees and bushes arriving up a hill at a view point (which was lovely) end of the line! Tourist opportunity for vendors at this point. A guide gave a 5 min history of the old railway which was very interesting. A 5 min return to station (no lake now).
Did I think it was good value at $23 American dollars, absolutely NOT. Did I see a plantation, no. I see more at my local park.
Written January 15, 2022
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magbean
Farnham, UK81 contributions
Dec 2019
The main purpose of our visit was to travel on the recently built heritage railway. Everything is new so in good condition. The journey is roughly 1 mile through the grounds up to Cherry Tree Hill where a talk is given which includes info about the original railway in Barbados, and you are also able to help turn the steam locomotive if you so wish. Then return back down to the Plantation House. The locomotive (No.5) was built in Germany in 1914 to work on a sugar mill in Java. It ended up in the UK at Statfold Barn Raiway, Staffordshire and was rebuilt there in 2018.
It is a scenic trip and there is a good commentary on board.
Our train had plenty of room, but I understand some can be very busy.

One thing to watch though is that it seems if you have paid for your tickets in advance there is no refund, not even the offer of a journey on another train.
Written January 8, 2020
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SueWolves53
Wolverhampton, UK299 contributions
Jan 2020
The steam railway takes you through field and woods and stops at Cherry Tree Hill to have some great views over the coastline. Here there is also the turntable which you may help turn the engine for the return journey.
The Great 17th century house has been well restored and one of the oldest on Barbados. A knowledgeable guide will take you around the mansion and then to see the rum making process before being able to taste some samples and purchase some souvenirs.
A lovely way to spend a few hours and learn some interesting facts.
Written February 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: St. Nicholas Abbey
MouseDJ
MouseDJ
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House and train great. Rum talk a waste of time
I have given this a four star based on the railway and house tour which were excellent. However the rum tasting at
Eir_mjf
Eir_mjf
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Fascinating but an incomplete history
The abbey was fascinating to visit, and the guides were very knowledgeable and professional. My biggest issue was
chiN2499
chiN2499
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If you love history and views this is for you
I loved the train ride just wish it was longer! it stops at cherry tree hill where there are some sellers selling a
blacey99
blacey99
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Do it all - train ride and tour
This place is very well designed and everything is incredibly maintained. It is scenic, quiet and gives you a feel
Fiona B
Fiona B
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Good fun and great views
The Abbey is about a 20 minute drive from Holetown and worth a visit. We booked online for the train & abbey. Train
Gmoore77
Gmoore77
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You must go!
What a fabulous time! Virginia was full of knowledge and a wonderful hostess, Simon and his sense of humour are out
anitakbrennan
anitakbrennan
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Definitely worth a visit!
This was part of a tour we booked along with Huntes gardens. We had a very informative tour around the main house a
Big50Dave
Big50Dave
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No access given.
The Venue was closed for a private function, was informed that this was stated on the website, but it wasn’t, so pr
jimf2010
jimf2010
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Nice Grounds, Take the Train Ride, Good Lunch Spot
You get a nice tour of the grounds when you take train ride. It is fairly short but takes you to a great view of th
triciak879
triciak879
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Train Ride in Barbados
It was a wonderful experience! We only did the train ride but that was adequate. It was clean, well orchestrated
Testarossa54
Testarossa54
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Wow!!!
Amazing historical place with the modern additions of the restored railway and superb dining terrace with live lunc
Lynda C
Lynda C
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St Nicholas Abbey - a must visit in Barbados - train, run making and house
What a great place to go to. Do combine the 3 elements - the railway, the house and the rum making. The train was f
LordHow
LordHow
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Amazing renovation by latest owners
First came here in 2005 and it was interesting to visit but rather rundown. The current owners have vastly improved
648kenh
648kenh
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Amazing experience to meet the owners and experience rum making in its entirety!
What an amazing day! We took the combo tour and were shocked that the delightful owners gave the full tour of the
AlcesterMartyn
AlcesterMartyn
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Excellent tour, and a chance to understand the history of the East Barbados Railway.
Excellent tour of the Great House, a trip on a steam railway and a opportunity to understand the history of both su
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