St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey, Saint Peter Parish: Hours, Address, St. Nicholas Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

St. Nicholas Abbey
4.5
Distilleries • Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Our hours of operation are 10.00 a.m.; with our last tour at 3.30 p.m. We recommend allowing 2-3 hours for your visit, with a minimum of an hour to tour the property. (All guests must depart the property by 4.30 p.m.) Visitors can enjoy lunch, tea and other light refreshments at the Terrace Café during our opening hours. The steam operated syrup factory c.1890, grinds sugar cane from January to May. Adults (13 and over): BBD $30* (US $15) Youth (Ages 5-12): BBD $10* (US $5) We also have a steam railway onsite
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Craig Hussey
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The best place to visit in Barbados
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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Carol F-B
Croydon, UK178 contributions
On Track!
Difficult to find but worth it.
From the lady at the front gate to the staff on the train, the staff in gift shop, staff in distillery and the staff in the cafeteria, I raise my hat to you all.
You were all very knowledgeable and remained professional at all times.
The whole tour was very informative but just felt it lacked information about days of slavery and could easily be included in the tour.
The short film was a great addition and the humour was suited.
Although it poured down on/off it didn’t spoil the day.
We spent easily 4 hours.
White rum hand sanitizer is great.
Fresh lemonade is sweet n refreshing.
Written September 25, 2021
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rotterdam0892
Bath, UK1,229 contributions
A great visit
Aug 2021
One of the highlights of our holiday. We arrived in time for the first departure of the train. There are lots of information boards at the train station which make waiting interesting. Beautifully restored steam train and a good guide telling you about the history of the train and the surroundings once you are on board. The train takes you to Cherry Tree Hill with amazing views of the Atlantic ocean (and some roadside vendors).

The Jacobean mansion is very well preserved, you can only view the ground floor.

There is a cafe onsite. We were given samples of the rum made onsite and there is a little shop with some good items.

We explored the grounds and found the distillery, some signage helped. We also saw the barn where the processing of the sugar cane takes place and if you go up the stairs there are bats in the rafters.

Don't miss the family film of the islands in the 1930s. It is a gem.

Loved it.
Written September 21, 2021
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Dawn C
Weymouth, UK306 contributions
Lovely tour, interesting, fun & scenic
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
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kokosaraie
London, UK19 contributions
Train ride alone is an excellent reason for the visit but they have rum too!
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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julestheboss
Sittingbourne, UK56 contributions
Little trip for steam train lovers.
Spent a lovely few hours here. Taxi driver called Malaki picked us up from the hotel and came back for us later. Good journey with a guided tour of the area. Train ride was great. Crew were very informative and my husband had the opportunity to help push the engine round on the turntable. Stunning views at the top of cherry tree hill with loads of photo opportunities. Nice house and the rum tasting was lush. All staff were friendly and I would recommend this trip.
Written September 11, 2021
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Doug B
Chester, UK7 contributions
Not a tour - an experience not to be missed in Barbados
Sep 2021
The painstakingly restored estate , the steam train and Distillery experience were way beyond any expectations.
To build a narrow gauge railway, rebuild a 100+ year locomotive with immaculate wagons and superbly trained staff would be enough, but add this to the beautiful House and grounds (some magnificent trees) really makes this experience very special.
The morning finished off with a tour of the Distillery, and one of the owners family - Simon- personally leading the Rum tasting, followed by a great lunch and live steel drum music which we really enjoyed - capping off a great day out.
We would really recommend this tour as part of any holiday to Barbados
Written September 11, 2021
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shuttly
London, UK21 contributions
Definitely not to be missed
The railway although not that long was a worthwhile addition to visiting the house and is very well done.
Great views from Cherry Tree Hill.
Interesting house and distillery.
Written September 9, 2021
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Stuart R
Glasgow, UK28 contributions
Interesting and great value tour
5 of us visited and did the Rum experience tour. Day started with the train journey with great views at the end. This was followed by a tour of the house and then a relaxing lunch in a great setting with live music in the background. Lunch would be my only slight disappointment and was just ok. However the best part of the day was the tour of the distillery and the rum tasting with Larry Warren who clearly has a passion for the rum making process that they employ at St Nicholas Abbey. Well worth a visit.
Written August 27, 2021
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Lisa T
Braintree, UK39 contributions
Fabulous day out!
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wow what a day! We were recommended to visit here and were not disappointed!
Loved the steam train ride and we were lucky enough to be able to help push the train round on the turn table. The view from Cherry Tree Hill was beautiful. The accompanying tour guide was informative and funny! Once at the house we had some lovely refreshments, visited the gift shop and tasted rum!
Wandering the grounds, we spoke to the owners mother who was charming. The distillery was great to see along with all the milling equipment. Lovely selection of birds. Just beautiful 😍
Written August 26, 2021
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