Welchman Hall Gully
Welchman Hall Gully
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A lush Tropical Forest located in a collapsed cave and the only forest open to the public. There are several troops of monkeys are that fed between 1030am and 12pm daily. Also offering guided tours at 1030am Monday to Fridays during the months of December to April. Back to Nature Camps for 4 to 11 years old held every school holiday. For more information please see welchmanhallgullybarbados.com In addition, more has been added to the adventure park. There is also a cafe.
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  • honeymiss
    Fowey, United Kingdom12 contributions
    Monkey magic
    We popped here for just over an hour before closing and it was perfect timing. A lovely quiet walk through the fauna and the guide you can download for free was very useful to use as we walked. I really don’t think we thought we would spot the monkeys but on hearing a sound we stood in silence and got to watch six or seven monkeys playing and swinging in the trees. One came down to trees just above us so we got a good video too. My 12 year old son was wowed which was really quite special. We all were so chuffed to have seen them in nature. Recommend this to families to step out for an hour or two. Really glad we did it. Go later when quiet like we did … it’s quite beautiful there.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Tracy B
    St Helens, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Beautiful natural place and the green monkey sighting was a real treat
    My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. We did the self-guided tour and got there early so almost had the place to ourselves. Although we missed the feeding at the designated platform, we saw a troop of green monkeys in the trees above us and watched them doing their own thing for ages. This was a real treat. This lovely place is well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • SBC
    9 contributions
    A lovely visit
    Last year we visited it and enjoyed it that much that it was on the to-do list for this year, and we are glad we came back again. It is a lovely walk through the gully with an array of different trees and plants to look at whilst keeping an eye out for monkeys. For a slow stroll, it is around an hour walk through there and back, which is wonderful to do in the mornings when it is slightly cooler. After arriving back at the start we found that they were waiting for us to feed the monkeys whilst they were doing that a lady was talking about the history of them and their behaviours etc it was lovely seeing them especially the baby ones. For young adults and anyone who watches outer banks, it was nice to see where they filmed and especially the new cave area that they have recently opened.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Kadeen H
    5 contributions
    Island view
    Took a day trip up to mount hillaby to look for a high point to see a view of the island but was unsuccessful. Stumbled across this place and thought id have a walk through. Was pleasantly surprised to see a nice view of the island once i reached the top of the steps. The walk through the gully was quite relaxing as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Tiffany Y.
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania11 contributions
    4.5 stars overall
    I visited Welchman Hall Gully when I was on a shore excursion with a cruise line. I felt interested in seeing a rain forest with native plants and animals. An employee walked my tourist group through the rain forest, but I heard only some of her talking. We saw plants such as the banyan tree, palm trees, silk-cotton tree, nutmeg tree, cocoa tree, and bamboo. We also saw many types of insects, snails, reptiles, etcetera. The employee said that climate change is causing the rain forest to have dry spells as well as torrential rains. On the day that I visited, the weather was very rainy, so unfortunately the wild green monkeys did not come out of hiding. I highly recommend that visitors wear water shoes rather than sneakers or sandals, because some parts of the rain forest had inches of rain that could ruin your shoes or be slippery. I felt happy that I was wearing my rain jacket. Also at this location is a small gift shop. There, I bought water and soaps.
    Visited November 2023
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Trueyork
    Dallas, Texas3 contributions
    A fabulous couple of hours at WHG
    We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to the Gully. Jonathan gave us a very informative and entertaining tour. It is a stunning place with a huge variety of plant life and trees both native and introduced. Carl and Gill Wood Guisborough North Yorks
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • Bogey567
    Pershore, United Kingdom408 contributions
    Great visit to this lovely part of the island.
    Met up with my daughter who is TUI cabin crew. But they don’t get out much so took her to Welshman Hall Gully for a visit. We all loved the place and it has a reasonable entrance fee. It was not crowded and it was nice to look around at all the plants and sights in the gully. We saw the monkeys which was brilliant. How anything so small make so much noise crashing through the trees, was remarkable. The viewpoint was great too looking over the east coast of the island. There were several parts closed due to rock fall. But this didn’t dampen our enjoyment.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Lisa P
    2 contributions
    Tropical Beauty
    Our trip to Welchmans Gully was great fun. We arrived in the torrential rain but powered through and it didn’t dampen the experience at all. With Jonathan as our guide we had the full informative tour which was fascinating. I would definitely recommend supporting and enjoying this natural, tropical experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Charlotte M
    1 contribution
    Brilliant experience would recommend!
    Fantastic morning at Welchman Hall Gully! Would thoroughly recommend for people of all ages. Staff were very friendly and happy to answer any question we had and give us information about the gully. The view at the beginning of the trail was absolutely breathtaking and we got to see the monkeys being fed which was equally as brilliant. We used the wifi to download the information pack which was so informative and told us all about numerous types of plants which were labelled along the trail so if you choose not to do the guided tour it is still completely worth it. Overall we learnt a lot about Barbados’ flora and fauna and had a great day!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Jude C
    5 contributions
    Well with a visit
    We visited Welchman Hall Gully after reading the information on their website . Aswell as all the different plants etc it states that they feed the monkeys on platforms between 10.30 and 12pm so there would be a good chance of seeing some green monkeys. However we were told by our very informative guide that they don’t put food on the platforms and this time of year is birthing season so we would be unlikely to see them. We feel this could have been a little clearer on the website that January is birthing season so unlikely to see any monkeys l, and that the feeding on the platforms is not a definite. Apart from this disappointment we did enjoy seeing all the plants native to Barbados and how the gully was created.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 20, 2024
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Oxana_Sk
New York City, NY70 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
It is a waste of time and money. We came there after our visit of the flower forest which we loved a lot and were deeply disappointed.
It costs a ton of money for a lousy trail that lasts 20mins the most. Absolutely nothing to do there. Just skip it. I would never go back in my life!
Written February 23, 2020
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Hi Thank you for visiting the gully and for writing the review. I’m sorry to read you were disappointed. The Welchman Hall Gully is different from the other gardens in Barbados because it is not a garden, but a tropical fores located in a collapsed cave; that gives you a chance to see the island as it appeared to the settlers. It is a haven for native flora and fauna including a troop of wild monkeys. It is also a place of conservation and education, and the home of the grapefruit. It is also the only gully on Barbados open to the public and with a an easy path to walk and wheel chair accessible. You obviously didn’t benefit from the tour with one of our local guides which is included with admission at 10 30 am, Monday to Friday, from November to April. In addition, we are slightly cheaper than all the other 'garden' attractions as we are considered a natural heritage sight. I am not sure how you did the tour is 20 minutes, when normally it takes about 45 minutes – some people stay for hours and most people thoroughly enjoy the gully and return each year, as you can see from the majority of reviews on this site. Best wishes Debra Branker
Written February 25, 2020
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GLMA29
Chester, UK66 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was a change of scenery for us as most of the holiday up to now had been spent beach side.

The array of vegetation was interesting, however our fascination was more around the roaming animals- monkeys, millipedes, giant slugs and lizards. Apparently there are snakes but we didn’t see any.

We were the only people in the gully, which made the experience all the more authentic but we probably would have appreciated the area more with a guide.

Costing $14 US pp entry, the walk itself took around 1 hour and the gazebo at the top of the gully gives a great view of the Scotland region in the east of the island.

Worth a visit if you are in the area but probably wouldn’t make a special trip. If you do decide to go, it is high in the hills and very humid so try and avoid the hottest time of the day or you may melt!
Written September 28, 2021
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Designs_JoanK
Brackley, UK448 contributions
Jan 2020
Our guidebook recommended this visit, since it's the only place where you can really see what the original tropical forest was like before most of it was cleared for sugar plantations. The trees are lush, varied and there's lots of wildlife including a big toad, green monkeys, centipedes, birds and insects. Many of the trees have external root systems, a bit like at Seam Reap. We met a British guy (ex-BBC producer!) who runs the place with his wife and he told us that he's noticed the climate becoming dryer over the last ten years, so things are perhaps not as lush as they were. The path is concreted so it's very accessible (we saw a wheelchair in use) though you need to climb up a flight of steps at the end for the view over to the coast. The little shop at the entrance sells tickets and doubles as a cafe and there's a small car park and toilets. Certainly a 'cool' place to visit! Discount for National Trust members!
Written January 26, 2020
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Hi Happy to hear you enjoyed your tour and saw the monkeys. Yes, my husband loves guiding people around Welchman Hall Gully, it is a special place and a place that needs protecting and maintaining. Debra
Written February 25, 2020
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K W
New York City, NY43 contributions
Dec 2020
Absolutely beautiful and smelled amazing! It was nice to see the forest side of the island landscape.

I highly recommend going when there's a guided tour though. The booklet they give identifies the plants but gives very little other information, so at $14 US it felt pricey for an hour's walk through the forest.

Big plus is it's paved, so (mostly) accessible. One negative - they use a bleach powder on the walkway to keep the moss off but it was so strong in places that our eyes stung. Really unfortunate part of an otherwise lovely experience.
Written December 31, 2020
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Jill D
Toronto, Canada34 contributions
Feb 2022
My husband and I went early in the morning soon after it opened so we had the whole place to ourselves. We walked the path and enjoyed the peaceful setting with beautiful trees and lush vegetation. When we were finished exploring, it was about 10:30 am and that is the time that the monkeys come down from the trees for their feeding. It was so much fun to watch them interact with each other, the resident rooster (who seems to be in charge of everything) really kept things in order. I recommend going early as after the monkey feeding there were a lot of people arriving.
Written February 22, 2022
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honeymiss
Fowey, UK12 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
We popped here for just over an hour before closing and it was perfect timing. A lovely quiet walk through the fauna and the guide you can download for free was very useful to use as we walked.
I really don’t think we thought we would spot the monkeys but on hearing a sound we stood in silence and got to watch six or seven monkeys playing and swinging in the trees. One came down to trees just above us so we got a good video too. My 12 year old son was wowed which was really quite special. We all were so chuffed to have seen them in nature.
Recommend this to families to step out for an hour or two. Really glad we did it. Go later when quiet like we did … it’s quite beautiful there.
Written April 4, 2023
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Philm13
Huddersfield, UK377 contributions
Mar 2022
You must visit this place!!!!! It's a superb set of gardens, really tropical and an easy stroll.Sadly, the end of the gulley was closed when we visited, but even so, it was a truly enjoyable activity. Best of all was when we started to go back to the start, we came across a troupe of monkeys who were making their way up the gulley to be fed! We walked with them and took loads of photos. When they got to the feeding place (they're not really fed - more treats as they get all their food in the gulley) they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and provided real entertainment to the people whio had gathered.
Written March 21, 2022
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BeulahCottage
New Bedford, MA2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We are a family of 7 ranging from 13 to 60 and everyone throughly enjoyed it. We talked about all we had learnt the whole journey home. We were going to go to Harrison's cave but had been put off by the price and it couldn't have worked out better for us. Our guide Ashan was great and his knowledge amazing. He answered any questions and made our experience one to remember This tour was a third of the cost of Harrison's cave and worth every penny. Well
worth a visit.
Written March 31, 2022
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BunnyGirl1957
Cleveland, OH167 contributions
Feb 2020
We originally went to Welchman Hall Gully with the hope of seeing some green monkeys. We got that and so much more! The place is beautiful with a wide assortment of trees and plants, as well as some different and interesting animals and insects. We had an extremely knowledgeable guide who was passionate about his work. He gave us lots of information about natural and herbal remedies, and took lots of time to explain everything we were seeing. The guided tour is a nice easy walk through natural beauty.

On our way back, we were fortunate enough to see a band of monkeys right in front of us. Be warned, the monkeys here are living in the wild and there is no guarantee that you will see them, but you can check on feeding times and get an approximate time as to when they might be around. They were a lively group and it was a lot of fun to watch.

My only complaint is that they gave us our guide to the place on our way out. Lots of things have numbers displayed, and it would have been helpful to have had the guide on our tour so we could get the explanation right then. That said, our guide did a wonderful job of telling us what we needed to know.
Written February 22, 2020
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HI Happy to hear you enjoyed your tour and realized Welchman Hall Gully has a lot of offer besides our playful troop of monkeys. We normally don't give a booklet if you are going on the guided tour, however you can ask for one at the beginning if you want one. thanks Debra
Written February 25, 2020
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK1,339 contributions
Mar 2022
We visited the Gully this morning (March 29th) and planned our arrival to take part in the daily tour at 10.30 am.
Our tour was led by Ashan and whilst we started with just the two of us the group grew as more people arrived post the start and joined in. You can walk the gully yourself along with a guide sheet but I'm sure this was more entertaining and we learnt so much.
Ashan imparted his native knowledge of the plants, shrubs and trees around us particularly sharing how in growing up on the island so many of them were useful as medication, herbs or just sweet treats!. We also learnt more about the geology of the island and how it evolved over time.

Whilst we missed the monkeys feeding we did spot some amongst the trees along with other wildlife such as hummingbirds and millipedes (be warned you mustn't pick them up as they exude a chemical which at the least will irritate) .
Ashan really brought the gully alive for us and I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written March 29, 2022
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