Welchman Hall Gully

Welchman Hall Gully, Saint Thomas Parish: Hours, Address, Welchman Hall Gully Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK11,830 contributions
Mar 2020
For some reason we have never been here before so didn't really quite know what to expect. There is adequate car parking and it cost BD$28 for the two of us, presumably because we are English NT members.

We visited just before lockdown - 20th March so it was very quiet and we just about had the place to ourselves which being selfish was a plus. We were given a really excellent guide booklet in colour which gave detailed explanations of all the trees and shrubs we saw during our visit. I have to say that I usually prefer gardens as opposed to forests but this was an absolute revelation. I think I read somewhere that centuries ago all of Barbados was like this - a tropical forest before a fair bit was put down to sugar cane.

I suppose it took us c 30/40 minutes each way walking along a very well maintained path but it depends how often you stop. There are decent toilets and I think you can get some light refreshments but we just got back to the car before some torrential rain.

We really enjoyed our visit - so different to other 'green' attractions that we have seen on the island and we can thoroughly recommend a visit. A real treat.
Written May 19, 2020
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TDJ70
Winnipeg, Canada12 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited Welchman Hall Gully on February 7th 2020 while visiting Barbados while there on a cruise. It really is a must see!

Not only do you get to see the monkeys in their natural habitat, the grounds are gorgeous. We had a wonderful guide who was so knowledgeable and passionate about the flowers and vegetation on the grounds. It is a very easy hike through the gully, which takes approximately 1 hour for the tour. The tour, which begins promptly at 10:30am, is included with admission. I think the tour is a must as it gives you a full understanding of the landscape and history.

My only complaint is that the feeding of the monkeys at 10:30am is the first thing you do. The monkeys are definitely a highlight. It takes about 5 minutes for them to devour the bananas. After that, you really don't see the monkeys again. Had I known that, I would have liked to have spent more time watching the monkeys.

Hint: Don't pay the ridiculous excursion prices to get here. We took the local transit from Cheapside Bus Terminal (which is a 10 min walk from the port) to Welchman Hall Gully. It drops you off directly out front and cost $2 USD pp. We then walked out the back exit of Welchman Hall Gully to Harrison's Cave (about 10 mins away). After Harrison's Cave, we took the public bus back to Bridgetown ($2 USD pp) and took a taxi to Carlisle Bay Beach from there. It is a much more affordable and doable excursion to do it this way that could save you hundreds of dollars (we had a taxi driver quote us $150 USD pp for the same thing we did for about $130 USD for all 3 of us).
Written February 10, 2020
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HI Glad to hear you had a great tour and I think it was Ashan. I will mention to him to stop longer at the monkey feeding platform. Also happy that you mentioned taking the bus to get here. It is seriously super easy to do and you can not beat $4US for a return trip. as well as visiting Harrison's Cave if you want. You get to see the country side, met the locals, who are super friendly and experience part of Barbados most visitors don't. Thanks Debra
Written February 25, 2020
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K W
New York City, NY23 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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GLMA29
Weaverham, UK65 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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shuttly
London, UK23 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
We loved our visit and enjoyed the peaceful cool calm walk watching the green monkeys. We learnt something about the evolution of the gullies and the flora and fauna of Barbados.
If you’re a UK National Trust member you get reduced cost entry but you have to ask as they don’t offer and we missed out.
Written September 9, 2021
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Oxana_Sk
New York City, NY69 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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Designs_JoanK
Brackley, UK430 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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BunnyGirl1957
Cleveland, OH152 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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MichaelO075
18 contributions
Dec 2019
Welchman Hall Gully is one of the oldest areas planted in Barbados for ornamentals and medicinal plants. It is a wonderful stroll through the bottom of a classic gully with a stunning nutmeg forest, views of collapsed limestone caves, and routine sightings of monkeys. It is usually non crowded and a leisurely stroll to the end and back to the carpark takes only an hour. You can continue on to Flower Forest, Hunte's Garden, and Andromeda Gardens from here as well.
Written January 5, 2020
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Hi Happy to hear you had a nice tour of Welchman Ahll Gully and you noticed the ornamental mixed with the native plants. One of things we are trying to do is have more of the medicals and native plants brought back to the gully for everyone to enjoy and to protect them. As you mentioned, we are located very close to Flower Forest, Hunte's Garden and not far from Anromeda. Thanks Debra
Written February 25, 2020
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122Andrea
Bath, UK77 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We walked the gulley and loved the atmosphere of unspoilt rain forest and jungle. This is a low key attraction, with marked trees and resting spots along the way. Gorgeous vegetation, huge millipedes and slugs and fab monkeys. The views are stunning on a fine day and the whole place gives a great sense of Barbados before the sugar.
Written August 21, 2021
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