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Welchman Hall Gully

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Welchman Hall Gully

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Andrew B wrote a review May 2020
Lincoln, United Kingdom9,938 contributions445 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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livetotravel61 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bridgetown, Barbados175 contributions65 helpful votes
This was a really pretty easy walk on a nice wide walkway. It’s a great place to get a feel for the natural world with lots of varieties of plants, We also saw lots monkeys which made our day, The rum punch was amazing.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DebraBranker, Manager at Welchman Hall Gully
Responded Mar 6, 2020
Hi Happy to hear you enjoyed your walk, the monkeys and our locally made rum punch.... made with fresh nutmeg. Welchamn Hall Gully is not just a visitor attraction, we also do conservation of native plants. There are not lot of natives left on the island due to development, so there is a project to preserve them here. Thanks Debra
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JM K wrote a review Mar 2020
Bedford, New Hampshire34 contributions62 helpful votes
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Welchman Hall Gully. We were thrilled to see the green monkeys up close without supporting people who trap them for personal gain and then discard them. The plants and terrain were remarkable.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DebraBranker, Manager at Welchman Hall Gully
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Hi Thanks for a review and I am happy to hear you had a great time. It is always a plus to see the monkeys in their natural habitat and not on some guys shoulder. I wish more people knew about the horrible practice of taking baby monkeys from their mothers. Thanks Debra
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Oxana_Sk wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York69 contributions12 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DebraBranker, Manager at Welchman Hall Gully
Responded Feb 25, 2020
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
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BunnyGirl1957 wrote a review Feb 2020
Cleveland, Ohio145 contributions54 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DebraBranker, Manager at Welchman Hall Gully
Responded Feb 25, 2020
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
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