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“Ceremony with style”
Review of Barbados Garrison

Barbados Garrison
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Owner description: Former 17th century British military base, now open to the public.
Reviewed February 22, 2014

You have to watch the changing of the guard at Main Guard in Garrison. Queen Victoria chose their uniforms and that woman obviously had taste! They are all so focussed, yet very Caribbean - don't get there too early - go for 12 noon

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We arranged to be part of a tour of the garrison, a half day trip that included George Washington's house, the recently opened tunnel to the coast as well as many other parts of the garrison and I can't recommend it enough!

The whole tour was amazing, our guide James was so passionate about his island and her history that you couldn't help but fall in love with the island even more. The recently re-opened tunnel from the garrison to the coast is a real highlight and something they are hoping to open to the public in the next month or so.

If you are visiting the island, I urge your to take half a day and see the garrison, do a tour instead of trying to see it all yourself and enjoy seeing more than the beaches of Barbados.

Thank Victoria C
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

my cousin raises horses and his nephews are jockeys..so I went for practice after brewster rd during crop over...mind u i could barely stand..but it was fun watching them practice...even better during the actual races.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

A good variety of attractions to see in a small area.George Washington House and Barbados Museum close together and you might be there for the racing.

Thank dwilk
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We saw the Historic Garrison area (Unesco World Heritage site) tour advertised at our hotel and instantly wanted to do it since it was something totally different from the usual touristy rum tours, beach event or shopping. And we also wanted to learn something new about the Barbados we’ve visited annually for the past 5 years.

Peter & James were stellar in pre-planning texts and in the delivery of the actual tour which they did in tandem. They are super knowledgeable about Barbados and the Garrison period!
It was nice that we got to glimpse the tunnels via live webcam (very unique way to do it!) and we look forward with anticipation to the opening of the tunnels to the public in 2014.

The George Washington house (the start / base for the tour) hosts a dinner every Monday night and we would have loved to have been there for that experience! The house is still a work-in-progress but they’ve done a fabulous job in re-creating the historic look and feel of the interior already!

We then visited Fort Charles (now situated on the outskirts of the Barbados Hilton hotel). The Fort is thankfully being preserved and works were ongoing during our visit.

It was really interesting to see the old Cannons that were thrown into the water for protection of the Fort walls against the rough seas (prior to the groin being built). This tactic clearly worked as the structure is still intact. But it is so strange to look over the walls in several places to see heaps of these old cannons lying at the base! We imagine this does not exist anywhere else in the world!

We then entered St. Ann’s Fort, originally called St. Ann’s Castle, which is now the Barracks, in active use by the Barbados Defence Force as its headquarters. We visited the West India Regiment Room and Officers’ Mess, where we had a refreshing rum punch & fruit punch.
It was lovely to see the original Barbados flag hoisted during the Independence ceremony and other interesting memorabilia from the colonial period through to Independence.

We found out about Dame Ruth Nita Barrow (the first and only female governor-General of Barbados), whose framed photo is mounted on the wall in the Officers’ Mess between other notable Bajan leaders and personalities. Dame Barrow had visited Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment and was one of those who fought tirelessly for his release from prison. It was poignant and coincidental to learn of this at this time, given Mandela’s recent passing.

We loved seeing the cannons/gun collection in the National Armoury and especially the rare gun with Cromwell’s Republican Arms on it (one of only two known to exist). And the Elizabethan, small demi culverin gun from 1600 – the only one known to exist anywhere in the world! Whilst I am not a war history enthusiast, it was really an eye-opening and truly informative tour!

It was novel to be inside the barracks as there is no other way to stand inside unless you’re on this tour.

We made a stop at the Barbados Museum (formerly a Military prison) to see period items and one of the holding cells before heading off to see the Changing of the Guard. The ceremony is held every Wednesday outside the main Guardhouse, but since the previous day was New Year’s and it was closed, we were lucky to see the ceremony on Thursday during our tour.

My husband found it abit corny as it is nothing compared with the true British ceremony but they put on quite a lively display, followed by an invitation for photos with the uniformed soldiers after, which was unique! They also ran a bar so attendees could purchase drinks! Funny! We would never experience this with the Queen’s soldiers in England!

All in all, this was the highlight of our trip this year! We highly recommend this tour to new and seasoned visitors!

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