"Sites For You To Look Out For"
There are various historical Barbados landmarks that you may very well
include in your island sightseeing itinerary while spending your vacation on this beautiful Caribbean island,
The best way of getting around
to viewing all of these points of interest during your sightseeing is
by hiring your own car for a few days.
This enables you to
view absolutely everything at your own pace and as Barbados is so
easily accessible, with a relatively good road network, it’s the very
best way of exploring the entire island.
When venturing to and
from these landmarks in Barbados, you will gain a sense of
just how staunchly proud this island is of its history and culture.
Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the
following Barbados landmarks:
Proud Statues Standing Tall!
Throughout the island a number of statues have been erected throughout
history to remind Bajans of where they came from and of the citizens
who have had the greatest impact on our island nation.
These are the easiest historical landmarks to view in Barbados as you
will very likely come across them while driving and touring around the
One of these statues is The Bussa Statue.
This statue is
also known as the ‘Emancipation
Statue’ and commemorates the abolition of slavery in
this particular statue, poignancy is the operative word!
is believed that in 1816,
a slave known as Bussa led an uprising and
rebellion of slaves on the island that had a significant impact on the
abolishment of slavery in Barbados.
This statue, featuring Bussa breaking free from chains fastened to his
wrists, was erected in 1985.
1999 Bussa became the first national hero of Barbados and every year on
August 1st Barbadians gather around this statue to celebrate the
abolishment of slavery and the beginning of our freedom.
Barbados vacation you may find this landmark in Barbados at the Haggatt
Hall Roundabout in St. Michael, along the ABC Highway.
A second Barbados landmark that you will likely see while driving
around the island is The
Sir Garfield Sobers Statue.
statue was unveiled in 2002 to celebrate the life achievements of one
of the most all-round talented cricketers that has ever
Sir Garfield Sobers!
It stands at an impressive 12 feet tall
and weighs a mighty 1.5 tonnes, as it is made entirely of bronze.
You will find this Barbados landmark at the Kensington Oval Cricket Stadium,
the island's major cricket playing field, on the outskirts of the
island's capital of Bridgetown.
Protecting Ships From Our Rugged
North and East Coasts
you come to Barbados you may only ever enjoy the very
gentle seaside of this island on the west or south coasts.
This is because these coasts are
where most of the tourists accommodations, attractions and lagoon like
However, don’t be fooled
by this serene calmness; because underneath it all, Barbados’ east and
north coasts are notoriously surrounded by much rougher Atlantic Ocean
Proof of this can be seen in our
four historic lighthouses that are
located around the coasts of this island.
These are Harrison Point
Point Lighthouse, The
South Point Lighthouse and Ragged Point
Three out of these four Barbados landmarks are still in operation today
warn ships of the perilous rocks which line these coasts.
The Lion At Gun Hill Signal Station
And Barbados Signal Stations
famous lion at the Gun
Hill Signal Station is carved from coral stone
and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Barbados in
its own right.
stone lion at Gun Hill stands about 7 feet tall with its left paw
a red ball. This Barbados landmark was created in 1868 by Captain
Henry Wilkinson an officer at the signal station.
The Gun Hill signal station was
one of six that were in use during the early part of the 19th century,
by the British. These stations were used to communicate news and
around the Caribbean.
If you wish to view this lion and signal station, today this Barbados
landmark has been turned into a tourist attraction and is located in
the centre of the island in the parish of St.George. This
site offers some of the best views
of the south and east coasts of Barbados.
Hall Signal Station is another popular historical point
of interest that visitors to the island can view.
Unlike Gun Hill, this signal station is located in the parish of
St.Andrew along the island's east coast, next to the Wildlife Reserve.
Grenade Hall was builit in 1819
and provided the military with superb views of the east coast and thus
any ships approaching the island.
While visiting the The Wildlife Reserve to see our green monkeys, your
admission will also allow you to visit this landmark in Barbados.
Historical Plantation Houses
And Sugar Factories Of Barbados
Plantation houses and sugar
factories on the island provide you with perfect
insight into how life was like on Barbados over the centuries.
These Barbados landmarks also show how
certain industries remain of vital importance to the economy of this
island nation today.
There are a number of plantation houses to
choose between and these include, St.
Nicholas Abbey, Sunbury
House and Fisher
Pond Great House.
You should also spare some time to take a trip to one of the two sugar
factories in Barbados.
Sugar Factory in St.Joseph and Portvale in
You will notice Andrews Sugar Factory as you make your way to
the east coast of the island and into the parish of St.Joseph.
The Portvale Factory in St.James on the other hand is home of The Sugar
Museum and this is where you will begin to
understand just how important sugar cane was to Barbados and
to this day.
You will also learn how to cultivate and make sugar : ).
Barbados Buildings Of Interests
Now I'm going to mention some buildings that standout on the island
that you may see. The first of utmost importance to our
political history is The
Barbados Parliament Building.
Barbados is proud
to boast the
fact that it has the third oldest parliament system in the
Commonwealth; after Britain
and Bermuda, established in 1639.
With this in mind, the Parliament Building in Bridgetown
is one of the most beautifully impressive
buildings on the island.
style architecture is built from coral limestone and this building was
intended to be strategically placed right in the heart of the capital.
You will obviously visit our capital Bridgetown during you trip to the
island. While touring the city you can easily identify this
Barbados landmark by its tall
clock tower atop which sits the island's flag.
Some of the oldest Barbados landmarks are also our churches.
there were six parish churches scattered across the island with the St.
Lucy’s Parish Church being one of the original six.
The two easiest churches for you to see are the St.James Parish Church
and Christ Church Parish
Church depending on which coast you choose to stay on.
If you are staying along
the west coast of the island, you will likely be very near to the
village of Holetown where you will find St.James Parish Church.
This is the
anglican church in Barbados built of wood in 1628 by the first
British settlers to the island and later rebuilt out of stone.
This is one of the oldest landmarks in Barbados.
If you are staying on the south coast of the island on the other hand,
you will be able to see the Christ
Church Parish Church.
This is another Anglican church which was built in 1935 and can be
found in the village of Oistins.
This church in Barbados is known for its Chase Vault, a vault where
coffins were placed and then the vault sealed shut. It is
believed that coffins in this sealed vault mysteriously change
location and move around.
A third point of interest is our large cricket stadium known as the Kensington Oval Cricket Stadium.
other sport or pastime is of more importance to Barbadians than
This is one legacy the island was so pleased to adopt from the
British and you will actually start to feel how the people of this
literally live and breath this sport.
Cricket Stadium is an impressive venue that simply has to be included
in any Barbados landmark viewing itinerary.
It was orginal built in 1871
but it's current appearance is due to a massive expansion and
renovation of the stadium for several matches of the World Cup of
Cricket held in 2007.
It can now hold up to 28,000
spectators and its grandstand is the second tallest structure in
There are a variety of historic cricket events that took place at the
Kensington Oval including the first cricket match between a
West Indies team and a Marleybourne Cricket Club team in the Caribbean
in 1911, as
well as the first West Indian cricket grounds to host an English
touring cricke team in 1895.
You may see this Barbados landmark when travelling out of the city back
to your hotel along the west coast. It will be directly
infront of you as you leave Bridgetown and make your way on to the
Spring Garden Highway.
Well, there you have it...some Barbados landmarks that you should add to your list of things to do in Barbados during your Barbados vacation. Take the
time to capture a picture of each one for some long lasting memories!