Local Connections: George Washington House & the Garrison Historic Area with Cultural Expert

3.5 hours | Barbados | B G I - 2 1 0
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT
- George Washington House
The 180-year-old church is a picture-perfect example of Gothic-inspired architecture complete with imposing façade. Step inside the sun-dappled interior and marvel at the elaborately carved pulpit and beautifully designed curved staircases. Walk to the cemetery for a look at the gravesites of local luminaries including that of Ferdinando Paleologus, a descendent of Emperor Constantine the Great.

- Garrison Tunnels
Discovered during the restoration of George Washington House, the almost forgotten underground tunnels were used as secret passageways for soldiers, connecting them to still undiscovered locations throughout the 10,000-foot military area.

- St. Ann's Fort
Built in 1705 and named after Her Majesty, Queen Ann, the British military headquarters holds 100 well-preserved and truly magnificent colonial buildings. A tour of the armory boasts an extensive cannon collection. Explore the Soldier's Prison, now home to the Barbados National Museum, and experience firsthand the insides of a soldier's cell.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Unchanged for 200 years, the arched roof of the Garrison Tunnels was carved through limestone rock.

SHOPPING
- St. Ann's Fort Museum Gift Shop
A quick stop at the Museum Gift Shop affords you the opportunity to pick up a lovely souvenir or two.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Some of the sights you'll see include the famous Careenage, the town's natural harbor. It may be hard to imagine but hundreds of years ago, the harbor's calm waters would be filled with ships lying on their sides waiting to be cleaned after their long Atlantic journey. Another sight to behold is the House of Parliament. Established in 1639, it's the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth. Opposite the Parliament Buildings is Heroes Square, a small square built in tribute to the island's many heroes.

Special Notes:

The upper floor of the George Washington House, has a museum dedicated to slavery in Barbados and is not part of the tour. Coaches are not permitted to take scooters, wheelchairs or walkers.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Scenic Ride to George Washington House

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Tour of George Washington House

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Tour of Armoury at St. Ann's Fort/Complimentary Drink at Officer's Mess Hall

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:50
Free time at site:
50
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Transfer to the National Museum

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:10
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No

Tour of Military Prison Cells, Stop and Shop at Barbados Museum Souvenir Shop

Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Stop and Shop at Barbados Museum Souvenir Shop

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:10
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Transfer to Main Guard

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:05
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No

Short Story Telling at Main Guard

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
32
Time at site:
00:10
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No

Scenic Ride back to port

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
32
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes