Cultural Self-Guided Tour in Bridgetown, Bridgetown

Cultural life in Barbados is varied and has a good perspective for the future. To this day, we can still hear remnants of the old English accent, thus revealing the trace, which remained from the time when Barbados used to be a British colony. Today, the city can boast a rich library, gorgeous exhibits and, of course, the one and only George Washington House. Take this tour to find out interesting facts about cultural life in Bridgetown.
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Cultural Self-Guided Tour in Bridgetown Map

Guide Name: Cultural Self-Guided Tour in Bridgetown
Guide Location: Barbados » Bridgetown (See other walking tours in Bridgetown)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: HelenF
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Verandah Art Gallery

1) Verandah Art Gallery

For those who are in love with art and are ardent to find out more about Barbadian influences in this domain, it is recommended to take a look at the original works displayed at Verandah Art Gallery. The pieces are made by local, regional and even international artists. There are also sculptures on display, ceramic figures and jewelry. The gallery is located within The Spirit Bond, Shop 2.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
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Barbados Central Public Library

2) Barbados Central Public Library

Barbados Central Public Library is not just about books, it is also a wonderful building, made of coral-stone, in an English Renaissance style in 1903. It is the most important section of the National Library Service on the island. Here one will find rich collections, which comprise 18th century books in different formats; it is indeed grand and it stocks over 130,000 volumes.
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Frank Collymore Hall

3) Frank Collymore Hall

Frank Collymore Hall is a special cultural venue, created in honour of Frank Collymore, the famous, talented Barbadian writer, actor and painter. The hall is housed by the Central Bank of Barbados, and is thus equipped with modern technology. Various performances, concerts and film screenings are held here, so it is similar to a cultural centre.
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The Globe Cinema

4) The Globe Cinema

If you really are into movies and you’re also interested in saving money, go to the Globe Cinema. It is a one-screen cinema where you can watch two movies, but you pay for one. There are mostly screened films from the US and not so many Carribbean ones. One can choose balcony or house seating - of course there is a difference in price - but a good seat will definitely influence your impression of the movie.
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George Street Auditorium

5) George Street Auditorium

In Barbados one will find quite a few cultural venues; one of these is George Street Auditorium. Here you have the chance to attend lectures and cultural presentations, conferences and a Kids’ Matinee; this place is indispensable to the Barbadians' life.
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Barbados Museum & Historical Society

6) Barbados Museum & Historical Society (must see)

The Barbados Museum & Historical Society is located in a 19th century building, which used to serve as the British Military Prison back then. In 1930, the place was “inhabited” by the museum’s collections; today, one can find furnishings, old historical maps of Barbados, artifacts and many other items of great value. The museum also has a library, dedicated to the island’s history and there are map galleries and a children’s gallery, which are quite educational and entertaining.
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George Washington House

7) George Washington House (must see)

Did you know that Barbados was the only country in the world visited by George Washington apart from the United States? The house, where he spent about two months of his life, has been restored and today it is open for visitors. The place is of great historical value; it comprises a small museum, on its upper floor, characteristic of that period, where one can find out more about Washington and the relationship between the two countries. The house was renovated to match the dominant style of the 18th century, and is definitely a must-see.

Walking Tours in Bridgetown, Barbados

Create Your Own Walk in Bridgetown

Create Your Own Walk in Bridgetown

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bridgetown is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship Self-Guided Tour in Bridgetown

Places of Worship Self-Guided Tour in Bridgetown

Bridgetown, the capital of the island of Barbados, unites various denominations within its perimeter. This is a result of Barbados’ past, which involved the island’s fall into the British colony net. Today, the most dominant denomination is the Anglican one, with quite a number of churches. Take this tour to find out more about religion in Bridgetown and its evolution.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

If you knew that Bridgetown was famous for its duty-free shopping, then guess what? - This is not all the city can boast of! There is a plethora of other things in Bridgetown fit to sparkle one's interest, and local landmarks are just one of them. Going by the obvious British influence present in the sculpture and architecture, one might think they are in London, but no - this is Barbados! Follow this orientation walk and discover Bridgetown's top attractions for yourself!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Shopping Tour in Bridgetown

Shopping Tour in Bridgetown

Bridgetown is the city that will surprise you with the number of duty free shops and department stores it has, but it will also charm you with its handicrafts. Walk the main shopping streets of the city to find items at amazing prices, visit the little local shops and choose the perfect Barbadian gifts and souvenirs. The following tour will guide you through your little shopping adventure in Bridgetown.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bridgetown for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bridgetown has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bridgetown, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.