Bridgetown

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Bridgetown showing a church or cathedral, heritage elements and heritage architecture
Explore the capital and largest city for historical reference and even more great beaches and other activities, including the world’s oldest rum.

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and a city with a lot of history. When the English arrived to declare the area a British colony in the 17th century they found an abandoned Indian settlement and bridge and later gave the area the Bridgetown name. The harbor became a critical port for ships traveling across the Atlantic and was heavily protected against attack from other colonizing European powers. Visit the Bridgetown Garrison, initially constructed starting in 1705 as a British fortification, and now an internationally protected World Heritage Site. Take a guided walking tour to appreciate the historic significance of the military, commercial and social activities of the 18th and 19th centuries in Barbados. Points of interest include St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s churches, Queen’s Park, Jewish Synagogue, Heroes Square and Parliament Building.Walk in the footsteps of earlier world leaders by visiting the George Washington House and the Lord Nelson Monument in Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square) in front of the Parliament Building.For a lighter look at history, tour the Mount Gay Rum Factory bottling facility which claims to be the best and oldest rum in the world. It has been made in Barbados since 1703. Make reservations to enjoy taste testing on weekdays children can participate but not drink. On Saturdays, watch thoroughbred horses race at Garrison Savannah, where horses have been running for over 150 years. Bridgetown is the largest city on Barbados, with a population of nearly 100,000. It is the center for transportation, shopping and arranging excursions, a convenient hub for activities across the island. You can stay in a hotel in Bridgetown and drive or take a bus or taxi to any of the beaches and other attractions on the island in two hours or less. Or, from the city center drive or take a taxi to one of half a dozen beaches within 10 minutes.Bridgetown is just 20 minutes from the international airport.

Where to stay in Bridgetown

Sweetfield Manor
Sweetfield Manor
4 out of 5
Brittons New Road, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is €133 per night from 12 Aug to 13 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (117 reviews)
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"Staff amazing - location not the best in terms of the beach and getting around definitely need a hire car"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2022

Sweetfield Manor
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
4 out of 5
Aquatic Gap, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, St. Michael
The price is €147 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Hilton Barbados Resort
Hilton Barbados Resort
4.5 out of 5
Needhams Point, Bridgetown, BB11000
The price is €246 per night from 10 Sep to 11 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Very clean and spacious property. However, beach does not look like the picture. Better beach about 5 minutes walk."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2022

Hilton Barbados Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Malfranza Apartments
Malfranza Apartments
3 out of 5
Cosy Corner, Train Line Road, Haggatt Hall, Bridgetown, BB11058
The price is €78 per night from 11 Aug to 12 Aug
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (32 reviews)
"The property was clean management was efficient and ready to listen and take care of any problem i really enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2022

Malfranza Apartments
Two Story House for rent
Two Story House for rent
Fairfield, Saint Michael
Stay at this holiday home in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and limo/town car service. Popular attractions Carlisle Bay and U.S. Embassy are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
Good times
"Nice, clean and convenient house. Owner could not have been more helpful. She set us up with a driver for the week and he made our trip even more enjoyable."

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2022

Two Story House for rent
Paradise Villas
Paradise Villas
3 out of 5
Paradise Villas, Paradise Drive, Black Rock, St Michael, Bridgetown, West Indies
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Bridgetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (49 reviews)
Cricket trip.
"Excellent, spacious accommodation, very clean, very helpful host and friendly staff. 3 minutes walk to the beach."

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2022

Paradise Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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