The island of Barbados served as a major Caribbean port for international trade throughout its 400 years of European settlement resulting in a wonderful blend of cultures and ideas that remain woven into its national fabric. Today, this proud island nation honors its unique cultures and traditions with a variety of fascinating historical tours, festivals and special events celebrating Bajan heritage. You can step back in time at St. Nicholas Abbey, a plantation home, offering a glimpse into history with daily tours or take a gastronomic journey at the annual Food & Rum festival featuring international and local chefs, wine experts and mixologists.
Discover the historic origins of the brand. See the distillation and blending techniques that have been perfected over the 300 years of crafting Mount Gay Rum.
Barbados has a rich history and has preserved and restored many of its historic buildings. Visit a plantation house for a trip back in time. The island is dotted with plantation houses, which were the great houses on a plantation or estate. The owners were British and the main crops were tobacco, cotton and sugar. Of the many plantations on the island, a few have remained in the hands of the original owners.
George Washington stayed on the island for six weeks in 1751 - his only trip abroad. The house where he stayed is on the side of the historic Garrison Savannah, the parade ground for West Indies Regiments stationed here in the 17th and 18th centuries. It has been restored by the Barbados National Trust, creating a heritage site that celebrates the visit and the role that Barbados played in the settlement of America.
Established in 1639, the Barbados Parliament is the third oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. The Parliament Buildings house the Barbados National Heroes Gallery and the Barbados Museum of Parliament. Opposite the Buildings are "Trafalgar Square" - now officially called "National Heroes Square" - and a statue of Lord Nelson, which was erected in 1813 and is older than the statue of the same name in London.