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Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is a 17th century British colonial city. The site comprises the old town, the port and the former garrison. The latter served as the headquarters of the British Navy in the region.

Bridgetown was an entrepot for goods and slaves, linked to the island's sugar industry and the rest of the Caribbean.

Year Decision Comments
2011 Inscribed Reasons for inscription

Visit November 2003

I was so surprised this one got in, I did not even prepare for it. I had to search old photo albums and digital collections for some pictures. In the process I even retrieved a long lost copy of my Bangladesh photos, so at least something good has come out of it! Finding Bridgetown photos proved to be hard ("Is this Bridgetown, or Speightstown?"). I never had gotten to paste the pics into the photo album and write captions. So I just guessed from the order they were in, and double checked them with photos of Bridgetown on the internet.

I went to Barbados for a week in the autumn of 2003. It's a tiny island, very built-up and touristy in some places. I did not enjoy my stay here, and even "fled" for a couple of days to the paradisiacal neighbouring island of Dominica.

But of course (and fortunately now) I did go to visit the capital Bridgetown. I went on a Sunday, and it was completely deserted. A bit rundown and spooky too. The only memorable part was visiting the Barbados Museum - located in the former prison of the Garrison. It shows the island's history, from the slaves to the cricket players. line


Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, looks very British, with the Trafalgar square, the statue of Lord Nelson, the pubs showing the British lion tearing the French and Spanish flags, the cars driving on the left, the Anglican churches, people playing cricket, at 5 PM everybody was drinking tea...
But to be British is not a defect, so I enjoyed my stay, and met fewer foreigners than in the other Caribbean Islands that I visited.
I went there thanks to the cheap ticket of LIAT, valid for a month, doing islands hopping.
The third day of my stay in Barbados I flew to Trinidad Island.
Date posted: July 2013
Marjorie Davidson (USA):
Just observing the Careenage, and the Parliament Building should have drwn your attention to an island that has no interests,and is only 166sq.miles. Then, the Garrison says why Barbados should be on the UNESCO's World Heritage List.That wooden house that was shown shows the fortitude of Barbadians,especially the slaves that were there for hundreds of years before emancipation.
Date posted: July 2011
Paul Tanner (UK):
We traveled the length of the Antilles from Trinidad to Puerto Rico in 1993 using a LIAT Airpass during which we visited all the different countries., so Barbados was another “stop over” on the way north. We found each of the islands surprisingly different in geography, culture and atmosphere but I can’t say that Barbados was a “highlight” for us. We had a rentacar and took in all parts of the island – including Bridgetown. The only photo I have been able to find of that visit is a nondescript “family snap” of yours truly leaning against a cannon at the Garrrison Savannah Racecourse! Perhaps that says something about the sights on offer. Discussing our memories after 18 years with my wife she only remembered our coffee in the open air café at the Hilton! You should perhaps be aware however that what is “on show” is “The Barbados National Cannon Collection, with some of the most rare and oldest English cannons” (Wiki!). The country was notably wealthier than many of the others we visited and also busier and more developed. Bridgetown has its interests but has received a fair amount of modern development and lacks the “atmosphere” of less busy towns and capitals on other West Indian islands. I am sure Barbados has much to offer many tourists but cultural sightseeing is not its strong suit.
Date posted: July 2011

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