Garrison Things to Do
The Barbados Museum is located on the NE end of the historic Garrison Savannah. The building itself was built between 1817 and 1853, and is a former British Military Prison, and is a beautiful example of British Colonial architecture. The museum showcases the entire history, culture, and ecosystem of Barbados, even showcasing the island's African...more
Once a week from June to March, visitors to the Garrison are treated to a beautiful ceremony, known as the Changing of the Sentry. The ceremony has been taking place in front of the Main Guard since December 2011, and is a reenactment of a ceremony that dates back to the 1700s. "Sentry", is basically another word for guard, and the event is very...more
Located on the grounds of the luxurious Hilton Hotel, is the historic, Charles Fort, well, what's left of it. The fort was built by the British Military in 1650, to protect Carlisle Bay, against enemy attack, but was never used in any battle. Originally called Needams Fort, after Needams Point, the name was changed to Charles Fort in 1660, in honor...more
George Washington only visited one other country during his entire life, and that country was, you've guess it, Barbados. He came to the island in 1751, with his half brother Lawrence, when he was just 19 years old. The trip took 2 weeks, and he visited the island for 2 months, and stayed in this house, which was built just a year earlier, and was...more
Originally built in 1705, and named after Her Majesty, Queen Ann, this historic fort now serves as a military training facility. The red building is actually not the original fort, as most people think. It was actually built into the walls of the original fort, in 1790, by the British Military, who used it as a Commissariat. The building was...more
Located on the grounds of the luxurious Hilton Hotel, is the historic Needhams Point Lighthouse. One of the islands 4 lighthouses, it stands 43 ft. high, and was built in 1855, making it the island's second oldest lighthouse. Unlike the other lighthouses in Barbados, the Needhams Point lighthouse featured a stationary rather than rotating light,...more
This is considered by many, to be the most beautiful building in the Garrison, and is its symbol, and main attraction.Located right in the center of the Garrison, this beautiful building was constructed in 1804, along with its famous and picturesque clock tower. The clock itself, was made a year earlier, and the chimes every 15 minutes.Another...more
After a few days on the island, you will learn that horse racing is a huge part of Bajan culture. In fact, the Garrison Savannah is most famous for its horse racing track. The track dates from around 1845, and is the oldest functioning horse racing track, in the Western Hemisphere. The first race took place the same year, between wealthy merchants...more
The first thing we did after we got the car was go to the Barbados Museum. It took us a little bit of time to find it.The Barbados Museum is housed in an original 19th century British Military prison at St. Ann's Garrison. There is a small place to eat there but we waited and went to Brown Sugar later.The first area is about the ecology of the...more
Take The Bus
The bus is the cheapest way to get to the Garrison. It only costs 2 BBD, and it's really easy. just make sure you have exact change. There are three different types of buses, Blue Government Buses, Orange/Yellow private mini buses, and White Vans. They all run the same route, but the white vans run the most frequently. Every few minutes. Than the Orange/Yellow mini buses. Blue Buses are least frequent. If you're traveling north, just get on any bus that says Holetown, Speightstown, or Bridgetown. If you're traveling south, get on any bus that says Oistins.
They all stop at the Garrison, just on opposite ends. The Holetown and Speightstown buses stop next to the Barbados Museum, the Bridgetown buses stop next to St. Ann's Fort, and the Oistins buses do both. The Garrison is small, and you can walk across it easily, in 5 or 10 minutes, so it really doesn't matter on what side you get off.
Buses will slow down, and people will ask you where you're going, so just tell them, and they will tell you whether or not, it's the right bus. Locals at the bus stops can also assist you, or just ask the driver.
This white van wanted to take us, but we ended up taking a private orange bus, as this local girl at the bus stop was telling us, not to get in the white van. I'm not exactly sure why, but when a local tells you not to do something, you listen.Related to:
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Garrison Off The Beaten Path
Barbados Turf Club (Racetrack)
There was no racing when we were there. You can now follow the races on line. For the middle of 2007, the schedule is:
BARBADOS FILLIES GUINEAS WEST INDIAN BRED 3-YEAR-OLDS *35,000.00 1570M (FILLIES ONLY)
(SIMULCAST OF THE BELMONT STAKES FROM BELMONT PARK, NEW YORK, USA)
VAL GALE CUP A1 + LOWER (WFA - WITH SUB-CLASS $20,000.00 1800M ALLOWANCES)
JULY [2ND LEG OF BARBADOS TRIPLE CROWN]
PINNACLE FEEDS BARBADOS MIDSUMMER CREOLE CLASSIC WEST INDIAN BRED 3-YEAR-OLDS *$46,000.00 1800M
THE QUEEN'S PLATE B1 - D2 (WFA - WITH SUB-CLASS (ALLOWANCES) $15,000.00 1800M
THE CORONATION SPRINT TROPHY (CONDITION RACE) WEST INDIAN BRED 3-YEAR-OLDS
PLATINUM HEIGHTS DEVELOPMENT TROPHY WEST INDIAN BRED 2-YEAR-OLDS $25,000.00 1100M
UNITED INSURANCE BARBADOS DERBY DAY - [3RD LEG OF BARBADOS TRIPLE CROWN]
WEST INDIAN BRED 3-YEAR-OLDS *$68,000.00 2000M
BREEDERS’ SPRINT STAKES & TROPHY BARBADOS BRED 3-YEAR-OLDS AND *$20,000.00 1100M OVER
The racegoer can enjoy the view from the Grand Stand, The Field Stand, The Sir John Chandler Stand or if they are lucky enough to get an invitation to the luxurious Corporate Boxes overlooking the famous paddock bend.
Admissions are as follow:
Grand Stand ---- $BD5.00 except Gold Cup Day, Guineas Day, Midsummer Classic Day,Derby Day and Boxing Day.
Club House ---- $BD25.00 except Gold Cup Day
There is a dress code for the Club House which is as follows:-
MEN Lounge Suite,Collar shirt with Tie or Shirt Jack Suit no shorts or open shoes.
WOMEN Elegantly formal.
MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF SIXTEEN ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CLUB HOUSE
The Club also offers a Gold Package @ $BD150.00 which includes Trasportation to and from your destination, entrance fee to the Garrison and a Buffet (not including drinks).
Dress Code for the Restaurant is as follows:-
MEN Collar shirt and trusers
WOMEN Elegantly CasualRelated to:
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