Welchman Hall gully is a great place if you like hiking, plants and natural history. The gully has a tranquil feel and reminds you of how the island must have been 300 years ago. The gully has a tropical forest, in which you will find Barbadian and other exotic tropical plants. The gully is one of the last remaining tropical landscapes that is accessible.
Once part of a plantation owned by General William Asygell Williams over 200 years ago, it was this man that first developed it with exotic trees. The gully is three-quarters of a mile long and offers a wonderful, shady walk on warm days.
Welchman Hall Gully, located in the parish of St.Thomas, is a three-quarter mile (1.2km) long "gully" (really a garden) and home to a number of tropical plants trees, including nutmeg, bamboo, clove and palms. There was a self guiding tour which identified various interesting plants such as the toothpick tree.
Prof P.W. RICHARDS (Cambridge) speaking to a meeting of the British Bryological Society in 1990 on "My first steps in tropical bryology." said: "My first step in tropical bryology was when I set foot on Barbados, August, 1929,.. as a member of the Oxford Exploration Club's expedition. In Welshman's Hall Gully I saw some epiphyllous liverworts..."
The green monkeys are supposed to inhabit this area, but we didn't see any - they are more likely to be around in the very early morning or in the evening.
We were there during Bajan independence day, when Bajans got in free. We went in on the Heritage Passport. Otherwise admission is about $11.50BD
This bar has great views over a couple of hills to the coast.
Beautiful scenery helps you relax with a Banks in your hand. It also serves a limited number of dishes - check the blackboard for what's on offer during your visit.
Favorite Dish: Macaroni pie - a great Bajan dish and a great snack prior to my walk in Welchman Hall Gully.
We wanted to see Harrison's Cave because we heard that the tourists rode electric trains. That was true (I can't find the pictures I took though - I think I took slides).
Harrison's Cave and Welshman's Hall Gully are two aspects of the same thing. Welshman's Hall Gully is a cave that has collapsed at some time in the past.
It has stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls, and pools. Harrison's Cave was first documented in 1796, but was re-discovered by Danish speleologist, Ole Sorenson, in 1970.
Tours are by electric tram and run every half hour. Admission is about BBD26 for adults, BBD12 for children.
Address: Caves of Barbados
St Thomas, Barbados, West Indies
Neighborhood: St Thomas
Phone: +1 246 438 6640; +1 246 438 6641; +1 246 438 6643
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Fondest memory: We took the tour at a time that it was raining - underground was a good place to be then.
I've put this under General Tips because I dont think it is a must-see. It isn't as extensive or as wonderful as many caves.
It isn't off the beaten track either - it is a very well known attraction. It is even listed as one of the 7 wonders of Barbados.
It was an interesting thing for us to see and a good place to go when it was raining.