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A Guided Walking Tour of a History of a City - Bridgetown

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get to know the history and culture of Bridgetown and Barbados on this half-day walking tour. With a guide in the lead providing in-depth commentary, you'll get a full picture of what makes the capital of Barbados so special. With an audio headset provided, you won't miss a word, and you'll leave the tour knowing much more Barbadian history than you would simply exploring on your own.
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small group ensures an intimate atmosphere
  • Learn about Barbadian history through a guide's detailed commentary
  • Get a taste of Barbados' cuisine with included snacks
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Independence Square , 39WP+7JW, Bridgetown, Barbados

We will meet you near the gazebo by the Errol Barrow Statute. We give recommended spots for parking, however because there could be changes to the car park, we cannot be responsible for the availability of the car park, especially when Bridgetown is closed..

The Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum , Synagogue Ln, Bridgetown, Barbados

This is the Jewish Historical District. The tour ends here. Or you can continue with the bonus stops and brings you back to Independence Square. You may indicate at the beginning for the tour what your preference is.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Availability for shows cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The start point is the Errol Barrow Statute in Independence Square. The tour guide will meet you there.
  • There are 8 main stops. Independence Square to the Jewish Historical District. Your tour can end here, or you can opt for the bonus 8 more stops from James Street, back to Independence Square
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Bridgetown can be closed on holidays and Sundays. Check the current opening times of Bridgetown, if that is important for you, while choosing your days.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chattel House Audio Tours Inc
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during A Guided Walking Tour of a History of a City - Bridgetown?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during A Guided Walking Tour of a History of a City - Bridgetown?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during A Guided Walking Tour of a History of a City - Bridgetown?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-5
Fun, informative and interesting afternoon with a brilliant guide
Deborah_S
, Mar 2022
Deborah provided an informative, interesting and fun tour of Bridgetown. She happily answered all our questions and no part of the tour felt rushed. The pace was perfect, even in the heat of the afternoon. Deborah is clearly passionate about her country and this came across clearly. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone staying on the island - there is definitely a lot to learn.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Deborah for taking the time to share your experience with us. We certainly love it when we can be engaging with lovely people. We have so much more to share.
star-5
Great tour and informative
Jeroen_W
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide was wonderful we went on a Sunday and it was great as it was not busy on the streets and it was easy to hear him. We learned a lot of things from the tour
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your tour with Evan. We appreciate it and happy that you learnt more about us as a people and an island. Safe travels. Smiles
star-1
Disappointing
Garry_M
, Mar 2022
Very disappointing tour, it was far too religiously oriented (churches and mausoleums).and we felt we didn’t learn much about the history of Barbados. The intercom system was a bit antiquated and it was difficult hearing the guide. Also Bridgetown is closed on Sunday, which should be mentioned before booking.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Garry for taking the time to share your experience. We are sorry that our tour did not meet your expectations. The two hour tour takes in one religious space, any other reference to religion would come from engagement with our guests. For example, many assume our parliament buildings are a church. A lot of our history is reflective in the monuments around the city and therefore form the backdrop of our sharing of our history. We offer a bonus set of stops that include a further two religious spaces as part of our historical experience. These bonus stops are optional. We are happy you decided to take them in spite of your disappointment with the lack of history up to this two hour point. Our units sometimes have interference, however, we try to have spares on hand in the event that someone's system is acting up on the day. We usually ask you to indicate if you have lost quality hearing. We can only address this if we have been informed. Bridgetown is usually closed on Sundays and holidays. However, it can be open on Sundas and holidays. This is not something we can predict. We have encouraged our guests to check before booking, as some want Bridgetown open and others want to tour when it is closed. We take this opportunity, to thank you, that in spite of your disappointment, you did the entire, almost three hour, tour with us as well as took a voluntary selfie with our guide. We appreciate it.
star-5
Informative and enjoyable
GrainneM
, Mar 2022
Very knowledgeable guide in Deborah. Great communicator and a very warm person. Her love for her country was clearly expressed.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We enjoy showing our love with you. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit with us and safe travels.
star-5
Great Experience
Nabilah_L
, Feb 2022
Evan, our tour guide, was enthusiastic, funny, and knowledgeable! I especially appreciate how he didn't gloss over the more uncomfortable parts of the history of the tour. It was a great way to get to know at least part of Barbados, and I'm really happy with the experience.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for leaving us such an encouraging review. We appreciate it. Stay safe.
star-5
Great Tour! A step back in time ... well worth it!
Ingrid_C
, Feb 2022
The guide was extreemly knowledgeable regarding the history of Barbados. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and recommend anyone that is interested in learning about Barbados.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate it. Stay safe and continue to explore.
star-5
Afternoon tour 2/2/22
Pauline_M
, Feb 2022
Very informative tour and insight into the history of Bridgetown given by our guide Evan (apologies if name misspelt). The buildings and areas he pointed out were bought to life with his descriptions. It has left me wanting to know more and a museum visit is now planned
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Wonderful re the museum visit. We are super happy that we were able to communicate that desire. Yes, you got his name spelt correctly. (smile). Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. Say safe.
star-4
Finding my feet
Jane_C
, Nov 2021
As a solo traveller I welcomed walking around the city with a guide who was very knowledgeable and informative.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are happy that we were able to join you as you traversed our beautiful Bridgetown. You will find a "friend" in us. A smile away
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Morning in Bridgetown
Ken_P
, Sep 2021
Debbie was a great tour guide with lots of facts and stories about the Bridgetown history. It was fun to walk around town and be part of a typical work day on the island. Good way to spend a morning
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for spending some of your holiday with us. We appreciate you and the time you have taken to write us a review.
star-5
Fantastic!
Alexander_B
, Sep 2021
This was a must-do tour and Debbie was fantastic! She really knew her stuff and introduced us to the history of Bridgetown and Barbados with the perfect combination of knowledge and humour! Bring a hat for the heat!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We appreciate you for doing so. It is always our pleasure to share our city with our wonderful guests. Yes, the heat could be brutal, even for us locals, especially during the months of August and September. But because of our units, we encourage you to get in the shade. We know you prefer to be with our friendly guides. Smiles
star-5
Fantastic tour!
Anouska_C
, Jan 2021
Deborah is a terrific guide. She was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Bridgetown and Barbados and appreciated the personal insight she shared.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
It was great to have you and your sister on tour with us. Showing our island home is made easier with guests such as yourself. Please continue to enjoy your stay with us.
star-5
Fantastic Walking Tour of Bridgetown
Christine_R
, Nov 2020
This was a fantastic experience and a great in-depth look at Bridgetown and Barbados history. Debbie, the tour guide, was wonderful and incredibly knowledgeable on the content and even did some extra stuff. Thank you for a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you Christine for allowing us to be part of your Barbados journey. It was our pleasure to share with you and your handsome sons, whose names I will remember weekly (smile). May the rest of your time with us be memorable and leave a lasting joy in your hearts. Smiles
star-5
Great personalized experience
Ryan_I
, Mar 2020
We were the only party taking the tour so we had a great personalized experience. Much of Bridgetown is closed on Sunday, so while we were not able to see the city in its usual state, our tour guide Zachary was wonderful in explaining what he was not able to show.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We at Chat Barbados thank you for your feedback and we are happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to being at your service on your next trip.
star-5
Exceeded my expectations
Natalia_C
, Feb 2020
I was not expecting much of the tour since the pictures of it did not look appealing. But turns out those pictures don't give justice to the quality of the tour. Our tour guide Zachary waited for us and gave each one of us a backpack with water, snacks, a map of the city and a headset so we could hear him clearly from his microphone. I was very impressed at his professionalism, he answered all my questions and gave us great insights to the history and culture of the city. He is very knowledgeable, very calm and engaging. We had a lot of fun and would highly recommend it to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We at Chat Barbados thank you for your feedback and we are happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to being at your service on your next trip
star-5
Knowledgeable and Considerate
gmcgowan
, Jan 2020
Alex met us right on time and guided us on a fascinating tour of Bridgetown. He was so considerate, making sure we crossed all roads safely and always tried to stop in the shade to talk to us. He even brought snacks and water for us! He was knowledgeable, being a school teacher, and enlightened us on Bridgetown's troubled history of slavery and colonialism as well as the hope for the future, including the most recent election of Barbados' first female Prime Minister, who won all 30 seats in the House of Commons.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you very much for your review. It was our pleasure to share a bit of who we are with you.
star-4
Second Barbados Visit
arnoldfoulds149
, Nov 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed a very informative tour. Really wanted to go inside a small rum shop we stopped outside on Suttle Street. (Time wouldn't allow). Guide was knowledgeable and keen to learn of our English stories as well. Well worth the tour cost.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for your review, Arnold. Hopefully, we will have enough time to have that "rum shop" experience. :) Thank you for sharing with us as well.
star-5
Bridgetown
jenniferbarry29
, Oct 2019
The tour was excellent and the guide very informative. The tour filled many questions about the historical sites of Bridgetown and Barbados. It was also very interesting to talk about present day life on the island and its hopes for the future. A very worthwhile tour and highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
It is always a pleasure for us to share our story. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate it. Smiles
star-5
Historical Bridgetown
mferlise11
, Aug 2018
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about historic Bridgetown. The city comes to life through the music and beautiful architecture of the buildings. Overall it was worth the money and great experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for your review. We are happy yo have been able to present our home to you. Smiles
star-5
Alex was our Bridgetown tour guide...
Belinda T
, Apr 2018
Alex was our Bridgetown tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and took his time showing us around the city. We highly recommend this tour, not only did we become more comfortable with getting around the city, we learnt a little bit about the slave history of the country. Amazing! Excellent tour Alex!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for taking the time to review. We appreciate it. We are happy you know a bit more about our island home.

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