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St. Nicholas Abbey picture in Barbados
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  • BB$40 (about $20) for adults; BB$20 (about $10) for kids
  • Sun-Fri 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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  • Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Tours, Wineries/Breweries Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Though larger rum distilleries like Mount Gay Rum and West Indies Rum can be found on the island, few offer the historic charm of St. Nicholas Abbey. Unlike other Bajan distilleries, St. Nicholas Abbey distills its rum in traditional small batches. In addition to its rum, the attraction also features a 350-year-old plantation home, which houses a museum with various antiques. Multiple gardens and orchards are also located throughout the property.

Travelers rave about St. Nicholas Abbey's two-hour tours. Rum samples, which are included with entrance fees, are provided throughout the tour. The plantation's architecture and historic significance also received high praise from prior visitors. To make the most of your visit, tour the property on a Wednesday or Thursday when sugar cane is ground in-house.

St. Nicholas Abbey is located within St. Peter parish, about 5 miles northeast of Speightstown. The property is open to the public Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and entrance fees cost 40 Barbadian dollars ($20) for adults and Bds$20 ($10) for children. Limited guided tours are offered for free, or visitors can do a self-guided tour. Tickets include access to the plantation home's museum, the property grounds and the rum distillery. A complimentary fruit or rum punch sample is provided for all visitors. Additional beverages, plus sandwiches, salads and desserts are available at the attraction's Terrace Café. Restrooms, a gift shop and free parking are located on-site as well. A car is required to visit this attraction. For more information, visit the abbey's website.

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