George Washington House
George Washington House
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A nineteen year-old George Washington spent two months at this house, making Barbados the only foreign nation Washington ever visited.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • HolidayBecky
    Surrey, United Kingdom96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Very nicely presented, relatively small (by UK National Trust standards, at least) house. Good audio guide and short movie to explain more about the house and especially the link to George Washington (spoiler alert: it is not now, nor has it ever been, ‘his’ house!) Interesting exhibits in the rooms upstairs in the house - we learned a lot. We visited on a Thursday morning, and the lady at the ticket desk encouraged us to go and watch the changing of the sentry outside the Guard House just across the road, which was a bonus. Also a friendly and popular on site cafe.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Jeff & Ilona
    Brampton, Canada7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNESCO World Heritage Site
    We booked a guided tour but there is a self-guided option. We enjoyed the house tour and walked through the tunnel. We also went to the garrison. Our guide pointed out the highlights of the garrison which included the look-out tower and the cannon room. Thanks to our guide who was very knowledgeable about George Washington's stay in Barbados. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the cafe and would recommend it and the food.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Lorraine
    New York32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend a visit here!
    This place is filled with history and the movie and the self guided tour on the headset they give you is very good. Reasonable priced entry fee too. Enjoyed learning about a part of George Washington's life I had no idea about. Also learned a lot about history of Barbados too.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
  • Francie H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected Fascinating American history on Barbados
    We had two days in Bridgetown Barbados after our Caribbean cruise. Our cab driver from the port pointed out the George Washington house, explaining that George Washington had spent time on Barbados and they had a museum of the house where he stayed. We love history and so George Washington House was the 1st place we visited in Barbados. It is a fascinating tour that I recommend for any history fan. The house is furnished the way it would have been when George Washington stayed there. Your tour ticket includes a recorded tour which gives all kinds of fascinating information about what George Washington did during his visit and how what he learned in Barbados informed choices he made as general of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. There is also a lovely cafe on the property where we stopped and had a coke break. While we didn't eat there, the food looked amazing. I highly recommend making George Washington House part of your visit to Bridgetown, Barbados.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 January 2024
  • Daisy
    Leeds, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Head straight to the gift shop and cafe
    This museum details George Washington’s 2 week holiday in the 1700’s where he spent most of it in bed with smallpox! As you can imagine, there isn’t much to see but some good info about the history of Barbados. The cafe however, is excellent! Our waiter, Andre, was exceptional!! Friendly, charismatic, attentive and ensured we were well looked after. The rum punch is a must, we had several! We would absolutely return but bypass the museum and head straight to the cafe!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Gunnar
    Dalarna County, Sweden15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly staff, great audio tour, good exhibition
    I was very pleasantly surprised! The house was a nice time capsule, but the main take away was in both the excellent self-guided audio tour, and in the upstairs exhibition on the history of both the site it self, but also on Barbados and the colonial period, which helped me get a much better understanding of the islands history. In addition, the staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly — even by Bajan standards! There is also a nice café. The tunnels are fascinating, although only a short stringy stretch is open to the public — a somewhat missed opportunity, even if understandable. I definitely do not regret going, and would recommend a visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 January 2024
  • Erin M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make this part of your visit to Barbados
    Our tour of the George Washington House was a highlight of our cruise. Our tour guide, James, did a wonderful job explaining the history of the island and George Washington’s visit there. Very interesting and informative and so worth the price of a ticket! Highly recommend. 10 out of 10.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,261 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent historic house
    Absolutely fascinating and very well presented, this is a delightful museum and taught us so much, we had no idea of GW's (brief) connection with Barbados. It's easy to feel the historic atmosphere and imagine life in the house several hundred years ago. We also walked the long tunnel, gosh how narrow (people were slimmer then!)
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Ricochan
    New York376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The first president of the U.S. was here
    As an American, I've had the privilege of visiting numerous locations that the first U.S. president, George Washington, either resided in or visited, even if it was just for a single beer. Barbados is the only (currently) foreign country he ever stayed in, and it was here that a young George Washington gained scientific knowledge and made significant connections that would later aid his career. The audio self-guided tour, which was included in the $20 admission fee, along with a short film, were well worth the cost. A section of the extensive tunnel system is accessible from the property. Normally, I'm not one for confined spaces, but the path was sufficiently lit for this claustrophobic person. We walked to the house from our hotel, but there was ample parking available on-site. I'm not certain if access might be challenging on race days. I recommend a stroll to the clock tower for an excellent photo opportunity. The entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I noticed a charming couple seated on one of the benches around the racetrack. Garrison is indeed a tranquil area.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Roving63695630851
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour of George Washington House
    The tour of the Geo. Washington house was very informative and well done! Learned a good deal about the Caribbean Slave trade. Did not know that the value of sugar and rum far outpaced US goods as far as the British were concerned. Also toured the Barbados museum just up the hill and that also was well worth doing. Did not walk through the "Garrison tunnel"...went down the steps and peered in and it was way too narrow to be comfortable for us.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 March 2024
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GerMae E
Phoenix, AZ22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This wasn't a bad tour, I just think it was more of a history buff's attraction. The tunnel experience was our main draw for this one. I don't know that I would have spent the money on it in retrospect.
Written 16 May 2024
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Melissa
Jersey City, NJ59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was super small but informative, so enjoyable, however, such a quick visit. There’s really nothing else to do around there either once finished with the tour. Also, everything seemed to be out in the open/heavily refurbished so I’m not sure what was original and what was not. That would have been cool to learn/know.
Written 10 May 2024
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Effy
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Reasonable ticket prices and friendly staff.
Self-guided visit with a handheld audio device to add more detail.
There is a cinema room playing a short documentary.
Beautifully restored house. Small but perfect.
An informative, sensitive and respectful room dedicated to the victims of slavery.
The tunnels are an interesting element.
A lovely site overall and well worth a visit.
Written 3 May 2024
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Anne S
Leeds, UK575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This was quite interesting, good audio tour which told the story very well.
The tunnel was very good, shame it wasn’t a bit longer.
Written 23 April 2024
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mr b
Preston, UK188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Nice area next to the race track. Colonial house and lots of info about George before the revolution . Plenty to see and the best made of it. Watch the video first beforehand 63m tunnel bit tight.

Nice cafe to relax at the end or before.
Written 21 April 2024
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Frank M
Florence, SC88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Went to visit after seeing the Barbados Museum, which is a short walk away. the grounds are quite accessible and have some nice restrooms and a cafe. the house is accessible on the first level to wheelchairs, however the upper level and the tunnel are stairs only. definitely cool to see and gives some interesting insights into George Washington and the revolutionary war. I would highly recommend to walk around and see the area then stop at the cafe and get some rum punch and their ceviche, as both are excellent.
Written 19 April 2024
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Roving63695630851
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The tour of the Geo. Washington house was very informative and well done! Learned a good deal about the Caribbean Slave trade. Did not know that the value of sugar and rum far outpaced US goods as far as the British were concerned. Also toured the Barbados museum just up the hill and that also was well worth doing. Did not walk through the "Garrison tunnel"...went down the steps and peered in and it was way too narrow to be comfortable for us.
Written 19 March 2024
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Ricochan
New York376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
As an American, I've had the privilege of visiting numerous locations that the first U.S. president, George Washington, either resided in or visited, even if it was just for a single beer. Barbados is the only (currently) foreign country he ever stayed in, and it was here that a young George Washington gained scientific knowledge and made significant connections that would later aid his career. The audio self-guided tour, which was included in the $20 admission fee, along with a short film, were well worth the cost. A section of the extensive tunnel system is accessible from the property. Normally, I'm not one for confined spaces, but the path was sufficiently lit for this claustrophobic person. We walked to the house from our hotel, but there was ample parking available on-site. I'm not certain if access might be challenging on race days. I recommend a stroll to the clock tower for an excellent photo opportunity. The entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I noticed a charming couple seated on one of the benches around the racetrack. Garrison is indeed a tranquil area.
Written 18 March 2024
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely fascinating and very well presented, this is a delightful museum and taught us so much, we had no idea of GW's (brief) connection with Barbados. It's easy to feel the historic atmosphere and imagine life in the house several hundred years ago.
We also walked the long tunnel, gosh how narrow (people were slimmer then!)
Written 6 March 2024
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AndyCapp69
UK88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great little cafe to have lunch and the Berger & chips were very nice. Good informative video. Museum let down by explaining slavery, but not a word on how slavery was ended (after much hardship trying to do so)
Written 28 February 2024
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