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St Nicholas Abbey

A real living Barbados museum


St Nicholas Abbey is an amazing Jacobean plantation great house tucked away in an area of enchanting natural beauty in northern Barbados. I must say there is nothing to get your Barbados holiday going like a visit to this national treasure.

The grounds of the Abbey comprise over 400 acres of sugar cane fields, tropical gullies,
mahogany forests and lush gardens. You wouldn’t believe it, the buildings are over three centuries old! And feature elegant curvilinear gables, cornerstone chimneys and fireplaces.

You’ll be treated to guide tours of the mansion, where you’ll come face to face with the meticulous work that has gone into creating this 17th century masterpiece. You’ll also come across a wealth of furnishings from this early era, including antiques and artifacts spanning the home’s 350-year history. 

St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados

It’s a real living museum that is so steep in history… you can almost feel the past as you tour the main house and lush gardens. But what makes St. Nicholas even more stunning is the fact it is one of just three remaining 17th century mansions in the Western Hemisphere.


If you think the architecture and the furnishings are amazing wait until your tour takes you to the rum distillery… On this part of the tour you can view a recently restored 1890 steam mill grinding sugar cane in the old syrup factory. You wouldn’t believe it this old mill had not been operational in the syrup factory since 1947, it truly is amazing.


And the best part you get to join the many thousands who get to taste St. Nicholas’ special age blends of rum in the plantation bond, where the spirit is hand-bottle and sold… You can even buy some of this aged rum and take it home with you… By the way custom engraving is available if you wish to create a wonderful gift or souvenir for that special someone.


St. Nicholas Barbados Rum


St Nicholas Abbey Barbados Tour


St Nicholas Abbey Barbados Grounds

The Grounds

The grounds of the St Nicholas Abbey comprise a number of lush gullies filled with giant Mahogany trees, majestic cabbage palms, ancient silk cotton and a wealth of other flora and fauna.

All Visitors to this magnificent property are welcomed to explore the gullies, but do be extremely careful because the paths are rugged and sometimes very slippery.
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St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados Rum Distillery

The Distillery

A visit to the St Nicholas Abbey allows you to explore distillery where a purpose build  combination pot still and distillation column, produces ethyl alcohol at 92% or 184 proof, which is then dilute to 65% for aging.


The Rum produced at St. Nicholas is the only rum in Barbados produce from cane syrup rather than from molasses.

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