TRAIN TOUR TO ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY
In a nutshell An unmissable excursion that combines history and nature on an old steam train that will cross the hills of the island of Barbados, with picturesque views of the coast, to St. Nicholas Abbey, one of the last 17th-century Caribbean residences, immersed in palm groves, mahogany forests, sugar cane plantations and offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. An experience not to be missed!
Good to know
- Coach trip along the 'Gold Coast' or 'Platinum Coast' of Barbados: luxury hotels, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters
- Information about the steam railway on the journey
- Cherry Tree Hill: picturesque views of the Atlantic coast
- Arrival at the railway station: departure on the train
- St. Nicholas Abbey, historic residence: lake with migratory birds, mahogany forests, palm trees, sugar cane plantations, limestone quarry
- Return train ride to the railway station: breathtaking views of the north coast and rural villages
- Free time for shopping in the souvenir shop
- Return coach trip to the port with a photo stop at the Morgan Lewis Mill on the Atlantic coast
- We will leave the port on a comfortable coach and travel along the famous west coast of Barbados, known as the 'Gold Coast' or 'Platinum Coast' due to the presence of numerous deluxe houses and luxury hotels, sophisticated restaurants and white sandy beaches lapped by turquoise waters.
- On the way, our guide will provide interesting information about the history of the steam train that is about to take us on an exciting adventure.
- We will reach Cherry Tree Hill, which takes its name from the cherry trees that once covered it, where we can enjoy picturesque views of the Atlantic coast and take some photos.
- When we reach the railway station, before the train departs, locomotive Tjepper No. 5 will start its engines, and after a short introduction to how it works and some safety rules, we will climb on board one of the three carriages, ready to set off.
- At the stationmaster’s whistle, followed by a loud burst of steam, the train will leave the station and head north to St. Nicholas Abbey in the Parish of St. Peter, which was built in 1660 and is one of the last remaining 14th-century residences in the Caribbean.
- When we reach our destination, we will get off the train and start exploring this wonderful place, surrounded by a lake inhabited by migratory birds, thriving mahogany forests, towering palm trees, sugar cane plantations and stones from an abandoned limestone quarry, which is believed to have been the source of the original stone used to build the residence.
- Before we leave, we will have the chance to see and take photos of the locomotive changing direction as it is linked to the opposite end of the carriages for the return journey.
- At the train’s double whistle, we will get back into the carriage and descend back down the hill, admiring breathtaking views of the north coast of the island and the sleepy rural villages in the area.
- When we reach the station, we will have free time to visit the souvenir shop and buy a few things, including rum and sugar-based products produced and only sold here.
- After shopping, we will return to the port by coach, stopping for photos at the Morgan Lewis Mill, the largest remaining windmill in Barbados, which dominates the stunning views of the Atlantic coast.
Good to know
- This excursion will be conducted in English.