Explore the Historic Garrison


Ins & Outs of Barbados

March 27, 2020

Changing of the Sentry

This takes place in front of the 1804 Main Guard (Clock Tower) at the Historic Garrison every Thursday at 12 noon. An authentic staging of an activity that would have been performed numerous times a day in the 19th century.

Changing of the Sentry at the Historic Garrison's Main Guard

It is presented by the ‘Sentries & Corp of Drums of Barbados’ (retired or current servicemen). The Sentries dress in the distinctive Zouave uniform; originally selected for the famous West India Regiments by Queen Victoria in 1856.

Dinner with George

Every Monday 7-10pm, a unique dining and theatrical experience. The first US President, George Washington, regales dinner guests with entertaining vignettes of his life’s story.

Dinner with George at George Washington House

Warm candlelight and live baroque music transports one to the year 1751. A 5-course dinner with fine wines in the very dining room of the house that George spent 7 weeks of his life, when just 19 years old.

Night Tours of the Garrison

Every Friday night from 6:45pm until 8:45pm. An entertaining night tour through the Historic Garrison, dramatising crime, punishment, murder and execution. BB$20-30. Reservations are preferred.

Day Tours of the Garrison

This 3 hour walk and coach tour describes the attempted invasion of Barbados and the role of Barbados in the American War of Independence.

It takes in George Washington House, the mysterious Garrison Tunnels, Charles Fort in Carlisle Bay, the Officers’ Mess for a drink and a tour of St. Ann’s Fort and the National Armoury Museum. The tour concludes at the Main Guard.

The Garrison Tunnels

National Armoury and Cannon Museum

Paul Wilton offers personalised tours for 1 to 12 people of this splendid 17th century fort, museum and 17th century English iron cannon collection at the Historic Garrison.


BB$10 per person. By appointment only. Monday-Friday 10am-12pm.

Things to do

From swimming with sea turtles, partying under the stars, exploring the rugged east coast to enjoying the island’s duty free shopping, Barbados has something for everyone.