Betty's Hope, St. John's
(3/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
See an important Antiguan historical site at Betty's Hope, the ruins of the island's first large sugar plantation. Established in 1650 during the years of British colonial rule, the plantation used slave labor in the large-scale production of sugar for generations. The site now functions as an open-air museum focused on commemorating the many lives exploited here. Two restored windmills once used to extract juice from sugarcane dominate the grounds; elsewhere you'll find a cistern complex, along with the ruins of the old estate house, a boiling house, and a distillery. Come with a tour or visit on your own; consider reading up on the history in advance as the signage may not cover all the details. Put Betty's Hope into our St. John's vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Create a full St. John's itinerary
map

Plan your trip to St. John's

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in St. John's by other users

15 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM BARBADOS December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Antigua and Barbuda BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Antigua and Barbuda BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Antigua and Barbuda BY A USER FROM ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Barbados, Antigua & St. Lucia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM CANADA February, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 57 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM CANADA October, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Antigua and Barbuda BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Antigua and Barbuda BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Really enjoyed our time here , learnt lots of history about the place and made me revise how hard it was for the people that worked here . A small donation was made for entry to kerp the place going ....  more »
  • I wanted to experience some of the plantation history of the island. Seeing the restored windmill was great, especially after seeing so many remnants. Disappointing that there was little else to see o...  more »
  • We visited Betty's Hope on the Pink Panther Tour and were glad to learn more about Antigua's history, which includes freeing its slaves several decades before the U.S. got around to doing so.