Sunbury Plantation House, Saint Philip Parish

3.6
#3 of 20 in Museums in Barbados
Built in 1660 by one of the first settlers on the island, Sunbury Plantation House is a grand home filled with antiques, artwork, and even a collection of horse-drawn carriages. Despite a fire, the attraction still features impeccable rooms and gardens. Look for items once used by the plantation's inhabitants, see old optical machinery and sight-testing equipment brought to the site by a once-resident doctor, and view the largest collection of carriages in the Caribbean. The house also offers a restaurant and bar on site. Plan your visit to Sunbury Plantation House and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Saint Philip Parish trip itinerary tool .
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  • We hired a taxi from the cruise port and went to Sunbury house. What a treat seeing how Bajans lived. It made a big change from all the beaches and rum of other excursions! The house and gardens where...  more »
  • Built on 1650 this beautifully maintained estate house is an example of the plantation life of a bygone age and has an amazing collection of antique carriages and memorabilia. It was the Dutch that co...  more »
  • On Friday I was driving past the Sunbury Plantation House in the rustic parish St Philip in beautiful Barbados when I saw a sign outside saying "Today special...Pudding and Souse". To the initiated, P...  more »
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  • I celebrated my birthday on August 23, 2017 in Barbados. I was treated to lunch at the Sunbury Plantation Restaurant. Excellent service! Later, I treated myself and my companion to a tour of the plantation house. Here are my observations: 1. The grounds of this property are in need of a refurbishment. I was first struck with the disrepair of the walkways leading to the restaurant and the plantation house. The fact that while I was dining a tour group, consisting mostly of older people, one or two with walkers, arrived at the restaurant and had to navigate the shabby and uneven walkway was cause for concern and did not lend the elegance to the property which I think it deserves. 2. The entrance to the property, to say the least, is unimposing. Again, a general repaving of the area is needed. It looks tired. 3. Please remove that "covering" at the window which is immediately to the left of the stairs to the entrance of the house. It is shabby. 4. While I was pleased with the vast array of historical artifacts, this house has absolutely no cooling system -- no fans, no air conditioning. I'm stunned that with all the four- and five-star reviews no one noticed how hot the place was. Could it be it was off the day of my tour? There we were, literally dripping and wiping as we made our way through the various levels of the house. The fact that I was dripping wet took away from the experience. I just wanted to get through as quickly as possible and leave. My discomfort took away from what would have otherwise been a very interesting tour if I had been comfortable enough to appreciate the exhibits. The least tour participants should expect after paying a $20 entrance fee is the small comfort of some fans as they tour the house. My overall impression: Nice display of artifacts, but an experience dampened by inattention to groundskeeping and no cooling system in place. Fix those and I believe this tour will be well worth the price.
  • Afternoon tea at this 18th century sugar plantation/estate is a must if you have the opportunity. Truly amazing!
  • This historic venue is set near a main road but you cannot hear the traffic go by. The food is good they have limitted steps for the disabled to maneuver. The times i have been there the staff is nice though this last time the gave me pause but it was not ridiculous so they don't lose any point in my book for now.
  • Great buffet and visit to the house - it takes you right back in to time and one wonders how slaves were treated and how their masters lived.
  • Lovely old house (1650) to visit.
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