St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey

A colonial plantation house, a large rum distillery, extensive meadows and pastures, and a historic steam railway once used to transport sugar cane and now a tourist attraction.

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A Jacobin jewel

While the name may evoke a connection to the church, in reality St. Nicholas Abbey was never a real abbey. From its inception in 1658, it was a palatial home on a sugar cane plantation, with a rum distillery added later.

The main building of the estate, The Great House, is built in a typically Anglican Jacobin architectural style and is now one of only 4 such buildings in the Western Hemisphere outside Britain.

Be transported back in time to the colonial past

The entire St. Nicholas estate is open to tourists. As part of the tour The Great House you will also get to visit the rum factory and sugar cane plantations.

Take a ride on the historic steam railway, which used to be used exclusively for freight. During the 20th century, it was converted into a roughly 2 km long circuit, the freight cars were converted to passenger cars and the line became a popular tourist attraction.

Admission and opening times

Open daily except Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, but last entry is at 3:30 pm.

Departures of the historic train are always at 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30.

Admission is payable at the door, no advance online booking is required and prices are as follows:

  • The Great House only (+ plantation and distillery) - 60 BBD
  • Train ride only - 60 BBD
  • Combination of The Great House and train ride - 100 BBD

Official information and current prices can be found on the website:

How to get there?

St. Nicholas Abbey is accessible only by car, or rather the nearest bus stop is over 3km away and the frequency of services is very irregular.

There is a tarmac road to the estate and Bridgetown is 27 km away, see the route map on

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