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Harrison's Cave

Barbados' top tourist attraction promises an escapade to remember

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Barbados Tourist Encyclopedia calls Harrison's Cave one of the seven wonders on the island for a reason. The cave is full of stalactites hanging from the roof and stalagmites emerging from the ground, accomplished with crystal-clear waterfalls and emerald pools. You can find this gem of Barbados tucked in the central uplands of St. Thomas parish, just south of Welchman Hall Gully. Merely join a guided Harrison's Cave tour by electrical tram and enjoy the adventure.

Harrison's Cave tour

Tram tours through the Harrison's Cave run all year round. A well-informed guide ensures that you behold the most impressive sights along the underground journey. Though most of your time you'll stay in the tram car, at specific points, you'll be able to leave the tram and explore the natural gallery up close. Additionally, you can opt for a walking tour or a special Eco tour. For further details on the tours, please check with the organizers.

How to get there & where to stay

As you find Harrison's Cave Eco-Adventure Park on the map, you'll see the cave is situated in the middle of the island. The site is roughly 9 miles (15 km) from the national airport and about 5 miles (8 km) from Bridgetown, Holetown, and Bathsheba. You can get to the community of Allen View by a public bus or taxi, but renting a car must be the most convenient option. Also, consider booking accommodations in advance (see the map below) so that you can kick back and enjoy your stay once you get there.

Interesting facts about Harrison's Cave

There are several interesting facts about Harrison's Cave. It sits at 700 feet (210 m) above the sea; the biggest cavern measures almost 50 feet (15 m) high; the temperature underground hits 27 °C (81 °F). But the most awe-inspiring feature is the cave's constant growth. Admittedly, the yearly change might be thinner than a sheet of paper. Yet, such alterations are considered fast in geological terms.

History of Harrison's Cave

The first mention of Harrison's Cave as a tourist attraction in Barbados dates back to 1795. Yet, the first serious speleological explorations of the underground environment started only in 1970, and the cave finally opened to the public in 1981.

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Who discovered Harrison's Cave?

Jack Peeples

Who owns Harrison's Cave?

Harrison's Cave is managed by nature adventure tour company Chukka Caribbean Adventures (Barbados) Ltd

Where is Harrison's Cave located

In central Barbados, the Parish of St. Thomas, about 5 miles (8 km) from Holetown and Bathsheba

How far from Holetown to Harrison's Cave in Barbados

About 5 miles (8 km)

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