Sunbury Plantation House
Sunbury Plantation House
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The only 17th-century plantation house in Barbados entirely open to the public. Built in 1660 by Matthew Chapman, the house transferred hands through many planters and families who historically relied on the production of sugarcane as its main economic activity, around eight separate families owned Sunbury. The original name of Sunbury was Chapman’s Plantation, and then changed to Branker’s Plantation. During the ownership of the Barrow brothers, the plantation adopted the name of “Brothers Plantation” to Sunbury Plantation, after their home in Britain.
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  • bramblesici
    London, United Kingdom807 contributions
    Great tour
    A superb tour from Justin. Knowledgable, funny, personable. Highly recommend. Beautiful house, superbly restored. Particularly fond of the furniture which is made from locally grown mahogany and rattan
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Sun Flower
    14 contributions
    Amazing history lesson in a visual presentation.
    Learning about plantation life and seeing a home that was typical of it's day. The house is so well maintained and the grounds were beautiful. Very authentic i. e. furniture and decor. We had a wonderful to this house today. Our guide today, Kianna was knowledgeable and so friendly. The little gift shop and café where you're offered a rum punch or fruit punch was so relaxing after your visit. Would definitely recommend. Have to include Dante who was willing to take pictures.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Julie B
    Wokingham, United Kingdom27 contributions
    Very interesting tour and exceptionally knowledgeable staff.
    We were lucky enough to arrive about 10:30 after the cruise trip “ rush”. This enabled us to go at a leisurely pace. The staff were very welcoming and we were assigned Dante to show us around who was very enthusiastic and full of knowledge. There were so many treasures there to see and my hi-light was the 28 seater dining table. Lovely grounds and a welcome drink in a lovely courtyard. I would highly recommend a visit here.Fantastic history.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Michael C
    8 contributions
    Interesting look into the past
    Interesting to see a plantation house as it would have been in the 17th century, including clothes and furniture. Most interesting was was the tools and carriages, saddles. Nicely kept gardens. Useful handout to self guide. An interesting hour. Need a taxi as the buses are less frequent in the fairly remote area. Price of admission includes a drink at the bar.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Janet B
    1 contribution
    Fascinating insight into Barbados history
    We finally got to visit Sunbury Plantation House after several attempts due to Covid. And we were not disappointed. The house and contents are magnificent, the collection of artefacts demonstrate the many sides of plantation house life and Judy, our excellent guide, was able to bring much to life with her incredible knowledge. With just my husband and I on the tour it was more like a conversation than a tour as she was able to answer our questions and elaborate on our impressions. Finished with a rum punch, Barbados style, included in out entrance fee. So glad we finally got to go. PS. Cal waved us a warm and friendly goodbye!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • MamaFig
    Schenectady, New York13 contributions
    Fantastic tour!
    Fantastic! My guide, Cal gave historical facts and personal insights, adjusting my tour to work around bus tours ensuring that I had a very personalized experience! The house is a treasure trove providing a window into Barbados’ rich history and culture! The rum punch at the end can be savored as you process all that you have seen!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 April 2023
  • PawelJZ
    Poznan, Poland366 contributions
    Charming Historical Mansion
    Visiting this impressive historical plantation house was one of the highlights of my holiday on Barbados. It houses an impressive collection of beautiful furniture, antiques and artefacts from the bygone times of Barbados, that all give an overall idea of how influential people used to live in the past and how they managed great plantations. Grand reception rooms, dining saloon and a series of bedrooms upstairs allow the visitor to take a step back in time and there’s still more down in the basement. After all these visual attractions I enjoyed a glass of fruit punch included in the price of the admission ticket and bought a couple of souvenirs from the on-site gift shop. It truly was a very enjoyable half a day trip to this beautifully maintained property, considered one of the best in the Caribbean.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Lourdesdaisy
    Ascot, United Kingdom436 contributions
    Interesting house but rushed tour
    Although a charming house with lots of interesting history our guide rushed us through and often said things like, there’s not much to see in this room. We could easily have spent a bit longer having each room explained to us more fully. Our guides knowledge was also limited and was unable to answer any questions past his normal script. However worth a visit if you are interested in Barbados history
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 January 2024
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7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Lovely place to visit. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Beautiful gardens. Coffee was great. Lots of parking space. Highly recommend.
Written 20 February 2024
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Lourdesdaisy
Ascot, UK436 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Although a charming house with lots of interesting history our guide rushed us through and often said things like, there’s not much to see in this room. We could easily have spent a bit longer having each room explained to us more fully. Our guides knowledge was also limited and was unable to answer any questions past his normal script.

However worth a visit if you are interested in Barbados history
Written 31 January 2024
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PawelJZ
Poznan, Poland366 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visiting this impressive historical plantation house was one of the highlights of my holiday on Barbados. It houses an impressive collection of beautiful furniture, antiques and artefacts from the bygone times of Barbados, that all give an overall idea of how influential people used to live in the past and how they managed great plantations. Grand reception rooms, dining saloon and a series of bedrooms upstairs allow the visitor to take a step back in time and there’s still more down in the basement. After all these visual attractions I enjoyed a glass of fruit punch included in the price of the admission ticket and bought a couple of souvenirs from the on-site gift shop. It truly was a very enjoyable half a day trip to this beautifully maintained property, considered one of the best in the Caribbean.
Written 18 November 2023
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RogerC001
Beckenham, UK359 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
We stopped at Sunbury Plantation House as part of an excursion from our cruise ship.

There was an entertaining demonstration (and tasting) of making rum cocktails.

The tour around the house was interesting, but there were too many people as several coaches from our ship were all doing the same thing at the same time. It would have be easy to change the itinerary to avoid this, but whether that’s the fault of the cruise line excursion organisers or the Sunbury people I can’t say.

The subject of slavery was not completely avoided, but it was but no means a central theme, which might or might not bother you.

The obligatory complimentary glass of punch was offered at the end of the tour: without alcohol or with not very much alcohol.
Written 11 May 2023
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MamaFig
Schenectady, NY13 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Fantastic! My guide, Cal gave historical facts and personal insights, adjusting my tour to work around bus tours ensuring that I had a very personalized experience! The house is a treasure trove providing a window into Barbados’ rich history and culture! The rum punch at the end can be savored as you process all that you have seen!
Written 20 April 2023
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Janet B
1 contribution
Apr 2023
We finally got to visit Sunbury Plantation House after several attempts due to Covid. And we were not disappointed. The house and contents are magnificent, the collection of artefacts demonstrate the many sides of plantation house life and Judy, our excellent guide, was able to bring much to life with her incredible knowledge. With just my husband and I on the tour it was more like a conversation than a tour as she was able to answer our questions and elaborate on our impressions. Finished with a rum punch, Barbados style, included in out entrance fee. So glad we finally got to go. PS. Cal waved us a warm and friendly goodbye!
Written 12 April 2023
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Joanne T
5 contributions
Mar 2023
Myself and the rest of my party were extremely disappointed with our visit. I will start with the one and only positive thing, the house was done nicely and loved looking around it. However i could have been at any museum representing anything, the tour information was very poor and seemed to only focus on how rich the owners were. My biggest disgust is that there was not one reference to slaves or slavery, i feel that was ignoring the history of the house and no acknowledgement to the slaves after all their suffering. Not even a mention of where they used to live on the plantation, it could have been mentioned in a positive way but seemed to be deliberately left out, obviously not wanting to upset the tourists. Everyone knows what the history of plantations and feel it was a big disrespect to the slaves and people who came from them for all of that to be wiped out. I definitely would NOT recommend this house if you want to learn a big part of black history.
Written 30 March 2023
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Michelle Dupuis
Montreal, Canada1 contribution
Mar 2023
Very interesting return into a past that have a dark side. Judy, our excellent guide, talked about that history to make you see how all that difficult period of slavery shaped the way that Barbados is today.
A country that have a very high rate of education and can navigate positively in these modern times with good knowledges of what is going on in a world that need a lots of love.
Written 29 March 2023
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Michael C
8 contributions
Mar 2023
Interesting to see a plantation house as it would have been in the 17th century, including clothes and furniture. Most interesting was was the tools and carriages, saddles. Nicely kept gardens. Useful handout to self guide. An interesting hour. Need a taxi as the buses are less frequent in the fairly remote area. Price of admission includes a drink at the bar.
Written 24 March 2023
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Lisa
Plymouth, MA6 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
All of the previous reviews are very accurate—the house has incredible artifacts, beautiful grounds, and a lovely and informative staff. What Sunbury fails at is the full story. Enslaved people lived on this plantation and the tour never mentions the lives or work of those people ONCE. As a society, we have ways to discuss the injustices of slavery in historically accurate and sensitive ways. It’s a disservice to the Barbadian culture, to museum employees, and to visitors to whitewash this history.
Written 7 March 2023
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