The area around Six Cross Roads was where the Easter Rebellion of 1816 took place (see Easter). You can visit one of the great houses (Oughterson Plantation House is no longer in operation).
Turn north at Six Cross Roads for Sunbury Plantation. Some 300 years old, the house is elegantly furnished in Georgian style, much of it with mahogany furniture, and you can roam all over it as, unusually, there is access to the upstairs private rooms. In the cellars, you can see the domestic quarters. There is a good collection of carriages. The house and museum were damaged by fire in 1995 but have been restored and opened again. T4236270. US$6. 1000-1630 every day. There is a restaurant in the courtyard. A 5-course plantation house dinner with all the trimmings costs US$75 per person for groups of 15 or more.
Take the road to Harrow and Bushy Park to reach the Barbados Zoo Park. The zoo is very small but has expanded from a bird garden and more animals have slowly been added, these now include tapirs, armadillos, agoutis, several types of monkey and a zebra. Vikki, a small monkey, is a great favourite with children as she will stroke their hands. You are given bread and encouraged to feed the ducks.
Sam Lord’s Castle on the southeast coast is the site of an all-inclusive hotel. It is high on the list of tourist attractions because of the reputation of Sam Lord who reputedly lured ships onto Cobbler’s Reef where they were shipwrecked. There is supposed to be a tunnel from the beach to the castle’s cellars to facilitate his operation. The proceeds made him a wealthy man although the castle was supposed to have been financed from his marriage to a wealthy heiress. The castle is not particularly old or castle-like, being in fact a regency building. Unfortunately the rooms are poorly lit making it difficult to appreciate the fine mahogany furniture or the paintings. Note the superb staircase, you are not allowed upstairs. Wander down to the cove where there is a good example of a turtlecrawl, a salt water pond enclosed by a wall. Here turtles were kept alive until wanted for the kitchen. Today the hotel, in conjunction with the Barbados Wildlife park, keeps a few hawksbill turtles, a shark and a congor eel. US$5 entrance charge (children US$2.50) even though the hotel reception forms part of the 2 rooms open to the public.
Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park, in an old sugar factory, with sugar machinery, craft market, pottery, bottling plant, folk museum, pet farm, pony stables and Foundry Art Gallery. T4201977. US$6 adults, children half price. Rum punch and miniature included. Mon-Thu, 1000-1800, Fri-Sat 1000-2100, Sun 1200-1800.
Crane Bay, southwest of Sam Lord’s Castle, is worth a detour. It is a pleasant cove overlooked by 80-ft cliffs. Crane Hotel often charges for admission, but it is worth it for a drink and the spectacular view over the bay from the cliff top restaurant.