Candlelight Walking Tour
Duration: Half Day
Aside from being an idyllic holiday destination, the beautiful isles of Bermuda are steeped with history. This tour will take you on an enchanting walk by candlelight through the historic town of St. George, led by the Town Crier himself, the Mayor of St. George, in traditional costume.
Smaller and quieter than the town of Hamilton, Bermuda’s current capital, St George is a delight to walk around. Stroll leisurely through the back streets and narrow lanes as dusk falls, whilst learning about the early history and folklore of this picturesque, 17th century town. Enjoy the cool evening breeze as you are guided by authentic 18th century lanterns to historical sights of interest.
Bermuda is the oldest British colony in the world and St. George was originally named New London. The town of St George was Bermuda’s original settlement and the third successful English settlement in the Americas. Today it is the oldest inhabited English settlement in the New World. Until 1815, St George was the capital of Bermuda, and because of its significant historical importance, the town was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Many of St George’s attractions lie in and around King’s Square in the centre of the town, including the beautiful 18th century Town Hall which overlooks the old pillory and stocks. Located close by is the ducking stool, where gossiping women and petty offenders were humiliated by being dunked into the harbour waters. From here you will be led to various historic buildings, the majority of which were built between the 17th to 19th centuries and range from museums, charming restaurants and pubs to quaint shops and houses.
Other buildings of interest around the town include the State House, which is the oldest building on the island, dating back to 1619; the Tucker House; the Old Rectory; Customs House Square, Bermuda National Trust Museum and the beautiful St Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican church outside Britain and one of Bermuda’s most cherished landmarks. You will also be taken on a guided tour of St. George's Carriage Museum, where you will see a collection of 18th-20th century horse-drawn carriages.
Another important landmark in St George is the scenic Fort St Catherine, which overlooks the beach where the shipwrecked crew of the Sea Venture came ashore in 1609. Located on the northern tip of St George's Island, the fort was originally built in 1614 to defend Bermuda from the Spaniards. It has been rebuilt and renovated several times since, and now it is an impressive fortification complete with moat, drawbridge and a maze of tunnels. Today the fort is used as a museum, containing period weapons, replicas of Britain’s crown jewels and a wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II.
This tour is a fun way for all the family to learn about St George’s fascinating history through the eyes of a unique personal guide.
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