St. Peter's Church, Bermuda Attractions

St. George’s: The Most Historic Bermuda Attraction

St. George’s is a Bermuda Attraction that dates back to 1612 and is a must-see for history buffs.

Mon, 05/07/2018

One thing that we are proud of here at Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort & Spa is that there is something for people of every interest to enjoy nearby. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a foodie, or a history buff, Bermuda’s fascinating culture ensures you’ll find nearby Bermuda Attractions that you won’t want to miss. For the history buffs, we present St. George’s.

The Boston Globe called the St. George’s Bermuda’s best historic site, and it’s easy to see why. The city is filled with historic architecture dating back to the 1600’s. Strolling through the streets of St. George’s is like stepping into a snapshot of life on Bermuda 400 years ago.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in 1612 and was Bermuda’s capital for just over 200 years. There is much to see during a visit to St. George’s and a couple of ways to see it as both guided and self-guided tours are available.

Whether you opt for a guided or self-guided tour, here are some of the features you won’t want to miss to during a visit to this historic Bermuda Attraction

National Trust Museum
The building itself is worth seeing. The 17th-century structure was at first a home to Governor Samuel Day and later a hotel called The Globe Hotel. Today it is home to interesting artifacts and exhibits that recall the rich and interesting history of Bermuda.

On Ordnance Island, a small island just a few meters offshore, you’ll find a wonderful, full-scale replica of the ship Deliverance. Deliverance was built by Sir George Somers as part of their determined efforts to reach Jamestown, Virginia after their ship Sea Venture became shipwrecked.

Old State House
If you have any interest in architecture then you’ll want to add this to your list of can’t-miss Bermuda Attractions. It’s the oldest stone structure on the Island. Part of its storied history is told in an annual event called the Peppercorn Ceremony, which takes place each April. The event recalls that the building was rented to the Freemasons for the sum of one peppercorn per year. 

St. Peter’s Church
The oldest church in the entire western hemisphere, St. Peter’s was built in 1612. Inside, you’ll see a 500-year-old font that was brought to the Island by some of the first settlers, and a Bishop’s throne that came from shipwreck salvage. The 300-year-old grave markers found in the church cemetery are also worth seeing.

Because there is so much to see in St. Peter’s, a guided tour is the best bet for those who don’t want to miss anything of significance. Both walking tours and trolley tours are available.

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