harrisons cave

Harrison's Cave

Harrison's Cave is located in the parish of St. Thomas on the island of Barbados. Said to be one of the wonders of the world, this magnificent wonder got its name from Thomas Harrison, who owned a vast majority of land in the early 1700s.

Throughout the period of the 18th and 19th centuries, many have tried to explore Harrison's Cave but to no avail as the natural entrances made it rather difficult to fully explore the cave's possible wonder. However, in 1974, an engineer and cave adventurer from Denmark by the name of Ole Sorrenson, rediscovered Harrison's Cave and mapped it accordingly. His efforts were ably assisted by two young men from Barbados by the names of Tony Mason and Allison Thornhill. 

The Government of Barbados started development on Harrison's Cave after 1974. This development plan saw the excavation of shafts and tunnels in an effort to make way for the passage of trams through the cave. The first member of the construction team to break through the bedrock and into the cave was equipment operator, Noel Boyce. This event was so historic that the entrance of the cave is now called Boyce Tunnel. By 1981, the public of Barbados was able to visit Harrison's Cave as an attraction. 

Within the past three (3) years, Harrison's Cave has undergone major renovations and enhancement. There is now an exhibit point near the carpark, a Visitors' Reception Centre where entrance tickers can be purchased and persons can stroll around at leisure and view the displays. To reach the caves below, there are a few more options than in the past. There are two separate trails where persons can walk or a glass-front elevator where they can be whisked down in style. For a visit to the Cave, one is encouraged to dress comfortably and to at least wear practical shoes.

The intrigue associated with Harrison's Cave is the formation of the stalactites and stalagmites throughout the cave and the natural pools and waterfalls, altogether which combine to make this a special journey below the land surface in Barbados. Stops along the tram ride allow visitors to the Cave to stretch their legs and get up close and personal with the formations, take photos and delight in the wonder of nature.

Harrison's Cave is open daily from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with the exception of key public holidays such as Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and Grand Kadooment.


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