"There is a gully, that of Welchman Hall's, that no one should omit to visit." Rev J Moffat, 1866

The Gully is open

7 days a week

9am until 4pm. 

Guided tours at 10.30am

Monday to Friday

From November 1

until April 30, 2023.

Home of the grapefruit

Easy, paved walk through beautiful tropical forest in a collapsed cave

Monkey feeding

Wheelchair friendly!

Email welchmanhallgully@gmail.com

TV Chef Ainsley Harriott visits the Gully

UK TV Chef Ainsley Harriott visits Welchman Hall Gully, discovers the origins of the grapefruit and meets a troop of wild monkeys.

Follow in his footsteps.

Explore the gully in the heart of Barbados!

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

The grapefruit is thought to have originated here at Welchman Hall Gully during the 17th century. It’s a cross between the naturally sweet orange (Citrus sinesis) and the Shaddock (C grandis). The fruit was quite common and was mentioned by George Washington in his Barbados journal (1750-1751) as “the forbidden fruit” and one of the local fruit available at a dinner party he attended. 

Nature has its say in 2021

In the space of 10 weeks, Barbados was hit by three natural disasters.

On April 10, La Soufriere, the volcano on the island of St. Vincent dumped a huge amount of ash on Barbados. In mid-June, a tornado cut a swathe Welchman Hall Gully.

On July 2 the island bore the full force of Hurricane Elsa, a category one hurricane with winds up to 75mph. the first hurricane in Barbados for 66 years. At the Gully, the nutmeg grove and palm section were worst affected.

In the long run, this is a good thing for the forest as it was mainly old trees that fell. The forest canopy was also reduced, letting in more light which will help generate new nutmeg trees. Other plants, especially native ones, will also replenish the forest and new, stronger trees will flourish.

The clean-up is a long and labour intensive job and is still going on. But in a couple of years, the evidence of these natural disasters will have disappeared.

Guided tour at 10.30am, Monday to Friday, from November 1st until April 30th.

Adult US$15 (Bds$30). Booklet included.

Children US$7 (5 to 12 years old). Under 4 years old free.

Locals (ID required)  US$10 (Bds$20) Children half price

Group rates available. 

Monkey feeding between 10.30 am and noon

Closed December 25 and first Monday in August

Wheelchair Users US$10 (3/4 of the Gully is wheelchair friendly)

Members of Barbados National Trust (ID required) US$10, (Bds$20)

Guided tour at 10.30am, Monday to Friday, from November 1st until April 30th.

Outside of this time, the walk through the gully is self-guided and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to walk, depending on your level of interest in the flora.

The guide book (free with entry, unless you are joining the guided tour at 10.30 am) highlights over 50 plants and features in the gully. Clear and informative signs further illuminate this very special place.

Private tours can be provided at a minimum of 24 hours' notice.

You’ll find Welchman Hall Gully near the centre of Barbados, in the parish of St. Thomas, the most elevated parish on the island. If driving, follow the white and green signs on the roadside.

The gully is also a convenient place to visit with many other attractions in the area. Directions here…

Back to Nature Camps

Christmas 2022:

Monday, December 12 until Friday, December 16

and

Monday, December 19 until Friday, December 23.

Let your child discover nature

We hold camps for kids during the school holidays

From 8.30am to 2.30pm. $250Bds ($125US) per week. Hot lunches extra. 

For more information email: welchmanhallgully@gmail.com or call 234 9960.

Children's Adventure Park

Swing through the trees.

Slide down the zip line.

Walk the tight rope.

Seek Refuge...

Welchman Hall Gully is a glittering jewel set in the heart of Barbados. This tropical hideaway is home to wild monkeys, majestic rainforest trees and delicate native plants.

Walk along its shaded path. See Barbados as it appeared to the first settlers.

Enjoy a spectacular view of the east coast and marvel at the abundance of life tucked away inside this collapsed cave.

Watch monkeys as they feed on a specially built platform. See them swing from vines and groom each other in the trees.

The gully and its occupants have fascinated tourists for hundreds of years.

Events and other activities at Welchman Hall Gully