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Harrison’s Cave and Environs

Harrison’s Cave, a series of natural underground caverns in the heart of the island of Barbados, was developed as a show cave during the 1970s.

At its opening, it was projected that 100,000 people would visit the cave annually. By 1996–1997, over 190,000 persons toured the cave each year. It is currently the most popular land-based attraction in Barbados. The area surrounding the Harrison’s Cave features a number of nature-oriented attractions such as the Flower Forest, Highland Outdoor Tours and Welchman Hall Gully.

Nearby natural features include Cole’s Cave, the remaining natural passages of Harrison’s Cave, and three major gullies which are dominated by natural vegetation. The general area is a pleasing landscape of rolling agricultural fields, escarpments, natural areas and several rural villages with outlooks onto spectacular scenic vistas over the west and east coasts of Barbados.

The Government of Barbados (National Conservation Commission) initially embarked on a development proposal to upgrade the facilities at Harrison’s Cave on 15 November 1989. AXYS Environmental Consulting (B’dos) Inc., in association with the Environmental Planning Group Ltd., Gillespie and Steel Associates Ltd. and Bellairs Research Institute, were retained by the Government of Barbados in March 1998 to complete the Feasibility Study of Harrison’s Cave and Associates Sites, Carlisle Bay, and Folkestone Park and Marine Reserve.


os1 Background   os4 Phase III Implementation
os2 Phase I Feasibility Study os5 Visitor Reception Centre
os3 Phase II Detailed Design os6 Harrison's Cave Experience