WE ARE NOT A RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION
St. Nicholas Abbey is not a religious institution; it was built in 1660 as a private home and has been maintained as such throughout its 350+ year history.
With change of hands, the Plantation’s name would sometimes be changed as well. It is believed that Charles and Sarah Cave, who took ownership of the property in 1834, combined the existing name ‘Nicholas Plantation’, ‘St. Nicholas Parish’ (where Sarah's family lived in England), and ‘Bath Abbey’ (where the couple married) to create the name ‘St. Nicholas Abbey.’
BEST TIME TO VISIT
We recommend that you plan to spend a few hours touring the Plantation. Guided tours of the great house showcase a wealth of tradition including antiques and artifacts spanning the home's 350-year history. Visitors may also explore the boiling house, rum bond and surrounding gardens, orchards and gullies. We encourage you to stay as long as you like to experience the tranquil and natural beauty of the plantation.
The high season runs from November through March; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings tend to be the busiest times at St. Nicholas Abbey. Sunday is typically the quietest day; however please note that the factory and distillery may not be open on this day.
HOW MUCH TIME TO ALLOW
The Plantation is open until 3.30 pm. Although tours are accepted up until this time, we recommend you arrive no later than 3pm to enjoy the full experience and ambiance.
Please allow a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour for your tour.