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21 Free or Affordable Things to Do in Bermuda

While Bermuda is known for sophisticated tastes  think specialty shopping and global cuisine, great golf and exceptional sailing – the island is also rich in simple, affordable pleasures. 

A beautiful view of Bermuda from Gibbs Lighthouse.

Easy-to-access, easy-on-the-wallet offerings include complimentary walking tours, free beach bonfire events and inexpensive-to-enter natural attractions. They all offer an unforgettable time on just about any budget. Here are 21 free or inexpensive ways to dip into island life.

1 City of Hamilton Walking Tour with Ed Christopher

Ed Christopher, Town Crier  City of Hamilton Walking Tour

Join Town Crier, Ed Christopher, and experience our capital on foot while discovering unique facts about places in the City. Dressed to impress, Ed leads you through Hamilton’s vibrant streets as you learn about the history and culture of this picturesque harbour city.

When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 
Time: 10:30 am
Price: Free 

2 Take a Boat Tour around Somerset

Cruise past distinctive and charming homes while learning about Bermuda’s history, architecture and the stunning inlets of Somerset. You will have the opportunity to stop by the Vixen, an above and below shipwreck that is truly captivating. Enjoy complimentary coffee and Danish.

Departing Location: Somerset Country Squire and returns for the slide show.
When: Thursday, 10-11:35 am; through March 31, 2018
Price: Free

3 Ride the SeaExpress Around the Island

The SeaExpress ferry

Bikes, scooters and taxis can get you around Bermuda, but you can also cross the island via the SeaExpress ferry service. Spacious double-decker boats with air conditioning and breezy decks zip from place to place on four different routes. They stop in spots like the City of Hamilton and the Town of St. George, and offer a different vantage point of Bermuda. 

When: Check the ferry schedule
Price: $5

4 Watch the Sunrise at Gates Bay

The first sunrise hits Bermuda in the east, near where the early British settlers arrived onshore in 1609. Stand in their footsteps and take in a piece of history as you drink your morning coffee. Then walk to the nearby Town of St. George where there's history around every cobblestoned corner.

Cut Road, St. George’s
Price: Free

5 Catch the Sunset at Daniel's Head Park

The westerly ocean peninsula of Daniel's Head Park overlooks the waters of Somerset Long Bay, and it's one of the best places to watch the sun sink into the sea. Grab a picnic table near the water and marvel as the moon rises. Calling birds and crashing waves create a magical soundtrack.

Cambridge Road, Sandy’s Parish
Price: Free

6 Saturday Night Live

Head out to the City for an evening of entertainment at The Grand. Featuring a soulful blend of live vocal performances, experience Bermuda’s top entertainers on your Saturday night out.

The Grand, Church Street, City of Hamilton
When: Saturdays
Price: Free
For more information call 441-292-1681

7 Visit the Unfinished Church

The Unfinished Church in St. George's

Planned as a replacement for St. Peter's Church in the mid-19th century, the Town of George's Unfinished Church looks like a romantic ruin out of a fairytale. The roofless edifice, though overgrown with grass in spots, features Gothic arches and a nave open to the sky.

Government Hill Road, Town of St. George
Price: Free

8 GOMBEYS IN THE CITY

Head to Pier Six on Front Street in the City of Hamilton to watch the colourful Gombey dancers in their vivid costumes swirl to the rhythms in the heart of the City. Make sure you bring your camera to capture their live performance!

Date: Tuesday - Gombey Performance: 4:15 pm
Price: Free

9 Deliverance Tour

Board the historical replica ship, the Deliverance and hear the interesting story of the first castaways who built this ship and went on to save the starving settlers in Jamestown, Virginia.

Ordnance Island, Town of St. George
When: Wednesday and Saturday - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price: Free
Email [email protected], or call 441-297-5791 

 

10 See Calico Jack's Pirate Fire Show

Credit: Calico Jack's

The Pirates of the Caribbean have nothing on the performers of Calico Jack's show, where tricorn-hat wearing rascals sword fight, joke and create a spectacular fire-dance display. After the 30-minute pirate performance, you can pose for selfies with the cast.

Heritage Wharf, Royal Naval Dockyard
When:
Monday and Thursday, 9-10 pm
Price: Free

11 Dig Into Military History at Fort St. Catherine

Fort St. Catherine in Bermuda's East End

Fort St. Catherine, which towers against a backdrop of ocean and pink beaches, was constructed in 1614. The largest fort on the island, it underwent numerous upgrades during the 19th century. Now, after crossing the dry moat, you can see its impressive ramparts, keeps and a museum showcasing life in Bermuda in the 17th century. Not to miss: the impressive collection of antique weaponry, including pistols, swords and muskets.

St. Catherine’s Point, City of St. George
When:
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
Price: $7 adults; $5 seniors; $3 children 6-15; children 5 and under free

12 Climb to the Top of Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Climb the 185 steps to the top of the oldest cast iron lighthouse in world for panoramic views of the island. The Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse has been flashing its beam to seafarers in 1846. 

Lighthouse Road, St Anne's Rd, Cross Bay SN 01
When: Monday to Saturday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Sundays and holidays 10 am – 4:30 pm
Price: $2.50 per person, children under 5 free

13 Birdwatch at Spittal Pond

Bird Watching in Spittal Pond

This 59-acre nature reserve is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The wide variety of natural habitats within the sanctuary makes Spittal Pond a haven for migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and many other species. In January, you may see as many as 500 species near the pond. 

South Road, Smith’s Parish
Price: Free

14 Hike Up to Fort Scaur for Views of the Great Sound

As one of the original outposts of the British Empire in the Western Hemisphere, Bermuda is home to several formidable fortresses, including the perfectly preserved Fort Scaur. Hike to the fort, explore the ramparts and soak in a spectacular view of Bermuda’s Great Sound. See any invading pirate ships on the horizon?

Somerset Road, Sandys Parish
Price:
Free

15 Explore the Bermuda Railway Trail

All year-round, you can explore Bermuda on foot via the 18-mile long Railway Trail. Following the path of the train which served the island from 1931 to 1948, the popular path attracts bikers, joggers and walkers. It's also a great spot to snap photos.

Price: Free

16 See the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo

The Bermuda Aquarium is home to more than 200 species of sea life

Get up close to cute seals, powerful sharks and peaceful water birds at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, a three-in-one attraction located in Flatts Village. Naturalistic habits, animal feedings and scientific exhibits up the appeal.

40 North Shore Road, Flatt’s Inlet, Hamilton Parish
When: Daily (except Christmas Day), 9 am – 5 pm
Price: Adults $10, senior citizens $5, children (5 to 12 years), children under 5 are free

17 Cozy Up to a Bonfire on Tobacco Bay Beach

Summer beach bonfires at Tobacco Bay

Tobacco Bay Beach earned its name when survivors of the Sea Venture shipwreck discovered tobacco growing here. Now, you'll notice unusual limestone formations off the shoreline, a haven for aquatic life like parrotfish and sergeant majors. This popular destination in St. George's Parish offers equipment rentals and a snack bar, too. You can also kick off your shoes at Tobacco Bay's Sunsets, Bonfires and Bohemia events on Friday nights, which feature live music, happy hour specials and a roaring beach bonfire.

1 Coot Pond Road, St. George’s Parish
Price: Free

18 Witness a Reenactment in St. George's

Watch Bermuda’s history come to life as the St. George’s town crier conducts an 18th-century style trial in King’s Square. This entertaining and light-hearted historical reenactment shows how an offender was publicly punished and includes the dunking of a nagging wench.

King’s Square, St. George
When: Wednesday and Saturday, Tour - 10:30 am, Re-enactment - 12:30 pm 
Price: Free

19 Featherbed Alley Print Shop

Visit an 18th century print shop to see a demonstration of a Gutenberg Press and learn about the rst printing business of Bermuda which published the island’s first newspaper, the Bermuda Gazette in 1784.

St. George’s Historical Society, Mitchell House, Featherbed Alley, St. George’s
When: Wednesdays; 10:00 am–2:00 pm 
Price: $5
Call 441-297-0423 

20 Sip Locally Roasted Coffee

Drink java made from the only coffee beans roasted on Bermuda at the Rock Island Coffee. Also known for its friendly vibe – there's an outdoor patio and colourful works by local artists on the walls – the spot bakes its own scones, cookies and muffins. Oh, and a cup of joe will only set you back a few bucks.

48 Reid Street, Hamilton
When: Monday-Friday, 7 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm 

 

21 TALES FROM THE MUSEUM BY THE RUBBER TREE

Step inside the Bermuda Historical Society Museum to hear the riveting tales and view artefacts of the past.

When: May 27, June 24, Aug 26, Sept 30, Oct 28 - 11:00 am
Price: FREE 

 

 

Visit bermudahistoricalsociety.com, call 441-295-2487 or e-mail [email protected]