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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. 

Gibbs Lighthouse view

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. Save even more on your Bermuda adventure with special deals and packages offered year-round.

Here are 21 free or inexpensive ways to dip into island life.

1 GRAB COFFEE ON HISTORIC WATER STREET

Victoire Cafe doorway

The doorway to Victoire Cafe in St. George's

Pick up a fresh brew and cake at Victoire, a modern café in an 18th century building in the Town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll along the pastel street, through the square and into Somers Garden, a flower-filled sanctuary with a traditional Bermuda moongate. Legend has it that the heart of the Sir George Somers, the town’s founder, is buried there.

When: Daily
Time: Monday – Friday, 8 am-2 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 8 am-4 pm.
Where: Town of St. George
Price: From $3.50

2 Unlock the Secret of the Bermuda Triangle

Wow the whole family with a visit to the 'Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the Secrets' exhibit at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. The ultimate destination for all things Triangle-related with something to interest and enthrall all audiences and age groups. From true sceptics to true enthusiasts of the paranormal and from young to old. This is the place to find answers to one of the biggest mysteries of all time.
When: Daily
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Last admission at 4:00 pm.
Price: Adults -$15; Seniors - $12; Children - $8, ages 5 and under Free

3 Ride the SeaExpress Around the Island

Sea Express Ferry in Bermuda

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

Gates Bay at St George, Bermuda

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 Fragrant Tour of the Bermuda Perfumery

Visit the world-renowned house of Lili Bermuda and learn about the Art of Perfumery. The 20-minute tour explains the handcrafted process. All perfumes are made and bottled in-house.

When: Daily (except Sundays and Public Holidays)
Time: 11:00 am | 3:00 pm
Price: Free

 

7 Visit the Unfinished Church

The Unfinished Church in St. George, Bermuda

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 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 +1 441-297-5791 

9 Get Lost in the Jungle

Blue Hole Park in the Walsingham Nature Reserve, Bermuda

Nature's swimming holes invite you to take a dip

Mangroves, blue swimming grottos, caves and trails are all part of the allure of Walsingham Nature Reserve and Blue Hole Park. Known locally as Tom Moore’s Jungle, it was named after the Irish poet who found rich inspiration in the area.

When: Daily
Price: Free

10 Dig Into Military History at Fort St. Catherine

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

11 Climb to the Top of Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse

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

12 Birdwatch at Spittal Pond

Bird-watching at Spittal Pond

Bird-watching at 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

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

old cannon at Fort Scaur

Breathtaking views from Scaur Hill Fort & Park

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

14 Explore the Bermuda Railway Trail

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

15 See the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo

The Bermuda Aquarium

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

16 BARR'S BAY PARK

Scenic Barr's Bay Park 

Take in the views at this harbourside park in the City of Hamilton. Great for a picnic, a quick workout or just to watch the boats come in and out, this scenic spot has deep ties to Bermuda’s African heritage when 78 enslaved persons were granted freedom when their boat landed on the island in In 1835. A statue and plaque in the centre honours the event. 
Price: Free

17 Witness a Reenactment in St. George's

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
Time: 12:30 pm 
Price: Free

18 Featherbed Alley Print Shop

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 

19 Sip Locally Roasted Coffee

Rock Island 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 

20 National Gallery Docent Tours

Docents guide you through exhibits of historic and contemporary art from Bermuda and around the world. The National Gallery is located inside the Hamilton City Hall.

When: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm and Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
Price: Free

21 Treat Yourself to the Island’s Frozen Desserts

You can work up a sweat exploring these 21 square miles. Cool down from east to west with longstanding institution Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlour to City of Hamilton yogurt shop Yo Cherry to Duch Pops’ colourful fruit popsicles and Alex & Pete’s Artisan Ice Cream in Rum Swizzle flavour in Royal Naval Dockyard. Take yourself on an Instagram-worthy tour – posing drool-worthy, frozen confections against many a pastel backdrop.

When: Daily