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The Old Towne
St. George's is a place frozen in time architecturally, and culturally a must-see for fans of heritage tourism
St. Georges

If the people who inhabited St. George's 100 years ago were able to re-visit us and take in this overview of their lovely town, they would find, at first glance - and no doubt to their delight - that little has changed.

The islanders who work tirelessly to preserve its colonial charms have triumphed over the pressures of modernism. They have a story worth preserving.

In 1609, a fleet of nine ships owned by the Virginia Company of London set sail from Plymouth, England with fresh supplies and additional colonists for the new British settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.

Admiral Sir George Somers commanded the flagship, the Sea Venture, but en route there was a terrible storm and the ship was dashed against Bermuda's treacherous reefs. The crew managed to get to land and so began Bermuda's settlement.

In 1610, the Deliverance and Patience, loaded with fresh supplies, set sail for Virginia, leaving behind a couple of men to stake a claim to the island.

The town of St. George was founded in 1612 and was our capital until 1815, when it was changed to Hamilton.

Stroll through the alleys and along the waterfront; take a step back in time. Visit Gates Fort and Fort St. Catherine, peer across the harbour from Barrack Hill, close your eyes and imagine the sights and sounds of an era that is long gone but still echoes around the historic Town of St. George.

The above penned by Theresa Airey whose book, 'Bermuda Then and Now', can be found in Bermuda bookstores.

Bermuda Perfumery

Come to The Bermuda Perfumery to discover authentic fragrances made in Bermuda. The Perfumery has been creating and manufacturing fragrances since 1928 under the brand Lili Bermuda. You are welcome to take a free tour of their operations and to sample the fragrances on site. The Bermuda Perfumery is located at Stewart Hall, a 300-year Bermuda National Trust mansion in St. George's. 441-293-0627. Winter Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm | Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm | Closed on Public Holidays. Stewart Hall, 5 Queen Street, St. George's GE05

Olde Towne Railway

The Olde Towne Railway Train will be there to meet you at Kings Square in St. George's and take you on a 45 minute narrated tour to view the renowned historic sites of the olde towne as well as explore the back streets and neighbourhoods for an extraordinary look at over 400 years of history and culture. Tickets can be purchased at the Olde Towne Railway Office, all departures leave from Ordnance Island, St. George's. Tel: 441-297-5001 Fax: 441-297-4307. Closed for Winter, re-open in April 2014.

Somers Wharf Shopping and Dining Complex

'The Somers Wharf Shopping & Dining Complex, created in 1978 by developing the historic St. George's waterfront, sits on land reclaimed from St. George's Harbour. Buildings in the Somers Wharf, including the rugged Coal Shed, the long pink Longhouse, and the newly restored blue Hunter, were built in late 1700.
Today, Somers Wharf is ideally situated in the heart of St. George's, within easy walking distance of bus, ferry and cruise ship terminals idyllically on the waterfront. A vast selection of apparel can be found in the shops and boutiques along with many treasures like artists' collections, home décor and linens, knitting goods and Bermuda crafts and souvenirs. Lastly, a dockside pub will satisfy your hunger and thirst.'

St. Georges Club

The St. George's Club sits high on Rose Hill overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage site of St. George's and is the only vacation ownership and cottage hotel in Bermuda. Just three miles from Bermuda International Airport, it is an intimate resort of 71 cottages nestled above the old town and its historic harbour. Complete cottage units allow a self-catering option although there are two excellent restaurants, one located by Fort St. Catherine on Achilles' Bay that has an excellent beach, the best snorkeling and fabulous sunsets. Hidden well on the property are three pools, one-heated for the cooler months, three tennis courts and a cycle livery. The views are stunning and St. George's town a short walk is like stepping back in time with quaint shops and architecture from the 1600's.

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White Horse Pub & Restaurant

The White Horse Pub & Restaurant is one of Bermuda's oldest and most famous pubs in Bermuda. We specialize in great Seafood and Pub Fare dishes, served in a relaxed and casual atmosphere with your choice of inside or outside waterfront dining with breathtaking views of the St. George Harbour. Come in and try one of our signature cocktails from our extensive beverage menu, while sitting back at either our inside or outside waterfront bar. For all you sports fans out there, enjoy wall to wall sports coverage via satellite feeds of your favorite teams, from morning to night. The White Horse is open 7 days a week from 11am-10pm for lunch and dinner. Bar open till late. Call 441-297-1838 for take out and reservations.