Best of Pembroke Parish
Bermuda Historical Society Museum: Three rooms of antiquities, explained by attendant historians, tell the history of Bermuda in this tiny museum inside the parkside Bermuda National Library.
Bermuda National Gallery: Lunchtime lectures, high-profile shows, a respected Biennial, and an internationally renowned collection of artwork make this museum the perfect artistic milieu of island culture.
Holy Trinity Cathedral: Climb up the 155 winding stairs to the top platform of this church tower for dramatic views of Hamilton on all sides. The historic Anglican landmark’s interior is breathtaking, too.
The Sessions House: Bermuda’s Italianate Parliament building holds the boisterous Friday afternoon House of Assembly meetings upstairs, and staid, bewigged Supreme Court sessions below. All are open to the public.
City Market: Know your paw-paw from your plantain? Find out, at this winter-through-spring showcase of island produce, baked goods, Bermuda honey, and arts and crafts.
Spanish Point Park: A grassy promontory stretching into the main sea channel into Hamilton, this oft-forgotten park is a neighborhood favorite. Stretch out on a bench, take a dip in one of its North Shore coves, or watch the locals enjoy cards and Cockspur.
Fort Hamilton: With a stunning panorama that stretches from Paget across the city and up the Great Sound, this well-preserved fort of the 1870s boasts historic ramparts, underground passages, a cannon, and an exotic moat garden. Bagpipers play here in the winter months.
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute: Join the likes of explorers William Beebe and Jacques Cousteau at this showcase of Bermuda’s surrounding deep ocean, which includes a simulated 12,000-foot descent to the seafloor — plus encounters with giant squid. Kids will love the shipwreck treasure, shell collection, and pretend shark cage.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition