Bermuda: City of Hamilton

Front Street, City of Hamilton
Front Street, City of Hamilton

On our last day, we didn’t need to leave for the airport till 6pm, so decided to visit Bermuda’s (tiny) capital, the City of Hamilton (always referred to as such to avoid confusion with Hamilton Parish which, strangely, it’s not in). We’d changed buses here several times during the week, but never had time to explore. As it was Sunday, most things were closed but it was a lovely day and we were happy to wander.

Right next to the bus station is the City Hall and Arts Centre.

From there, we strolled along the waterfront. The statue is We arrive by Chesley Trott which commemorates the 1835 landing site of the American slave ship Enterprise.

Lots more statues in the nearby Queen Elizabeth Park, and a beautiful bandstand in Victoria Park:

Next, we walked three blocks to Fort Hamilton which technically took us outside the city limits – it’s that small! Although it still has the odd cannon lying around, it’s laid out as a garden. It also has great views over the city and shoreline.

From there, we worked our way back into town past the Sessions House which has the Supreme Court on the ground floor and the House of Assembly – one of the oldest parliaments in the world – upstairs. Nearby is the Cabinet Building and the statue of Sally Bassett, a legendary heroine of Bermuda’s slavery days.

Finally, we popped into the Anglican Cathedral, Holy Trinity, before making our way back to the bus.

The next day we were home to a rainy November, but our break in the sun had done us good.

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38 thoughts on “Bermuda: City of Hamilton

    • Anabel Marsh January 22, 2016 / 11:43

      Ha, ha – it was Sunday! They must all have been at church, except for the person crossing the road in the first picture ;-). We did see a few people but, you’re right, it was pretty quiet – apart from the restaurant at lunchtime.

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    • Anabel Marsh January 22, 2016 / 16:26

      It was a lovely day – as long as we didn’t think too much about the flight, which ended up being delayed 😦

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  1. Heyjude January 23, 2016 / 00:03

    Looks lovely. I always like to wander around a place on a Sunday, usually the best time to photograph buildings without an excess of cars or people in the way. What a nice way to spend the day before the flight. How long is the flight btw?

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    • Anabel Marsh January 23, 2016 / 00:36

      It’s about 6-7 hours to London then, for us, a long wait at Gatwick for the last leg to Glasgow. But it was worth it!

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      • Heyjude January 23, 2016 / 00:53

        That’s longer than I thought it would be. And living near London makes travel a lot easier, it takes us almost as long to get to London as it does to fly to Europe.

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        • Anabel Marsh January 23, 2016 / 09:09

          It’s almost all the way to the States, so not much shorter than that. zOur flight to London is only an hour but because there are fewer of them now it always seems to be a long wait for the next flight. Still, a price worth paying to see nice places!

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          • Heyjude January 23, 2016 / 12:55

            It can take us 4 -5 hours to reach London Heathrow from here. Slow trains, bad connections, late arrivals 😦

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            • Anabel Marsh January 23, 2016 / 13:04

              Miserable! But I’m sure we’ll both agree moving to London is not the answer…..

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              • Heyjude January 23, 2016 / 13:18

                Definitely not! Though we did live within an hour’s drive of the airports which made it much easier. And soon we will be even further away as we are moving to the south-west! Hopefully we can fly from Newquay!

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                • restlessjo January 23, 2016 / 22:23

                  Ah, Newquay! I hadn’t thought of there! I visited once many years ago and didn’t like it much. Probably before the days of the airport 🙂

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                  • Heyjude January 23, 2016 / 23:07

                    Flights to Doncaster and Newcastle during the summer apparently 😉

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  2. cassam101 January 23, 2016 / 13:36

    It looks so fresh and clean and tidy. Do you know anything about the statue in the last phot? The woman with her hands tied.

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    • Anabel Marsh January 23, 2016 / 14:31

      Sally Bassett – a slave who was publicly burned to death for (allegedly) poisoning her master and his wife.

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  3. joylovestravel January 23, 2016 / 15:14

    Looks like a beautiful place – the perfect way to spend a few hours before a flight too!

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  4. Nadine Feldman (@Nadine_Feldman) January 23, 2016 / 15:30

    I’m reading this blog on a snowy morning. Though we’re excited about it (we haven’t been in a big snowstorm in decades), it was a lovely treat to read this blog and look and the lovely photos.

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    • Anabel Marsh January 23, 2016 / 16:02

      I’ve been reading about your storm – hope you stay safe and warm!

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  5. jazzfeathers January 23, 2016 / 21:19

    Looks like a lovely town. And those statues are stunning! 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh January 23, 2016 / 21:41

      It is lovely – I wish we’d had more time there.

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  6. restlessjo January 23, 2016 / 22:25

    Nice-looking place, Anabel 🙂 I shall continue the Bermuda tour backwards.

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  7. Lori L MacLaughlin January 24, 2016 / 03:12

    I see you made it back from Bermuda. No getting lost in the Triangle. 🙂 I’ll be doing the tour backwards, too.

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  8. clicksclan January 24, 2016 / 15:03

    Lovely photos. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. Must’ve been a bit of a shock to the system to come back to Glasgow in November!

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  9. Denzil January 24, 2016 / 16:31

    Have enjoyed following your Bermudan adventures, and glad that the sun and warmth did you good. It’s the best time of the year to leave Europe for a while!

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  10. Amy January 25, 2016 / 14:34

    Beautiful place to wander around. A wonderful escape. 🙂

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  11. Birgit January 25, 2016 / 20:14

    This is such a beautiful, if not quiet, town. What a beautiful trip you had and so nice and bright-I love the cleanliness of the place and the colours

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  12. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) January 27, 2016 / 15:53

    That praying mantis statue creeps me out a little bit, but I like it. Even though it doesn’t seem to quite fit in with all the other statues there (which is probably why I like it!).

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  13. Marcia Strykowski January 28, 2016 / 15:01

    I’m missing Hamilton after seeing these beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your trip!

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