Welchman Hall Gully
Welchman Hall, St. Thomas Barbados 13°11'41.2"N 59°34'35.4"W
"There is a gully, that of Welchman Hall's, that no one should omit to visit." Rev. J. Moffat, 1866
Welchman Hall Gully is a glittering jewel set in the heart of Barbados. This tropical hideaway is home to wild monkeys, majestic rainforest trees and delicate native plants.
Walk along its shaded path. See Barbados as it appeared to the first settlers.
Enjoy a spectacular view of the east coast and marvel at the abundance of life tucked away inside this collapsed cave.
Watch monkeys as they feed on a specially built platform. See them swing from vines and groom each other in the trees.
The gully and its occupants have fascinated tourists for hundreds of years. Welchman Hall Gully is named after its first owner, a former soldier from Wales called General William Asygell Williams. He was banished by Cromwell after losing at the Battle of Bristol in 1650 during the English Civil War. He established a plantation here, which he named Welchman Hall.
It was this man who first developed the gully, adding many exotic trees and an orchard.
The Gully Troop
You can watch wild green monkeys in their natural habitat at Welchman Hall Gully.
There’s one large troop living in the gully. You can see them tuck into bananas on our specially built feeding platform, which is near the gully entrance.
Thousands live wild on the island, but farmers consider them pests as they destroy some crops – especially fruit. The government has now put a bounty on their tails.
Monkeys forage all day, so this is just one stop of many throughout the day. Much to the farmers irritation!
The Gully troop is quite large for a troop which normally average about 10 in a troop. This one has a least 30 plus.
Most days, particularly in the mornings, you can see them playing in their natural environment, swinging from vines and trees, walking along the gully floor or grooming each other on a branch.
The gully is their home, so they are free to come and go as they please and don’t always turn up on time. Please do not put out your own food or feed the monkeys by hand. They are wild animals and we want them to stay that way.