• Tuckers Point Golf Club an 18-hole golf
course, recently designed by Roger Rulewich,
both have magnificent views of Castle
Harbour and Harrington Sound.
• Mr. Randolph Furbert’s Bee House on
Fractious Street has delicious honey for sale.
• The Railwat Trail on this part of the island
is particularly scenic and boasts the new
Footbridge at Bailey’s Bay, built by Friends
of the Bermuda Railway.
Buses No 1 via South Shore Road, 3 via Harrington
Sound Road, Nos 10, 11 via North Shore Road
Though Hamilton Parish and Bermuda’s only city share
the same name they are not named after the same
people. The parish is named after another of
the early investors in The Bermuda Company,
James Hamilton, second Marquis of
Hamilton. Much of the parish tucks round
the beautiful Harrington Sound, a body of
water that yearly attracts terns and rays and
is home to a diverse range of marine life, such
as clams, sea urchins, and conchs. Hamilton
Parish is famous for its numerous caves that
first became a popular part of the tourist
experience in the 19th century. Two neighbouring
caves off Wilkinson Avenue offer tours to
guests: the Crystal Cave, first
discovered by a couple of boys playing cricket in the early
1900s and the Fantasea Cave whose yellow stalactites would be
a great setting for an Indiana Jones movie. Blue Hole Park off the
western end of the Causeway also features a number of smaller
caves that visitors can explore for free. A trail though a Surinam
cherry tree thicket hugs on one side Castle Harbour and twists
through Tom Moore’s Jungle. Nearby is Walsingham Lake fringed
with mangroves and teeming with parrot fish, grey snappers,
sergeant majors and grunts.
But Hamilton Parish includes other bodies of
ocean. Shelly Bay Beach and Nature Reserve, on
the North Shore is ideal for entertaining children.
They enjoy the shallow water, sandy beach as
well as the playground nearby. The Bermuda
Aquarium Museum and Zoo is a favourite attraction
for children and adults alike. The Caribbean,
Australasia and Madagascar Exhibits give exotic
animals a natural habitat quite unlike the barred cages associated
with zoos of the past, while inside the Aquarium the North Rock
Exhibit and other tanks showcase the fish and marine life found in
Bermuda’s surrounding waters and reefs.
Holy Trinity, Hamilton Parish’s Anglican church, is Bermuda’s oldest
church building dating back at least to the 1660s when it consisted of
one room and a palmetto thatched roof. It is famous for its stained glass
windows since five of them were designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
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