Warwick Parish Bermuda
Warwick, properly pronounced as wah-rick, was named after the Earl Sir Robert Rich. He was a major British investor in 1600s to colonize Bermuda and the parish.
Over the years, Warwick parish has become one of the top tourist attractions in Bermuda.
So where is Warwick Parish located in Bermuda? Warwick is located towards the western side of Bermuda between Southampton and Paget parishes. Check out Bermuda Parish Map to see the relative position of Warwick with respect to all the other parishes in Bermuda and also get a detailed map of Warwick.
Hotels in Warwick Bermuda
There are excellent relatively cheap hotels in Warwick Bermuda. It will be actually wrong to say that accommodation in Bermuda can ever be really cheap. But, during our many vacations in the island, we had found hotels that are reasonable in charges and offer some great values.
Here are our top selections of hotels in Warwick Bermuda.
With an excellent view of the harbor and wonderful accommodation, this B&B in Bermuda is a great place for a romantic vacation.
This is an excellent guesthouse accommodation in Bermuda. Granaway is a fairly old mansion and you get a taste of old Bermuda here. There are rooms with different colors and having different facilities, like some have exclusive terrace or patios. There is also a nice cottage in Granaway.
This is a great place if you are looking for apartments in Bermuda. However the accommodation is quite limited here. You have a choice of suits or apartments with separate living rooms. This Bermuda B&B is just spotlessly clean and close to some of the best beaches in Bermuda.
Surf Side Beach Club, $$$
Surf Side Beach Club is a nice secluded hotel overlooking the south shore beaches.
Although not many, but there are some really great restaurants and pubs in Warwick parish. Check out Restaurants in Warwick to see my reviews of the restaurants in the parish.
Warwick Bermuda Beaches
If you are a beach lover, you will love Warwick parish. There are some superb pink sandy beaches in this parish, plus all the wonderful beaches of Southampton parish are also within close distance. Here are our favorite beaches in Warwick.
This wonderful and secluded beach is half a mile long stretch of pink sands and dunes. It's a great place for snorkeling.
This is a small wonderful & secluded beach surrounded by steep cliffs.
This is a stunningly beautiful cove at Warwick Bermuda. The cliffs here are home to many long white-tailed tropical birds. There is a park next to the cove called the Astwood Park. There are Picnic tables, parking space and toilets in the park. The park is a great place to observe the annual great migration of seabirds. You can occasionally see Bermuda's national bird - the longtail, during season.
Quiet and ideal for relaxing, this beach stretches across the boundary between Warwick and Southampton parishes.
Warwick Bermuda Attractions
South Shore Park: This is the entire stretch of the south shore beaches, park and trails area. It starts from Southampton Parish and stretches all the way towards east. At Warwick, it begins at Chaplin Bay, goes past Stonehole Bay and Jobson's Cove, and ends at Warwick Long Bay.
Christ Church, Warwick Bermuda
This is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in western hemisphere and dates back to 1719. This beautiful church is located on the Middle road opposite to Belmont Hill Club. You can reach by Bus #8 (the bus goes quite close to the church). There is Sunday service.
The church has taken a step forward to engage with the community more closely. Recently a facility called Loads Of Love has been opened within the church premises to help the homeless with free showers and laundry services.
Cobbs Hill Methodist Church: Located at Warwick parish, this is the oldest Methodist building in Bermuda that still exists. It was built by the free blacks and the slaves in 1827 to have a place of worship of their own. They worked mostly during their free time at night to complete the construction.
Warwick pond Bermuda: This is a 9-acre Nature Reserve and is the second largest freshwater pond in the island. It's a sanctuary for resident and migratory waterfowl. The eastern hillside borders the entire length of the Warwick Railway Trail. The forest at the hills has some of the largest all-spice trees in Bermuda. You can also see Bermuda cedars here.
Update Jan 2010: Since December 2009, name of Warwick Pond has been changed to Sherwin Nature Reserve in memories of Dennis Sherwin, an ex-president of Bermuda National Trust.
Harbor Road, Warwick: This is a stretch of narrow winding road full of some spectacular views. Buses can't take you here. Your option is to take a scooter or walk.
But you will be treated to some marvelous views including Darell's island with Burt island just behind it. You can also get an end-to-end view of Granaway deep and the Belmont Ferry stop.
Great Sound: View of the Great Sound from various points in Warwick is spectacular. The water area has a number of tiny islands. Some are privately owned, some are often used by locals for picnics. There are recreational cruises from Hamilton City that organize evening barbecue at several of these islands. Sometimes local boaters get together, anchor and have cockpit cocktails and picnics. Often week-end yacht racing takes place at Great Sound.
Paradise Lake: This is a wonderful marine area in the Great Sound and surrounded by a dozen of tiny islands.
Warwick Academy: This is the oldest school in Bermuda originally built in 17th century and the one to first allow black students. The old two room building can still be seen in a surrounding of palm trees. Campus tours can be organized by contacting them. Check out the link for details.
Khyber Pass: A narrow road with historical significance that goes in from the Middle road, cuts through a hill, and goes all the way towards the south shore beaches.
Warwick Camp: This is the head office of Bermuda Regiment stretching across a large area on the south shore and having rifle ranges, officers mess, barrack rooms etc. Although Warwick Camp is not open to visitors, special visits can be arranged on permissions.
Higgs Nature Reserve & Park: This 2 acre parkland is maintained by Bermuda National Trust and was opened in December 2008 to the public. It was designed by David Wingate, a former conservation officer. One of the main attractions here is the Jack's Pond. You will see many different kinds of plantations and rare flowers in the park.
Longford House: This is a private house located on Longford Road in Warwick, and is owned by the famous Hollywood actor Michael Douglas. This 2.5-acre hilltop estate on the south coast has been a long time home of Michael and his celebrity wife Catherine Zeta Jones.
Riddell's Bay: You get a wonderful view of the water area. There is a golf course here with an exceptional view and I have described that separately below. Take bus #8 and get down at Heron Bay Plaza. Walk along Riddell's Bay road and you will see the golf course on your right. Take a left to the Fairways Road and you will get superb views.
Riddell's Bay, Warwick Bermuda
St. Mary's Anglican Church, Warwick, Bermuda: Located off Middle Road, this is one of the old and historic Anglican churches in the parish. It has its own nice graveyard. The cemetery has one Commonwealth burial from World War-I and one from second World War. 2, St. Mary's Road, Warwick. Phone: (441) 236-2304. Bus route #8.
Southlands Estate: This is a 37 acre estate in Warwick having wonderful woodland areas, a main house, pools, garden quarries and a secluded beach of its own.
Tivoli Estate: This is an 11.2 acres area maintained by Bermuda National Trust as a nature reserve. The estate includes Tivoli Pond and Tivoli House. The house was built in the early 19th century and is a great example of Bermudian architecture.
Sports & Recreational Activities in Warwick Bermuda
Snorkeling, Boating and Diving
While some of the beaches in Warwick Bermuda that I had described above are fantastic for snorkeling, but offshore snorkeling in Bermuda will simply blow your mind off. There are some great snorkeling boat operators in Warwick parish. Jesse James Snorkeling is our favorite when it comes to offshore snorkeling. There is an excellent Dive shop The Scuba Look located in Warwick. Other than offering some of the best diving experience, they also offer great snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours.
Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club (Warwick Parish, 18 holes, 5800 yards, par 70)
Some of the holes of this Bermuda golf course are so close to the ocean that it imposes fair amount of challenges. In fact, they say that the first hole is the toughest in the whole of Bermuda. There is a pro shop and a restaurant in this complex.
Belmont Hills Golf Club (Warwick Parish, 18 holes, 6017 yards, par 70)
This golf course has undergone a full renovation in the recent past. The course has now become much faster with use of Tiff-Eagle greens and also more attractive with lakes separated by a waterfall. The excellent ocean views and tropical landscaping also add to the new course's appeal. There is a pro shop and a snack bar and restaurant in the complex.
Spicelands Riding Center: A Horse Riding center in Warwick Bermuda that offers guided rides along five great trails. One of them is along the coastline of Warwick Long Bay. This is probably the only guided ride along the water edge. Riding on the beaches is generally not allowed in Bermuda during the summer time. Check out Bermuda Horseback Riding for details like rates, timings etc.
WindReach Recreational Facility: A great Kids and Family place spread across 4 acres of land including children playground, nice trails, a zoo and picnic areas. The playground has slides set up on tree style, swings etc. The zoo has guinea pigs, parrots, lambs & goats, dwarf horses and such. The facility has a broader mission towards the disabled and those having special needs. There are toilets and other amenities like wheelchair access.
Warwick Playground: A nice clean park maintained by the government and popular to families and children of all age. There are rope ladders, swings, tunnels and even a wooden fort on the playground that are favorites to the kids. All these are surrounded by white soft sands to make them safe for the children. There is also a resident flock of chickens in the park and you will often see kids chasing them. There is also a mobile toilet here. A trail from the park leads to the Warwick Long Bay beach. Location: South Shore Road. You can take a bus or a taxi and get down at the parking area on South (Shore) Road located south west of the playground.
Warwick Railway Trail: The part of the scenic Bermuda Railway Trail that goes through Warwick starts from the Cobb’s Hill and goes past the Belmont golf course. This picturesque stretch is ideal for walking, running and cycling. You will see lots of plantation like jasmine and fiddle wood. You will also pass through limestone quarries, residential areas and farmlands on the way.
Warwick Lanes: One of the few 10-pin bowling facilities in Bermuda, Warwick Lanes has 24 modern synthetic lanes and an associated bar & restaurant. It is owned by the Bermuda Bowling Club.
Shopping in Warwick Bermuda
There is not much for the shoppers in Warwick parish other than some roadside stalls selling small souvenir items. However, there are some stores worth noting:
Lindo's Family Foods: This is a grocery store having a wide range of stocks... fresh produce & meats mostly from local farms. There are also products imported from places like US, U.K., Europe, Canada, Portugal, Caribbean etc. They also offer a Deli menu that includes items like Fish Chowder, Breaded Scallops & Shrimps, Meatloaf, Buffalo Style Tenders, Seafood Casserole, Smoked Pork, Sausages, Fried Chicken, Chicken Wings, Salad etc.
Store Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 8am-7pm; Wed, Fri, Sat: 8am-8pm; Sunday Closed.
Address: 128, Middle Road, Warwick, Phone: 441/236-1344.
The Sports Source: A shop selling shoes of various leading brands including Nike, Adidas, Reebok etc. 49 Middle Road, Warwick. Phone: 441/236-9981. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is ample parking at the adjacent supermarket area. This is a branch and their main store is at Hamilton city in Washington Mall.
White's Supermarket: 22 Middle Road, Warwick West, Phone: 441/238-1050 (Update: Whites Supermarket went bankrupt and closed down in 2012).
Hayward's Supermarket: 49 Middle Road, Phone: 441/236-8610. (Update: Haywards too closed down in 2012).
Buses & Ferries
There are regular services of bus #7 and #8 that come from Hamilton, go through Warwick and all the way up to the Dockyard at the west end. Bus #7 takes South Road, whereas bus #8 takes the Middle road. Some of the buses terminate at Barnes Corner. The routes cover most of the attractions I mentioned above. There is no bus on Harbor Road.
There is also a ferry service (Hamilton-Paget-Warwick) that stops at Darrell's wharf and Belmont Wharf, both located off Harbor Road.
Warwick Bermuda Map
Check out Map of Warwick to see an interesting map of the parish. This is an expandable map and you can zoom in to see great details including attractions and places of interests.
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