Broad Street was originally called Cheapside, a name which still applies to the lower end that locates the General Post Office and the Cheapside Market. Later it was known as the Exchange Street, due to the merchant’s exchange being located here. It was also referred to as New England Street, and then officially named Broad Street in the very early 1700s after an Act was passed by the Legislature for the lay-out of the streets of Bridgetown.
Named Broad Street because it was the broadest street in Bridgetown at that time, this stretch was lined with elegant shops, patronised by the merchatile elite and stocked to satify the most discriminating of shoppers.
This street is Bridgetown’s main street, as it stretches directly through the centre of Bridgetown from Cheapside Rd to Fairchild St.
When strolling along this street, you will see some impressive historic sights and colonial-style buildings dating back to the 1800s, along with shopping malls, banks, bars and restaurants.
Most cruise ship passengers and visitors to the island can be found on Broad St. on a daily basis, taking advantage of the souvenir shopping and duty-free prices on leading brand name items like clothing, jewelry, cameras, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and more.
Connecting roads/streets include Marhill St, Rickett St, High St, Prince William Henry St and Tudor St at the upper end, while Mc Gregor St, Prince Alfred St, Cowen St and Cumberland St connects at the lower end.
To reach the west coast/highway 1 from here, you will need to travel pass Cheapside, Fontabelle, Spring Garden and then onto highway 1.
To reach the south coast/highway 7, you will need to travel over the Chamberlain Bridge onto Bay Street and then onto Highway 7.
Historic Sights/Buildings on Broad Street
Duty Free Shopping on Broad Street
This street is located in the Historic Bridgetown & its Garrison area
…A UNESCO World Heritage Site