Located in the islands of Bermuda, the town of St. George’s was the first British settlement in the area. Originally called New London, this town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1609.
This beautiful isle is well known for its warm tropical climate and hospitable, friendly residents. Little has changed about St. George’s over the years. It still retains the narrow streets and laid-back atmosphere that keeps tourists coming back for more.
Here are some things that make St. George’s so interesting and attractive:
- William Shakespeare wrote about St. George’s in his play “The Tempest,” where the main characters survive a shipwreck and wind up in this town.
- In 1609, Sir George Somers and his crew landed here after his ship, the Sea Venture, was shipwrecked. The official British settlement of the town began in 1612.
- Roads and streets in St. George’s still have their original names given to them at the town’s founding.
- The World Heritage Center of St. George’s opened in 2009. It has a wealth of information on the town’s historical background, cultural heritage, and the many fortifications in the area
- St. George’s is home to the oldest Anglican church in the Western hemisphere that’s been continually operated. St. Peter’s Church was built in 1612.
- Living standards in St. George’s are high. Poverty is not common here.
- The town has, for the most part, retained the 17th-century style architecture and atmosphere. Tourists will still find streets with horses and carriages.