On the northern edge of Bridgetown, you can learn the story of island rum, produced here more or less since the British first settled on the island in 1627. By 1655, Barbados was producing some 900,000 gallons of rum annually. The actual distillery is in St. Lucy Parish to the north, but at this center you can see both old and contemporary equipment used in rum making, along with rows and rows of barrels. First you view a video about Mount Gay's history, followed by a 15-minute crash course in rum making. The tour concludes with a rum tasting. Rum, along with gift items, is for sale in the on-site shop. You can make a reservation for an admission-free tour of the actual Mount Gay refinery, which is located in the northern part of St. Lucy Parish, by calling tel. 246/425-9066.