Construction of this elegant 2-storey building began in 1833. On weekdays visitors are welcome to look at the room where Bermuda’s Senate holds it meetings. The Senate convenes on Wednesdays at 10 am (Nov – Jul) and the sessions are open to the public. The Premier’s office and those of some top civil servants are also situated here.
On the first Friday in November the spacious lawn is the setting for the ceremony marking the reconvening of Bermuda’s parliament. The governor, sitting in a 17th century chair, reads out the Throne Speech, outlining the intended policies of the incumbent government.
The Cenotaph lies just south of the building and honours Bermudian soldiers killed in World War I and II. The limestone monument is a replica of the one in London. A moving service is held here on Remembrance Day.
Recent years have seen other monuments erected in the grounds here. In 2009 a statue of Sally Basset was unveiled as part of the island’s 400th anniversary. In 1730, the elderly slave stood trial at the State House in St George on charges of poisoning her granddaughter’s owners. She was found guilty and sentenced to death by burning, a horrific punishment even by the standards of that time. The bronze statue, by Bermudian sculptor Carlos Dowling, stands near the western entrance gate of the Cabinet Office. Interpretative plaques tell her story.
Over at the eastern entrance there’s a memorial to the island’s war veterans. The names of thousands of Bermudians who served in the World Wars are listed on five granite slabs, arranged in a semi-circle around a fountain. It was erected in 2010.
Tourist attractions and things to do near Cabinet Building include:
- Cenotaph (0.0 miles) - War memorial
- Sessions House (0.1 miles) - Bermuda's parliament
- Bermuda Cathedral (0.1 miles) - Offers great views of Hamilton
Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Cabinet Building include:
- Bolero Brasserie (0.1 miles) - Upscale brasserie on Hamilton’s main street. Chef owned. Offers a small balcony with view of Front Street and Hamilton Harbour.
- The Dog House (0.1 miles) - Popular bar on Front Street. Live music and Premier League/NFL games. Outdoor terrace.
- Docksider (0.1 miles) - Pub and restaurant at the eastern end of Front Street. Menu offers pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Popular watering hole. Live sports, DJs etc. Reasonably close to Fort Hamilton.
- Rosa's (0.1 miles) - Established Tex-Mex restaurant in Hamilton. Offers burgers, burritos, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, steaks etc. Located above Docksider.
- Rock Island Coffee (0.1 miles) - Coffeeshop in Hamilton known for its delicious baked goods. Walls display works by local artists.
- Ruby Murrys (0.1 miles) - Indian restaurant just off Front Street. Reasonable prices.
- The Astwood Arms (0.1 miles) - British style pub on Hamilton’s main street. Friendly staff. Live music and NFL/Premier League games.
- Flanagan's (0.1 miles) - Irish pub located in a prime spot on Front Street in Hamilton. Veranda offers excellent views of Hamilton Harbour. Incorporates a separate sports bar.
- Barracuda Grill (0.2 miles) - Seafood restaurant in Hamilton, just off Front Street. Specialises in seafood but also offers meat options. Located above the Hog Penny pub.
- Hog Penny (0.2 miles) - British-style pub just off Front Street. Cosy wooden interior. Reputed to be the inspiration for the Cheers pub in Boston. Live music in the evenings.
- Devil's Isle (0.2 miles) - Busy cafe and bar in Hamilton. Hip and casual.
- The Terrace on Front Street (0.2 miles) - Restaurant on Front Street. Outdoor terrace has fantastic views of Front Street and Hamilton Harbour. Formerly Red Steakhouse.
Map showing location of Cabinet Building.
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105 Front Street