Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour

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Dating back to the Georgian era, Nelson's Dockyard offers visitors numerous sightseeing opportunities, as well as restaurants, shops, and a museum. Built in the late 17th century, the dockyard carries the name of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lived in the area in the 1780s. History buffs rarely miss paying a visit to the scenic marina, restored in the 1950s after years of abandonment. Browse the arts and crafts shops, admire examples of Georgian architecture, and explore the museum to view numerous items and relics from the dockyard's history. Work out when and for how long to visit Nelson's Dockyard and other English Harbour attractions using our handy English Harbour trip planning site .
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  • If you want a change from the usual trips to the beach in Antigua on a cruise then head to Nelson's Dockyard. It is very easy to get there in a taxi or the local bus which both seem to take about 45 m...  more »
  • The former British colony and the port remains the best preserved historical part. If you can't visit Antigua truly deserves. Pleasant to walk together to the native Italian guide.
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  • The British ruled the waves up until the early 1900's and this is one of their early bases. There is plenty of evidence of it's naval history including the dock used to repair sails and small museums....  more »
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  • This World Heritage Site is kept in good repair and is constantly being restored to original architectural standards. I enjoyed my many visits here revisiting as it were the colonial days or the days of Admiral Horatio Nelson and the British Naval era. Busiest during Antigua Sailing Week, Fishing Tournament and don't forget to visit on Christmas Day (Festival), any time is good for a visit, even during the evenings. Many businesses are located inside the Nelson's Dockyard including hotels, Restaurants, Museum, Bakery, Grocery/Yacht Supply Store, Electronic Repair, Boat Sail Repair and many others. The Dockyard Marina and the original ship berths are a popular attraction when the yachts are in town and the general atmosphere can be quite interesting. I found the hike to Fort Berkeley to be spectacular scenic with great views of the Dockyard, Antigua Slipway, Clarence house and many other outstanding points of interest and historical significance. Other trails through the national park originate or end at The Nelson's Dockyard. To me The Nelson's Dockyard is worth more than one visit in order to attempt to fully explore its many facets and enjoy the historical attraction.
  • The museum offered interesting information about the 1800's mariners. It wasn't super crowded and the layout flowed nicely. You can get through it in about 20 minutes. Go to the bakery in the backyard for fresh bakes like turnovers and meat pies.
  • Nelsons Dockyard is The final stop on the Dockyard Drive in English Harbour, Antigua. A Georgian Port with the distinction of being one of the few in the world still in operations today ( with a few modifications of course). The World Heritage site is in remarkable condition and it is being constantly restored using the original architectural building style. The naval history comes alive at the Dockyard and other related Historic sites in the area (all under the auspices of the National Parks Authority). Many activities on the Islands events calendar has the Nelson's Dock Yard as the venue; Antigua Sailing Week, Fishing Tournament and the Christmas day Event to name just a few. The tourist attraction is opened all year round and there is always something happening. Just a casual visit without any specific event to attend is in itself a rewarding and eventful prospect. The well maintained ground, the yachts and the many varied businesses inside the dockyard itself is reason enough for a whole family visit weather day or night. I have enjoyed many visits to the Dockyard for various events and casual visits and have totally enjoyed myself and the picturesque architectural and natural sceneries are a plus as well. The Nelson's Dockyard is a historic, scenic and worthwhile point of Interest and definitely worth a visit.
  • A little pricey to get in but it is one of the best preserved historical sites on the island. Also, the shops are pretty well prices for touristy stuff. The restaurants aren't bad either but the best spot is the little BAKERY nestled behind the Captain's House museum. The ladies are friendly and for 1/4 of the price of all the other restaurants you can get really good food. I highly recommend the Pineapple Turnover. And don't forget to go to Shirley Heights on the other side of the bay. It's a 10 minute drive from the Dockyard and it gives you a spectacular view of the Dockyard, bay and the island.
  • Worth a visit. Great historical sight and the yachts in the harbor are AMAZING. You can get up close. Wish I was rich and retired.

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