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 Saint Paul Parish attractions using our handy Saint Paul Parish trip planning site .
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  • Nelson's dock yard was part of a land tour with Safari Tours in Antiqua. We were picked up from the Pineapple Beach Club, and the Dock yard was one of the stops. The museum was very interesting and in...  more »
  • This is in my view one of the best parts of Antigua with all the history and the natural landscape of one of the best harbours I have been to. Stayed here for nearly 2 weeks and never got bored of the...  more »
  • Historic to Antigua & very interesting, you have free roam of the Dockyard, lots to read and look at, handy little tuck shop on the waterfront, couple of cafe/restaurants, unfortunately closed due to ...  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.
  • 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.
  • It just BEAUTIFUL here a true walk back in time. A lot of history with stern to docking, restaurant's, bakery, sail Maker and electronics Specialist (who is very good)... enjoyed my stay very much.
  • There is so much to see and do. Great for all the family. The harbour tour is a great repeat experience as there is always something different to see.
  • A must visit for a first timer on Antigua. Oozes history. Some decent bars and restaurants. The guided tour is short giving you time to wander and take in the atmosphere.

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