Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Multimedia exhibitions on the island's history, from the American Indian inhabitants to British colonialism to today.
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  • Amanda W
    1,112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good
    Lovely views over English Harbour. Gardens and the remains of a fort. Inside a short film called “Reflections of the Sun” about the development of the island: the first Amerindian settlers through to the European agricultural settlements, the island's role as a British military base and the campaign for independence. Around the room were models including ones of the “heroes” and a sugar factory. In the lobby was a huge shell collection.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views from Dow's Hill
    The Dow Interpretive Center is included when you purchase the US$15 admission to Nelson's Dockyard. It is a 10 min drive from the Dockyard. It offers a 20 min multimedia show that tells the history of Antigua from native inhabitants, colonization, slavery, independence and modern Antigua. It felt more geared for grade school children, but it was interesting enough. Shows every half hour. It closes at 5pm but the last showing is at 430pm. The best part of the visit is the views from Dow's Hill which offers a commanding view of English Harbour and the southern coastline of the island. This is where the British built fortifications and where senior officers were housed and where the governor of the Leeward islands resided. All of that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1834 and never rebuilt but the views remain. However, I would say that the views from Shirley Heights which are not as distant are the best.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • lithlith
    878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
    We stopped here as part of our cruise ship excursion. There are great view points for photos here. There was also a film presentation that we watched about the history of Antigua that was very informative. There was a giftshop and bathrooms here.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 January 2024
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lithlith
Michigan878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We stopped here as part of our cruise ship excursion. There are great view points for photos here. There was also a film presentation that we watched about the history of Antigua that was very informative. There was a giftshop and bathrooms here.
Written 13 January 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The Dow Interpretive Center is included when you purchase the US$15 admission to Nelson's Dockyard. It is a 10 min drive from the Dockyard. It offers a 20 min multimedia show that tells the history of Antigua from native inhabitants, colonization, slavery, independence and modern Antigua. It felt more geared for grade school children, but it was interesting enough. Shows every half hour. It closes at 5pm but the last showing is at 430pm. The best part of the visit is the views from Dow's Hill which offers a commanding view of English Harbour and the southern coastline of the island. This is where the British built fortifications and where senior officers were housed and where the governor of the Leeward islands resided. All of that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1834 and never rebuilt but the views remain. However, I would say that the views from Shirley Heights which are not as distant are the best.
Written 24 September 2023
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Amanda W
Oxford, England1,112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Lovely views over English Harbour. Gardens and the remains of a fort. Inside a short film called “Reflections of the Sun” about the development of the island: the first Amerindian settlers through to the European agricultural settlements, the island's role as a British military base and the campaign for independence. Around the room were models including ones of the “heroes” and a sugar factory. In the lobby was a huge shell collection.
Written 25 July 2023
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JulesbSouthLondon
Coulsdon, UK242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Exhibition on the island's history which includes some indoor exhibits and also a cinema presentation on the history of Antigua and the various peoples who have inhabited, invaded and colonised the island over the centuries. There is also an observation area outside.
Written 13 July 2023
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
With commanding views of the harbors below, the lookouts at the Interpretation Centre are a photographer’s delight. The museum offers a short, but interesting multimedia presentation on the history of Antigua and the various peoples who have inhabited, invaded and colonized the island over the centuries. This was a wonderful part of our recent tour of Antigua, and I highly recommend a visit.
Written 10 February 2023
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Interpretation Center runs a short 12-15 minute video presenting the history of the island and its inhabitants over the centuries. Very well done--informative, educational and well worth the time.
Views of the surrounding area from atop the Dow's Hill are excellent and present good photo ops.
Written 21 November 2022
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Markku V
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Well organised and accepts same tickets with Nelson Dockyard. Today 2021-11-19 it was a quiet place. Nice scenery. We were here as part of Johnny's Antigua Tours & Snorkeling tour.
Written 19 November 2021
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ357 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Commanding view from the site. Multimedia exhibition gives show of timeline of the island. The ruins there was originally constructed as a fort.
Written 11 April 2020
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clarkwhite
Ipswich, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I was sceptical as I walked in here, tourist attractions not being my thing. However I was completely won over. There was a 15min video presentation about the islands history which was part dated and part informative. Then one of the staff, Kevin, took us on a brief tour of the site and the view below of Nelson’s Dockyard, English harbour and neighbouring islands.
He was very knowledgeable and friendly and we both really liked him.
Well worth visiting as you go up to Shirley heights
Written 19 March 2020
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tarvum
Meriden, CT206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was nice to get to see the history of the island of Antigua. It was pretty ingenious how they had the theater set up with the round “diner” seats that rotated so you could move and face the current presentation. Great job!!
Written 2 March 2020
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