Nelson's Dockyard
Nelson's Dockyard
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  • Catherine D
    United States49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really enjoyed the history here.
    Large group of us met there to walk around. We used a tour guide offered by the park service and She was great. She shared about many of the buildings and when they were built. We walked up the road to the fort and checkered out those buildings. Not an easy walk so some of our group didn’t do that part.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • JulesbSouthLondon
    Coulsdon, United Kingdom236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting historical place to visit
    Great place to learn a bit about the history of Antigua and also to see some amazing boats in the dockyard. There is also a museum inside. There are a couple of restaurants but they were very overpriced. There are lots of expensive touristy souvenirs as well. I would recommend 1-2 hours to see the dockyard. We paid $US15 each to enter which included a short 15 minute tour with a guide. The entrance fee includes a trip to Shirley Heights if you visit on the same day and also to the Interpretation Centre near Shirley Heights.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Amanda W
    1,117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Very hot, take some water. On our cruise ship tour a guide showed us round some of the buildings and then we had free time to wander around. I wish I had done some research before I had gone, but all the former dockyard buildings do have notices outside to tell you what they are and there is a map. The museum was extremely hot and it didn't look interesting but when I read up about it later I wish I had investigated it further. Shops, hotel, restaurants but this is an historic site.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Don3000m
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very old and Interesting Dockyard, still in use
    Interesting place with very informative guides. Some of the original buildings and features still exist with one building now being a very small museum. a Cafe and a liquor shop are there if you wish to sample the local rum which varies in strength from 40 to 151 degrees proof.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Alex M
    Midhurst, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nelson’s Dockyard
    Very good, entry tickets get you to all the main attractions. If your lucky you get to have Glen march up to your children in the car park and tell them about his dead hand before trying to get you to buy his knock off CDs. Otherwise it was lovely.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Rachel L
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty, historical site
    Went as something different from a day at the beach. Lovely historical buildings in beautiful setting. Knowledgeable and funny tour guide, museum and local stalls. Didn't eat here but seemed like a good choice for food and drinks
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • Susan K
    Waukesha, Wisconsin86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see and do
    This is a beautifully preserved and restored Dockyard! Great place to learn some history of Antigua while relaxing and enjoying the views! Grab a beer at the market, walk the docks and look at the amazing boats, stop at the bakery for a treat, hike to the fort, and take time to meet the lovely people who call Antigua home!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Hale F
    Oxford, Mississippi431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic, fascinated with good restaurants, enjoyable
    Great location, with food, drink, good restaurants, shops, and a beautiful location to tell you the history of the Island and the British Navy in Aniguia. The Museum is worth your time. The area has a fascinating self-guided tour which is fascinating and informative. We stayed in a hotel there which I recommend.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 November 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,749 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nelson's Dockyard National Park
    This UNESCO world heritage site includes: Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights, Dow's Hill interpretation center, and Clarence House. It was built between the mid to late 1700's. It is a great location as the British used it to protect their war ships from hurricanes. As the years went on mant buildings such as a naval hospital and a clothing store as well as many other essential buildings for the British Navy.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 December 2023
  • lithlith
    887 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nelson's Dockyard
    We visited Nelson's Dockyard as part of our cruise ship tour. We had a guided tour in the dock yards and then a little free time on our own to explore. You'll see historic buildings as well as brand new fancy yachts. There are also shops, restaurants, and bathrooms here.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 January 2024
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debbie W
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We got a local tour of the island and this was a stop. It was very pretty there. Gret views and very interesting. There was a lot of history there.
Written 19 April 2024
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dv50
Milford, PA68 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Waste of money. $15 to get in; there is really nothing to do there. We went into the museum but that's about it. I wouldn't recommend this unless you are boaters.
Written 17 April 2024
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Russell S
Antioch, TN258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
In case you should need a break from Antigua's beaches (is that possible?) Nelson's Dockyard and surrounding sites is a great place to spend most of a day. We loved the 18th- and 19th century buildings and all the history they contain. Especially cool was the dockyard's museum, a two-floor original building that gives a great review of the site's history. Make sure you don't forget the second floor. We found a couple good pubs that also offer food, but we saw only one restaurant in the dockyard complex. There are several other sites (Shirley Heights, Clarence House and the Blockhouse) that were very interesting and offer great photo opportunities.
Written 13 April 2024
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Mark T
Grimsby, UK196 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We did this as part of a Tui trip. Upon arrival we were handed to a local guide who regaled us tales about his family and nothing to do with the Dockyard itself. Then we were passed on to a chap who took you around the bay in his boat, which i have to say was very precarious getting on and off especially for the elderly or those with mobility issues. It mainly involves jumping down and climbing out of his boat. He at least told us about the history of the Docks and Nelson's association but more about celebrities he'd drank with in the local bars and restaurants. We recieved a free rum punch from the bay bar but he didn't want us on his premises then to top it off most of us didn't get time to go in to the museum as the guide cocked up her times for getting back on the bus so we sat for 20 minutes waiting for her and the one person she'd told that she'd changed the return time. My advice. Go on your own devices.
Written 13 April 2024
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JuneBug
Philadelphia, PA30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We’ve been coming to Antigua for many years. Every time we bring a new guest, we bring them the Nelson’s dockyard for what previously was a GREAT history lesson. This year, the guide Akeem, didn’t cover any of the history. Just talked about what food to get locally. We were SO disappointed. He didn’t regale the group with stories of the sailors; the rations of rum, why the harbour was such a great location (never showed the group how it couldn’t be seen from the sea; the narrow passage to enter). Or really any other historical facts (just princess Margaret’s honeymoon).

PLEASE BRING BACK THE KNOWLEDGEABLE, ENTERTAINING, HISTORIANS/GUIDES. This is a great place to visit.
Written 30 March 2024
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Kerry S
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The whole experience was great. Guided tour for part of the visit, then you are left to walk around the rest of the museum alone, taking your time. The restaurant was outstanding, and I still think about the calamari which was cooked to perfection! The steel drum band plays every vessel in and out of the harbour which is a wonderful tradition.
Written 26 March 2024
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Richard W
Penn Valley, CA834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The history and scenery of this place is wonderful. Such a beautiful location with much to see in the historic park area. Several sailing vessels had already arrived in preparation for the America's Cup sailing race. Just seeing them was magnificent.
Written 19 March 2024
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Seamus
Oakville, Canada1,482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This really is the main attraction in the entire country, located near Falmouth in English Harbour at the extreme south end of the island. About a 45 minute drive from Dickenson Bay, this national heritage site is the only remaining Georgian naval dockyard in the world. Great for walking and learning about life in the navy back around the Golden Age of Piracy. The harbour itself is a fantastic place to see the many exotic yachts that make their way from all over the globe. The $15 USD admission also gets you into the nearby Shirley Heights fort, with its magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea. You can spend the afternoon on the beach at Halfmoon Bay, also nearby.
Written 10 March 2024
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rantati7
Helsinki, Finland2,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Restored buildings from 18th century. Maybe of interest to some but hardly worth the trip if you are on a cruise. I stayed at the Admiral’s Inn for 4 nights hence the entrance was free of charge. Please note that the ticket office is open only during the time when to cruise visitors come. At other times it’s free to enter. Alternatively if you are with a car say at the gate that you are going to Admiral’s Inn and the gatekeeper will let you enter with car at no cost. Park in front of the Inn (there is a sign for Pilars restaurant.
Written 8 March 2024
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Catherine M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
What a spot! Thanks to Sherene (she she) Tony our driver and Dave our captain for getting us there and showing us around this beautiful place.
Written 8 March 2024
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