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“Nelsons Dockyard” 5 of 5 stars
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Nelson's Dockyard
St. John's, English Harbour, Antigua
(268) 481-5028
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Island Safari 4x4 Discovery Tour from St John's
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Nelsons Dockyard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

It was absolutely fantastic and really brought home the days when "rule Brittania" and Britain ruled the waves. The dockyard was so intact with original buildings clearly to some extent duly renovated but you could picture the scene and the nostalgia of the British colonisation. Clearly these days we are down to a navy with perhaps one dinghy so it was good to imagine the traditions of what we used to be and of course the influence we had on many other nations.All of the exhibits were very authentic and worth seeing. A historic marvel

Visited December 2013
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“THE attraction not to be missed in Antigua!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Nelson's Dockyard is THE attraction in all Antigua. If you're not on a tour, catch early morning a bus at the West/South bus station. It is a 30 minutes drive and costs no more than 2 US$ which you can pay to the driver. Don't forget to ask for the exact price and that the driver will leave only when the bus is full.

At Nelson's Dockyard, pay the 8 US$ entrance fee as you can spend the whole day there. Go directly to the center of the park and leave the museum as it is packed with tourists (you can visit it later). From the dockyard you can ask for a taxi boat bringing you to the front beach (a beautiful one) or go right up the hill where you will get a beautiful view and ruins. From there you have a 2 kms long signed walking trail well worth the (pretty steep) hike. After seeing sheep you will reach a beautiful white-sand beach. Count at least 40 minutes to it, On the way you will get sweeping 360 degrees views as good as the one from Shirley Lookout...

When you get back you can explore the various historical buildings of the dockyard, the nice hotels and of course the very intesting museum. You can also have a coffee and admire the numerous yachts and find food there. You can easily spent 5 hours in all.

Same bus and same rate to go back to St-John's. But if you have time, when exiting Nelson's Dockyard there is a beautiful beach located around 15 minutes walk away..

This will be an unforgettable trip as you will be able to combine different activities such as culture, history, hike, swim at one place with everything nearby,...

Visited November 2013
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“An interesting excursion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Interesting shops, lots of history, great ships to see and beautiful views? The week we were there ships arrive for contract cruises, they are beautiful to see up close. A great place if you are a history buff.

Visited December 2013
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“Real history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

As we were staying at the Copper and Lumber, before and after the day trippers were here it was like our own private theme park. Although he never slept ashore this is the genuine article.

Visited October 2013
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“History comes to life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Great restoration of a Georgian dockyard - and it still works. Some nice bars band restaurants too ........ a MUST if you go to Antigua.

Visited November 2013
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