Shirley Heights

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Shirley Heights
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Hills overlooking the Dockyard on the east, named after the governor who built the fortifications.
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Melanie C
Surrey, UK29 contributions
Couples
We visited Shirley Heights both during the day and on a Sunday night for the sunset party. Both visits were well worth it but obviously very different.

The views during the day are spectacular but on a Sunday night, the party really gets going with a steel band, followed by a reggae band and dancing.

Drinks and food are reasonably priced and entrance is $10 each and arrive early enough to watch the sunset.

Book ahead if you can as this gives you access to sit down at a table buy to be honest, we didn't book and had no problem sitting on bench to eat in the grassy area.

A fun, lively, good natured evening!
Written February 14, 2022
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David H
Bury, UK1,559 contributions
We visited for the Sunday barbeque. Be sure to arrive early during daylight to admire the view, and stay until after dark to see how it changes from day to night.
Entrance fee is reasonable and there is a good choice of drink. The food was reasonably priced but left a lot to be desired!
The steel drums and reggae band go on into the evening and give a good atmosphere. We were lucky to arrive early and got seats under one of the wooden gazebos, as it rained on and off all evening, leaving those outside rather wet.
This is a popular event, so advance booking is essential if you dont want to be turned away.
You can walk to Shirley Heights from English Harbour, but it is a tough walk, and a taxi is much easier and not too costly. Your driver should arrange to pick you up afterwards.
Written February 20, 2022
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Cindy
Erie, PA26 contributions
Couples
On trip first week of June ‘22 we went to Shirley Heights Sunday night. They have an island bash there every Sunday and Thursday at sunset. It was the best night of our excellent trip to Antigua. The pics speak or the beautiful view , but no picture can capture the talent of the steel drum band that has been together for 40 years and plays both island music and classical pieces seamlessly. The party atmosphere was great and super hosts sold wonderful BBQ and Jerk Chicken and Pork as well as a full selection of drinks. What a blast! Highly recommend it and suggest you get there 4:30 or 5 if you want to have a table. Party goes well into the night. Best $10.oo (for admission) you will spend on the island. Food and drink prices are reasonable.
Written June 12, 2022
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PECounty
Ontario Canada7 contributions
Watching the sunset at Shirley Heights on the Sunday night party was recommended by several local residents. We hired a taxi that took us to the entrance and you arrange a pick up time with your driver. You pay at the end of your return trip so your taxi definitely comes back for you. TIP: take a picture of the license plate when you are dropped off as there are many taxis waiting to pick up customers when you leave and it is dark when trying to find your taxi and driver after sunset. The steel drum band starts playing at 5 pm - 6:30. More music after that. There is a bar for drinks for a reasonable price. Get some of the excellent bbq jerk chicken that is sold by church volunteers as their fundraiser - great authentic food, good price and you are supporting their local church. The washrooms are clean. The sunset is amazing and the view over the harbor is beautiful. You can walk down the trail towards the harbor, keep your entry ticket to get back up the trail as proof of paying $10 entry fee. A few local vendors are selling their crafts and wares. It is a nice event for all ages.
Written March 2, 2020
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richie
Sidcup, UK4 contributions
Family
Booked last minute while on the island , what a great decision!
6 of us went , it was a 35 minute taxi ride but so worth it .
The views are spectacular and the drinks and food reasonably priced .
We arrived at 430 and the steel band were just getting started , lovely evening and then even better the band took over after sunset and having had several drinks listening to the reggae music for the rest of the evening was fantastic.
Great atmosphere finishing at 830 seemed early but actually was about right
Couldn’t recommend this highly enough and prebook to reserve a table
Written January 7, 2022
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redeco
Warren, MA9,357 contributions
Named for Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands, Shirley Heights commands a view dockyard below and is part of the defenses that he installed starting in 1781. The view is spectacular and well worth the visit.

Didn't try the restaurant, but loved talking to the ladies who sold souvenirs on the terrace behind the restaurant. Friendly and obliging, the women, who obviously make their living from selling beads and trinkets, were absolutely charming. I bought more than I needed because I enjoyed them so much. Some of the shell bracelets and pendants were lovely and well-priced. Ok to haggle...they get right into it.

I highly recommend a visit to this splendid lookout. Enjoy!
Written April 6, 2022
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AstroDiver
Minnesota145 contributions
It has a breathtaking view across the south end of the island. We wanted to spend 10 minutes taking some vacation photos but forgot that it was Sunday, their event day, and we were supposed to queue up and pay an entry fee for the evening's entertainment. The staff was reasonable, and we finally talked our way in for a limited stay, provided we wore a white 'wristband of shame'
Written May 13, 2022
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK872 contributions
As part of our island tour our guide stopped at Shirley Heights. Fantastic views particularly to Galleon Beach below and English Harbour. We visited in the day so we didn't experience the evening restaurant, bar and staged live music entertainment. We also missed out on viewing the sunset which we were told is quite impressive.
Written April 12, 2022
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gibbler1232
Edmonton, Canada70 contributions
We took a taxi up with friends for the Sunday night BBQ.
The views here are absolutely fantastic and even with all the people, we could still get some good photos of English Harbour and the beautiful sunset.
The BBQ was delicious and the Halcyon Steel Orchestra was a pleasure to listen too. We left when the rock band came out but a lot of people were dancing and seemed to be having a great time.
I think this is a must do for anyone visiting Antigua on a Sunday weather permitting and if you can handle crowds in a small space.
Written February 3, 2020
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trueheart
Bruce Peninsula, Canada47 contributions
I know Shirley Heights Sunday night party is apparently a must do on the island but it was seriously packed. There doesn't seem to be any limit on the number on people they allow in; three vans full from our resort alone. The views would have been spectacular if we could have gotten close enough to even see but by the time we got there people were jammed into the best lookouts and not moving. The line up was huge just to buy tickets for food which you then got into another line to get. We thought the prices were high, $15 for jerk chicken and $25 ribs so we just waited to eat back at the resort.
The steel band was good but we couldn't get near it so we just enjoyed it from afar.
As someone else said, definitely take a photo of your transport license plate or you will never find it in the dark after.
I guess my only recommendation would be to go early or perhaps on another night.
Written March 9, 2020
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