Shirley Heights
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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  • KRIVAS66
    New York City, New York14 contributions
    Shirley Heights, Antigua Is Great!
    Watching the sunset is an experience. The food and bands that play there are wonderful. Tourists from all over went to see the sunset, eat good local food and drink local beer. Everyone was super friendly. I would highly recommend going there on your stay in Antigua.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Linda G
    13 contributions
    A stunning view, beautiful sunset and fun experience!
    Everyone you speak to on the island said don't miss Shirley Heights on Sunday evening for the sunset, food and music. We went early and to say it was spectacular is an understatement! It does get very crowded but going early was the right decision for us.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • lynnhazell2022
    Southampton, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Trip to Shirley Heights Antigua.
    Recently visited Shirley Heights whilst on a trip to Antigua. If you like steel bands reggae music and bbq this is the place for you. The views over looking English harbour are amazing especially if you are there at sunset. We had a brilliant night. Don’t forget to try the rum punch.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Dragonbaby
    Orange, Connecticut81 contributions
    Go for sunset
    We had an incredible view of sunset here. We did the Sunday night party. I would say if you don’t need the music and food go on an evening when there is no party (not Thursday or Sunday). You will find it easier to take photos. That being said the steel pan band and reggae bands were wonderful. The food was good but lines were long. And lots of vendors around to buy souvenirs. It was a festive atmosphere. Go early and get a few photos or stake out a seat at the view point so you can get a good photo at sunset. Or get a seat at a picnic table with a view so you have a seat to eat. The seats go quickly (by 5:15, they were all taken). Lovely spot.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Susan C
    London, United Kingdom337 contributions
    Caribbean icon
    Walk up to the viewpoint and breathe. Scan the horizon. Imagine the Royal Navy lookouts checking for enemy shipping. A historic sight. It is beautiful geography. Undulating spines of rocks covered in vegetation. Blues in the different, sheltered bays. White sail boats dot the picture. Blues and greens offset by vibrant pink, fuschia and red flowers and shrubs in the foreground.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Ebony
    London, United Kingdom139 contributions
    Great evening out
    Stunning views, great atmosphere and live band. 10 US for entry which was value for money. Didn’t try the food, but the menu looked great, the queue for food was very long. Drink prices very reasonable.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 30, 2023
  • FactChick
    Montreal, Canada179 contributions
    Go after 5 during week, no fees
    We went at 5 pm during the week. No fees, no crowds, just a beautiful sunset and stroll around the grounds. Don’t make the mistake of going earlier. We did. We paid at 3 pm, strolled the grounds and left fir a while. Came back at 4:30, no guards ( re payment required). So just a heads up, go around 5 pm like the locals do during the week.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2023
  • profjan06nj
    Fair Lawn, New Jersey234 contributions
    Fabulous views
    Do not miss a chance to visit here. The views are spectacular. We were there on a quiet afternoon and had lunch and heard steel drum music! What a pretty spot to walk around and enjoy Antigua from a different angle!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • haywood0
    Fairfield, Connecticut8 contributions
    Fun party at sunset
    The Sunday night barbeque and steel drum band party was lots of fun! Highly recommend! The local food was excellent and it was a great atmosphere with lots of people from the resorts as well as locals. Cool vibe. Amazing sunset!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Mary_Peggy
    40 contributions
    Spectacular views of the Island.
    I am so happy I made the 40 min journey from Jolly Beach to visit Shirley Heights. This is great to do on a Sunday evening. There was a steel band followed by a live band that made this party insatiable. But most important, is the sunset view from here. The views are like heaven on earth. A must-see!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
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trueheart
Bruce Peninsula, Canada51 contributions
Feb 2020
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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Chris C
Ashington, UK116 contributions
Feb 2020
We hired a private transfer for Sunday evening at Shirley Heights.
Yes, $10 each for entry, but the music made it well worth the fee. The steel band played for well over an hour while we watched the sunset, enjoyed the food & cocktails (try their dark & stormy) Then the reggae band took over - great music & atmosphere!!
Written February 22, 2020
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R&RwithT&R
Denver, CO24 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This place has nice views if you go in the day but Sunday night it’s extremely crowded with tourists (not locals as they claim around the island). It’s expensive to get there and with all the people it’s impossible to enjoy a romantic sunset. Plus you end up stuck there for a few hours until the shuttle takes you back to the resort.
Written January 24, 2020
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Melanie C
Surrey, UK45 contributions
Feb 2022 • 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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us3rushes
7 contributions
Apr 2019
There are HUGE gatherings here on Sunday nights...so be prepared for crowds. The Steel drum band is NOT TO BE MISSED and worth the price of admission. The food is not worth it, so plan to have dinner somewhere else. Sunsets are spectacular. I believe you can go on other nights but the band won't be there.
Written March 10, 2020
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David H
Bury, UK1,651 contributions
Feb 2022
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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clarkwhite
Ipswich, UK81 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Great view and a historic place. Sunday evening bbq is well worth going to, the food is ok, but the view watching the sunset and the steel band playing is a memory you won’t forget.
Get there before 4 to reserve your seat on the wall overlooking the harbour.
Steel band plays 4pm-7pm, then reggae band until 10
Written March 19, 2020
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Sarah D
Coulsdon, UK88 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
I was looking forward to this visit on the recommendation of friends who had been before and said to get there early for the sunset.
You have to pay $10 each for what I do not know as you don’t get a ticket for a drink only a coloured wrist band!
There are bars inside the building and outside and you can buy a ticket for food which we failed to do and thought we would get it later.
What a mistake! We tried to get a ticket for food after sunset and the queue was long with people pushing in from the side or just walking straight up to the counter.
We gave up after queuing for 30 mins and headed back to our hotel in time for dinner.
Great for the sunset pictures, but be warned the Instagram influencers jump in front of you to get their ideal sunset picture and risk their lives by going on the rocks where it is clearly signed not to go!
The steel band was fantastic and had the crowd dancing.
Written January 17, 2023
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991Sherrie_Lee
belnan33 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We attended the Sunday night festivities in January. The view is beautiful and sunset above English Harbour was amazing. The atmosphere was fun, we were told locals attend but honestly only to sell food, souvenirs and play the music. It’s very much a tourist attraction. The taxi dropped us off around 6 pm the drumming was about 2 hours and the Reggae music started around 730 and out arranged by hotel taxi picked us up for 8. We honestly were ready to leave and so were the other couples that were in our shuttle taxi.
Written March 5, 2020
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JP
Raleigh, NC47 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Shirley heights is a must if you are vacationing in Antigua! Our resort (cocobay) offered a shuttle to go on a Sunday afternoon. There was a great mixture of families, couples, friend groups etc and from all over the world! The beer and liquor selection were robust and ranged from $4 (beer) to about $8-$10(cocktails). It was a bit crazy right at sunset and a few people broke out into verbal arguments because they were trying to get photos which definitely took away from the absolute beauty of the area however it quickly resolved when the sun went down and there was nothing left to argue about. The steel drums orchestra played earlier in the night and played some super fun sing alongs as well as traditional carribean music and later in the night an awesome band/ dj played and really got people dancing partying. There is food to purchase also and souvenirs. Overall a must do experience.
Written October 18, 2022
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