Nelson's Dockyard
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DMC13
Lymington, UK314 contributions
Dec 2019
We only had just over an hour at Nelson's Dockyard which was nowhere near enough and, particularly if interested in the history, needs 1/2 day to do it justice.
Original buildings have been restored and adapted (shops, hotel and other uses) but this doesn't detract from the setting and commercial income helps maintain the site.
Entry charge of $8 for adults which includes a good museum and is reasonable if you have time to explore the history, pause for a drink and take the sun.
Well worth a leisurely visit.
Written January 19, 2020
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JonathanDWL
Broad Haven, UK75 contributions
Jan 2020
We went to the dockyard to see a Talisker Atlantic Challenge team arrive. When we got there we were asked to pay for entry, I said we had a lunch reservation at Boom but she insisted I pay the entrance fee anyway. I paid because it is an outstanding historical site which must cost loads in upkeep but surely if you are going inside to eat and have a reservation to prove it you should just be allowed in? Isn't this hurting the eateries on this site asking people to pay to enter that will pay a lot to eat inside as well? Having said this it is an outstanding place.
Written January 27, 2020
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redeco
Warren, MA9,449 contributions
Mar 2022
Nelson's Dockyard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on English Harbor, Antigua. Begun around 1725, the dockyard was at its height of prominence during the mid to late 18th century. A young Royal Naval Captain, Horatio Nelson, served here in 1784 in his first commission.

The dockyard consists of many nicely restored buildings original to the site. One serves as a museum, another as a sail loft, some as restaurants and shops. The site is clean and attractive with friendly shopkeepers.

Quite frankly, Nelson's Dockyard is perfectly lovely to visit, but much more could be made of this wonderful site. Most of the shops aren't very exciting; the visitor center could use a lift; and the museum really needs updating. A couple of hours is all you need to do this place justice. That being said, I still think it's worth a visit. Enjoy.
Written April 9, 2022
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KarenfromTod
West Yorkshire, UK92 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I’m sure it’s lovely once you’re inside but we went on 2 separate days and didn’t manage to get in. On the first attempt we were directed to the pay gates where a man (with no uniform) asked us for $30US each as an entrance fee. There were other people going in without paying (one said he wanted to use the ATM). It seemed a bit expensive so we left and we weren’t convinced about the man in the pay Station.

We returned the following day and was met by staff in Nelsons Dockyard tshirts. They wanted $15US each - the Internet clearly states $8US 😳. We tried to tell the young man and his older female colleague about the previous day and to our amazement the young man raised his voice, became aggressive and called us “liars”. The lady was not prepared to believe us either and they walked off into the office once they had finished abusing us. We didn’t get the option to pay the entrance fee and go inside.

Bearing in mind the expense of hiring a car to actually go there, we left feeling a little bit shocked and upset. We won’t be returning.
Written April 3, 2022
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Been a few places
Epsom, UK1,118 contributions
Oct 2021
A visit to Nelson's Dockyard is a must on most visitor's lists when in Antigua and the same was true for me. The site is pretty with loads of history but it's over commercial with very limited information on the history of the place. Most of the buildings now house businesses and have vehicles parked outside, so you can't get decent photos. The highlight was the museum but overall the visit was a disappointment, particularly given the entry fee (which fair enough goes to the area's upkeep) and the hard sell from the stall holders (who probably don't get much passing trade.
Written December 6, 2021
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Brian P
New York City, NY516 contributions
Jan 2021
The price was almost doubled to $15 for entrance fee which we didn't know until we arrived, but it was well worth the price for admission to this historical gem! As you enter, there are little shop stands for shirts, caps, jewelry, etc. I bought a bracelet made out of seeds and an older woman was sewing one together, so I knew it was legit. LOVE IT my little piece of Antigua keepsake. Beyond that there were old buildings with plaques about their history and a museum with great historical information & artifacts about the island. Thoroughly enjoyable. We then walked around to see the gorgeous yachts docked there and had the most lovely lunch at the Pillars.
A definite MUST when visiting Antigua!
Written January 25, 2021
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Roy S
Romford, UK424 contributions
Mar 2020
Not sure the 50 minute bone jarring trip from our cruise ship to visit this place was worth it? - no, it wasn't.

The 'guide' mumbled something about the buildings and then just left us to our own devices. Interesting buildings I suppose if you're into that kind of thing & you can gaze in awe at Richie Rich on his super yacht if you like.

Think we were given an hour or so but after the complimentary rum punch and a quick look round we were ready for the suspension breaking trip back (they should give out discount vouchers for osteopaths).

Ok if you happen to be in the vicinity but don't go out of your way (on these roads).
Written March 28, 2020
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stanley y
Long Stratton, UK114 contributions
Feb 2020
We took a taxi ride from our hotel.Entrance fee was 7 US dollars we had a quick look around the buildings and sights because we wanted to look around Falmouth Harbour ,we shouldn't have bothered ,unless you are a member of a yacht club ,you cannot get a decent view of the harbour.
However getting back to Nelsons Dockyard you certainly can get some good views here of the buildings and the beautiful yachts moored in the harbour.There is a pub and a hotel on the site .
We regret not staying longer because there are many interesting things to see in the museum including much about the earlier settlers.
Written February 12, 2020
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Sammysue
Ft. Myers FL419 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
No need to go to Nelson’s Dockyard. We went for the view but it’s not worth the $16 we paid. You can get the same view for free all over Antigua. Not only that, the parking attendant was downright hateful. We pulled up and asked how much to park and she actually snarled at us! She charged us $16 and our friend who is a citizen of Antigua was not charged which was great. They have a little diorama with a 15 minute video so after taking some pictures we went in to watch the show and our friend was not allowed in because he didn’t have a ticket?? This place needs an attitude adjustment. No smiles, no welcome just people being unfriendly. Don’t go there!! Whoever is in charge of this place needs to fire the current personnel and hire some friendly, smiling people!!
Written March 2, 2020
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Joanna S
Meltham, UK161 contributions
Sep 2022
There are a lot of interesting facts displayed on signage in and around the buildings if you choose to visit on your own without a guide. The ticket gives you access to Shirley heights as well and is $15 each. Clean and quite quiet in September. The buildings are actually used for more modern things now other than the museum.
Written October 10, 2022
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