Nelson's Dockyard
Nelson's Dockyard
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  • Amanda W
    1,136 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 July 25, 2023
  • Don3000m
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom15 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 August 22, 2023
  • Alex M
    Midhurst, United Kingdom19 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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Rachel L
    14 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Susan K
    Waukesha, Wisconsin91 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Hale F
    Oxford, Mississippi455 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
    Traveled with family
    Written November 30, 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,763 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 21, 2023
  • lithlith
    878 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Spendtimetogether1
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local bus to Nelson's Dockyard
    Arrived by cruise ship. Three ships in total, with hundreds of people pouring into the dock area to join trips. We decided to walk to local bus station instead. Less than 10 minutes walk and close to fish and vegetable market and everyday shops.Far fewer tourists venture this way. Asked for English Harbour. Easy. Bus waits until full, then off it goes. Passengers call out "bus stop" when they want to get off! However, English Harbour is very obvious, and the driver told us anyway. It took about 35 minutes and cost $3 for two people. When we finished at Nelson's Dockyard, we just waited until the bus turned up. Think they're fairly frequent. We travelled with mixture of adults and schoolchildren on our return journey. You see so much more and experience an authentic bus ride.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2024
  • gibson737
    Ottawa, Canada455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical
    This is a must see when visiting Antigua. Beautifully maintained 200 year old military base, situated on the picturesque English Bay. A short guided tour provided a real sense of life here at that time.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 29, 2024
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Roy S
Romford, UK415 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sammysue
Mason, OH440 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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PNEPete
Leyland, UK1,949 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Visited for the second time while on a trip, had a guide for about 10 minutes who gave us a brief history of the dockyard, took us to a bar for free rum punch or fruit juice, and then we were left to our own means,
Had a walk round some nice views for camera enthusiasts and some retail shops and refreshment bars etc, also the museum.
stayed for about an hour, long enough.
Be sure to take a hat and water and sunscreen, as it can be very hot standing listening to the guide.
Written January 5, 2020
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Francine23
Truro, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If you only have a short time in Antigua - this is the one place to visit. We caught the No. 17 bus from St. Johns, $1.50 each. Buses every 15 mins and takes about 30 minutes. We sat up front with the driver, who was brilliant and gave us a running commentary about every building we were passing and pointed out all the landmarks. Not so lucky with driver on return. Reach Nelsons Dockyard and you step back in time. Well preserved with loads of history. Many photo oportunities. Well worth a visit.
Written January 14, 2020
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DanisaSurrey
Surrey70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went on a visit organised by cruise line which was very good, our driver Edgar was excellent and full of information. English harbour was very scenic, lots of lovely boats in there. The dockyard itself was well maintained, had lots of lovely buildings and the museum was full of interesting artefacts and information. The hotel insid had free wifi, we had a drink included with our tour plus we had a coffee looking out over the harbour delivered by helpful and pleasant waitresses. Would recommend
Written March 6, 2020
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FarFlungStarling
Qualicum Beach, Canada974 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is part of Nelson's Dockyard National Park, which also contains Clarence House and Shirley Heights, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings are gorgeous, beautifully restored and with its fabulous landscaping the complex is the ultimate tourist trap. The restored buildings now house bakeries, bars, restaurants, Marina businesses, souvenir shops and a hotel. The harbor is a place for the ultra rich to dock their yachts and to see and be seen. The best building is the museum which has some wonderful artifacts that tell the story of life back in the day. If you can flag down a guide and have them give you the overview of what all the buildings and naval apparatus was used for - it all makes so much more sense, but it seems the crowds just want to eat and drink and shop...
Written March 5, 2020
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SuzieS57
Glasgow, UK546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Wonderful World Heritage site. We went on an organised tour, which included a scenic drive across the island with a knowledgeable guide, passing through various towns and villages and hearing some of the history of Antigua.

Once we arrived at Nelsons Dockyard we had a short organised tour, a rum punch at the bar, and then around an hour to explore independently. The site has been nicely restored and a lot of the buildings are now shops and restaurants. There is a small but interesting museum and a hall with stalls selling local crafts.

We also enjoyed looking at the super expensive millionaire yachts in the harbour.

Lots of photo opportunities - would happily have stayed longer.
Written January 21, 2020
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henhome
Stamford, UK248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First thing to remember. Your 8 dollar entrance fee allows multiple returns for your whole stay on the island. I went three times so I got my moneys worth. Yes, of course it is a bit commercialised but what is good is that all the old (restored) buildings give you an insight into the historical importance of the place. The British Navy chose a perfect spot, a safe easily defendable harbour - and it's still a working yacht basin today. Good little (free entry) museum.
Written March 3, 2020
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Brian P
New York City, NY530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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D5841TZrobert
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
For many visitors, this will be the number 1 must-see on Antigua.

The Museum was small, fascinating and informative, and well worth spending time browsing and soaking up the information on offer.

As for the rest, it was immaculately kept but other than display signs telling visitors what it used to be, little of the history remains. The whole place seems to have been turned into a retail shopping and boutique accommodation village - which you get charged to enter in the first place. From the time you buy your ticket, you run the gauntlet of traders trying to flog you something.

If watching the rich at play is your thing, and paying fancy prices in fancy cafés and restaurants is your idea of a good time, good luck to you.
Written February 7, 2023
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