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“Superbly restored Georgian Dockyard.....”
Review of Nelson's Dockyard

Nelson's Dockyard
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“Superbly restored Georgian Dockyard.....”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Part of the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park (in English Harbour) named after Admiral Horatio Nelson (of course!). He lived here for a few years and this complex was used primarily for the British Navy – also a natural waterway for ‘safe harbour’ during hurricanes.

We drove here in a rental car from St Johns - slowly as the road conditions are somewhat chaotic and a bit bumpy. Parking is free but you need an entry ticket from the National Park Service here at the Yard. Open Mon-Sun 8 am – 6pm, costs USD $8 for visitors and also valid for Dow’s Hill & Shirley Heights (iconic views).

What we saw here was a superb working Georgian Dockyard that is also a yachty haven in the Caribbean.The stonework/ interiors of the buildings have been fully restored and within the grounds are the Museum (in the Admirals house), old storehouses, shops, café, bakery, restaurants, a 5 star hotel/inn and a few beautiful water views. We sat outside a cafe nursing a scrumptious smoothie watching the yacht crews do their thing.

The heat gets intense but you can escape inside their fantastic museum, which has archaeological finds, ship memorabilia and plenty of historical facts. Also here is a cute gift shop with mostly sea faring souvenirs/books, while in the grounds are a pottery shop, spa treatment area, a small local T Shirt/clothing market after the entry point - restrooms are here and even a Post Office.

Allow at least a couple of hours as it's a strategically important area of Antigua’s past/present in the Caribbean.It’s still part of sea faring tradition with some straightforward and multi - million dollar yachts anchored here.You can ask about a tour but we did it on our own with plenty of interpretive signs to read throughout – bring some water, a hat and sunscreen - it gets really hot.

We loved it!

Enjoy your experience!

Visited January 2013
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“Experience not to be missed”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

The sign posting to this important historic dockyard was not the best, but once found, it proved to be a great place to spend a few hours. We arrived the day after the famous Antigua Sailing Week and everyone was getting ready for the after-show party, so plenty of activity and excitement without the crowds wanting just to see the fancy yachts. The sign at the front claimed that you needed to pay an admission charge but nobody seemed to want to collect the money, so even better value.
Walking down the narrow lane just inside the gates evokes 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and you can almost expect some of Nelson's crew to emerge from the doorway. As almost everywhere else on this island the people were incredibly friendly and the food in Hamilton's Restaurant was divine - note they do not serve 'tap water' because the local variety is an acquired taste.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“beautiful place”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

beautiful old harbour with some restaurants. historic buildings ideal for a movie set. walking distance to english harbour

Visited July 2012
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Gaylord
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“Nice getaway”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

It was charming! Viewed from the Sea! Was nice to getaway from the resort we stayed at for a day trip to catch a bit of the locals and their town.

Visited May 2013
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“Very evocative of yesteryear on Antigua”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

When she was bustling with British sailors, this was the place apparently. Ye old English taverns & Inns + other buildings really let you see what once was here long ago.

Visited May 2013
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