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!
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