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“Very Relaxing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Naval Dockyard

Royal Naval Dockyard
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Bermuda Dockyard Segway Tour
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Owner description: Built in the early 1800s, this dockyard is now the largest museum in Bermuda and features exhibits on the island's maritime history.
Ottawa, ON
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“Very Relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

We recently spent a week in Sandy's Parish and got up to the dockyards on two occasions. A great place to sightsee, shop and eat. We highly recommend the Bermuda Rum Cakes (chocolate) and the Orange Tea Biscuits. AMAZING!
We ate lunch at the Frog and Onion pub - excellent atmosphere in or out, good food, and cold, micro-brewed beer.
The area is quiet and peaceful, and a group can easily split up to enjoy different things. In the summer, a train stops/drops-off around the dockyards for ease. In march, this was not running yet.
It is a beautiful scooter ride to/from the dockyards. Their are also scooter rentals available right at the dockyards (Oleander cycle I think), so if you are coming by ferry from another part of Bermuda, rent a scooter for half a day and explore these parishes. Really beautiful, natural, and unlike other parts of Bermuda.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a visit but try to miss the cruise ships”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Worth a visit but try to miss the cruise ships
It’s always good to see historical locations kept alive by alternative usage and the Royal Naval Dockyard is quite a good example. Formerly Britain’s largest naval base outside the United Kingdom, it now houses a collection of shops , restaurants, attractions and the islands only beer brewery in the shape of the Dockyard Brewing Company in the Frog & Onion Pub. It is also the location where the Cruise ships now dock. As there were none in on the off season we virtually had the run of the Dockyard to ourselves. But I can guess it would be a very different story when there is a couple of them in.
We got to the Dockyard by taking the ferry from Hamilton, but it’s just as easy on the no 7 or 8 bus from Hamilton.
Fortunately for the fellers the shopping is not very inspiring and shouldn’t keep the wives and girlfriends occupied for too long, with the Clock Tower Mall housing a collection of small shop outlets and I’ve seen bigger as add ons to UK garden centres.
However the craft market housed in the same building as the Frog & Onion pub is certainly well worth a look with a very good collection of local art and locally made products by Bermudan residents.
And from here it is a short walk to the National Museum of Bermuda, which for me was the highlight of what’s available at the Dockyard. Well, after the locally brewed beers in the Frog & Onion of course..

Visited February 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Lots to see and do and eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Built to project Royal Naval power over the Atlantic, the dockyard is now home to a lovely array of museums, historical buildings, shops, dining and attractions such as dolphins. The main museum in the old commanders house is amazing, as are the views. The Frog & Onion Pub serves great fish & chips in a cavernous naval atmosphere. The art shops and workshops offer lots of local artisan works. The ferry to downtown Hamilton stops inside the dockyard. Cruise ships usually dock here as well. There is bus service to the entire island every 30 minutes. This is probably Bermuda's prime attraction site.

Visited February 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Very clean and tidy, but poor shopping”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

This really is a disappointing place to go shopping -- but you should remember that's not why you're in Bermuda.

So, go here for the Frog & Onion pub (reasonable cost compared to other options, and delicious Fish Chowder).

Also stop by the Bermuda Rum Cake factory. I bought the "loquat" flavored one and it's the best rum cake I've ever had.

Visited March 2013
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Philadelphia,PA
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“Good for a few hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

The Dockyards are always good for a stroll around. There are plenty of souvenir shops as well as local artisans. Probably my favorite thing to buy here is the local beekeepers' honey. mmmmm

At times it can be crowded due to the cruise ships docking here, but really it's not a problem. In fact I kind of like taking a few minutes to watch the people on the ships (it's kind of like watching a giant antfarm).

Anyways, definitely take the ferry (or bus if you want the long route) out for a gander.

Visited August 2012
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