Nelson's Dockyard
Nelson's Dockyard
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  • Stephen M
    London, United Kingdom138 contributions
    Amazing history
    It's not going to be for everyone, but there is a little something for everyone...The history and the overall preservation of the building is awesome. Just thinking about the comings and goings of the last 250 years is just mind blowing. Then there's the gorgeous collection of superyachts just lined up being made ready, beautiful crafts of differing styles and sizes and types. Then there's the eateries, a couple of nice little places to grab a drink or a bite. Lastly, there's the tacky souvenirs that you can pick up by the entrance, harmless but not for me. Had three hours there as part of a tour and could easily have stayed for another three hours
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Van.cher.19
    Chester, United Kingdom96 contributions
    Historical location to visit
    Great place to see some amazing boats in the dock and learn a bit of history about Antigua. There are a couple of places to eat, with varying prices, including a very old bakery. There are lots of touristy souvenirs as well, one of the only places on this side of the island to buy souviners like this, although very expensive. Could spend a few hours here but not much more. Quite expensive as you have to pay national park entrance ($15). This gives access to the dockyard and Shirley heights, so would recommend trying to do these on the same day to save money.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Susan C
    London, United Kingdom337 contributions
    Historic waypoint
    History meets opulence. The Dockyard is beautifully kept and a quick guide orientates us. The Dockyard Museum, Officers’ Quarters, stores, capstans, a red phone box. All bright and shiny. Walk around the harbour and admire the beautiful sailing boats with 21 Century technology. A good mix. The Dockyard does deserve a more detailed tour to guide you through the experience. Nelson was posted here for a few years and his story deserves to be brought to life, a little more.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 March 2023
  • TEllieG
    Witham, United Kingdom145 contributions
    Worth a day trip
    A great historical site which should be visited. Have a day trip and then go up to Shirley heights for the view. We have this a four only because we thought that more could be made of the experience and it was deserted so it’s obviously not advertised as a must see tourist attraction for an insight into Antiguan history away from the beaches.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Catherine B
    London, United Kingdom96 contributions
    Nelson’s Dockyard
    Since this excursion was fully booked on our cruise ship, we made our own travel arrangements, you can take the number 17 local bus for $1.50 each and it stops you right outside, the journey from the port takes approximately 30/40 minutes . Nelsons Dockyard, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Horatio Nelson lived here in the 1780’s, there’s a museum, old bakery, shops and restaurants. It’s a very pretty, well kept site and definitely worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Catherine D
    United States49 contributions
    Really enjoyed the history here.
    Large group of us met there to walk around. We used a tour guide offered by the park service and She was great. She shared about many of the buildings and when they were built. We walked up the road to the fort and checkered out those buildings. Not an easy walk so some of our group didn’t do that part.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • JulesbSouthLondon
    Coulsdon, United Kingdom236 contributions
    Interesting historical place to visit
    Great place to learn a bit about the history of Antigua and also to see some amazing boats in the dockyard. There is also a museum inside. There are a couple of restaurants but they were very overpriced. There are lots of expensive touristy souvenirs as well. I would recommend 1-2 hours to see the dockyard. We paid $US15 each to enter which included a short 15 minute tour with a guide. The entrance fee includes a trip to Shirley Heights if you visit on the same day and also to the Interpretation Centre near Shirley Heights.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Amanda W
    1,111 contributions
    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 25 July 2023
  • Don3000m
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom18 contributions
    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 22 August 2023
  • Alex M
    Midhurst, United Kingdom17 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
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snorkler09
Venice, FL360 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
While we enjoyed the dockyard it was a little small of an attraction. The onsite old bakery was fantastic and prices reasonable. If visiting the area, a trip to Shirly heights makes it worthwhile
Written 22 February 2024
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited Nelson's Dockyard on a cruise ship excursion. The excursion fee included any entrance fees to the Dockyard and the Museum. These fees might be a deterrent for those visiting OYO as there isn't really much for a tourist to "visit" beyond the Museum.

The Dockyard is a pleasant place for a short walk around looking at the old brick buildings and to have a refreshing drink by the harbor looking at the different yachts. Probably the site would be more interesting during some event involving sailing or water sports. The Bakery, at the back of the Museum, in the afternoon did have hand held pastries for sale and breads priced in EC$.

We stayed about 45 minutes which was just enough time to look around the museum, have a drink, and look at the yachts.
Written 20 February 2024
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L0la88
Philadelphia, PA90 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
We drove to Nelson’s Dockyard and did a tour of the dockyard. It was really interesting to learn the history of this world heritage sight. We explored a bit on our own afterwards. There are a few shops and some lovely places to get lunch or a drink. Several large sailboats and yachts were docked and we did get to walk around and look at those. It was worth the trip!
Written 14 February 2024
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Gill A
Twickenham, UK179 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
We did Rum in the Ruins tour and the Clarence House tour both were excellent . Knowledgeable staff and good fun especially Rum in the Ruins . Well worth the money .
Written 8 February 2024
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gibson737
Ottawa, Canada373 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 29 January 2024
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Spendtimetogether1
12 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 16 January 2024
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lithlith
Michigan885 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 13 January 2024
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,717 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 21 December 2023
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Travel L
14 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Old Shipyards, which have been included in the list of World Heritage of Humanity.
Some buildings have been converted into small museums, others are bars, restaurants and hotels. Although the place is interesting on a historical level, the adaptation to an almost purely commercial site makes it less attractive.
Written 20 December 2023
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Hale F
Oxford, MS431 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
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.
Written 30 November 2023
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