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Nelson's Dockyard

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Address: St. John's, English Harbour, Antigua
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A very interesting historic site

We visited Nelson's Dockyard as part of a Shirley Heights tour of English Harbour booked through Cruising Excursions.com We had a conducted tour with a knowledgeable local guide... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 November 2016
Dr Malcolm B

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We visited Nelson's Dockyard as part of a Shirley Heights tour of English Harbour booked through Cruising Excursions.com We had a conducted tour with a knowledgeable local guide followed by free time to explore the rest of the site at our leisure. Try the apple or pineapple turnovers from the small bakery at the rear of the museum - delicious... More 

Thank Dr Malcolm B
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We visited out of peak season and the place didn't fill with excitement or wonder, it was very basic with not a great deal to see. Wouldn't visit a second time

Thank Janey_13_1965
Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

A must to visit but a bit touristy heavy for my liking. If you don't mind the crowds then this is somewhere you absolutely have to go just for the history of it all!

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Great place to wander and explore history of Antigua's early heritage. Plenty of places to stop and eat if you're looking for a lunch spot. Not expensive. Ticket here also gets you into Shirley Heights and a few other places worth visiting. Views from atop the point at Shirley Heights are breathtaking. Don't miss these spots when visiting the island.... More 

1 Thank Gina B
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

While we saw many interesting buildings, stalls, and dining spots the day we were there it was over run with bus loads of cruise ship passengers. I don't know how this could have been avoided so I suspect a visit should be planned for later in the afternoon after the bus loads return to their ships.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is worth a visit and is very interesting - our guide took us round and gave us the history and answered our questions.

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Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We took the local bus #17 from the West Bus terminal in St. John's - cheap ride if you don't mind waiting until the bus is full. $3.50 ECD one way, drops you off right at the entrance to the Dockyards. Great old buildings that have been refurbished and most are used for present day purposes (restaurants, sail repair shop,... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Named after Horatio Nelson, this is the last Georgian Dockyard still in use today. A very interesting place with a museum, and art gallery. Tried rum punch which was good

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

fascinating place with various restored buildings and museum which is basic but thorough on the harbour's history. A couple of bars and hotels, but not much else there. set aside a coupe of hours max to cover it all; a telling point was a guide who we overheard to say to a tour group before they set off .... "you'll... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

You simply MUST see Nelsons Dockyard when on Antigua! History & beauty all wrapped up in one! It's just like looking at a postcard picture.

Thank Time2Tan77

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