Best of Antigua: Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Dow's Hill

3.5 hours | Antigua | A N U - 1 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights
  • Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Dow's Hill Interpretation Center
Originally an 18th-century residence for the General Officer Commanding of the British Navy, this modern cultural center retains its sense of history and utilized the original stonework during its restoration. The star attraction is a state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition that moves through a timeline of the island and introduces prominent figures from both the past and present that have influenced Antigua's development. Step outside and explore the ruins of what was originally a fort constructed by the British government.

Nelson's Dockyard National Park
Nelson's Dockyard is the only Georgian naval dock in the world and a unique Antiguan landmark. Although this is the Caribbean's premier example of a British naval yard, it was actually constructed by Antiguans. Nestled in the cone of a dormant volcano, the dockyard has been well protected for over 500 years from the hurricanes that frequent the area. Built in 1725, the dockyard served as the base for the English naval squadron patrolling the West Indies.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Shirley Heights Lookout
Take in picture-perfect views of Nelson's Dockyard National Park and the English Harbor from this lookout once used as a signal station to warn those in the dockyard of approaching ships. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Montserrat and Guadeloupe.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE ALONG THE WAY
Antigua (an-tee-gah) was named by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the new world. In this primarily rural environment, don't be surprised if you see a donkey roaming the streets as you pass quaint villages, the ruins of the area's famed windmills, old churches, and the brightly colored chattel houses, which epitomize the area's West Indian culture. Of course the beaches are spectacular and Antiguans like to boast that they have 365 glorious beaches, one for every day of the year.

Special Notes:

Tour sequence may vary. Minimum age to participate is 4 years old.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Medical Restriction:

Guests must be physically capable.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship on a narrated scenic tour and visit the Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:40
Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
500
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Visit the Blockhouse Ruins

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:10
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Visit Shirley's Heights

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
20
Steps:
2
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes

Guided tour and refreshments at Nelson's Dockyard

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:45
Free time at site:
35
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
2
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your transportation and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:40