Easy Antigua Panoramic Drive

3.25 hours | Antigua | A N U - 1 2 0
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Points of Interest

  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights
Wheelchair Accessible, Easy activity

Description

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

What you will visit:
Nelson's Dockyard National Park
Nelson's Dockyard is the only Georgian naval dockyard 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 300 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.

Dow's Hill Interpretation Center
Originally an 18th-century residence for the general officer commanding 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 who have influenced Antigua's development. Step outside and explore the ruins of what was originally a fort constructed by the British government.

What you will see along the way:
Depart from St. John's where the capital city's history is displayed in the 19th-century pastel-colored Georgian, Victorian and Caribbean buildings. Your tour travels through Antigua's countryside for a glimpse of daily West Indian life, past the magnificent view of Falmouth Harbor through to English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard. On your return, travel along Fig Tree Drive, past Antigua's lush rainforest area along the south coast, up Antigua's west coast passing its glorious beaches back north through Antiguan villages to St. John's.

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.

Snack:
A complimentary rum or fruit punch refreshes during your day.

Shopping:
A little free time is allotted to hunt for souvenirs at the dockyard's art gallery, gift shop, and boutiques.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Walk to buses

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
00:15
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Transfer to Nelson's Dockyard

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
00:35
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Time at Nelson's Dockyard

Time at site:
01:00

Transfer from Nelson's Dockyard to Blockhouse Ruins

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
00:10
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Time at the Blockhouse Ruins

Time at site:
00:15
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Transfer from ruins to Shirley Heights

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
00:10
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Time at Shirley Heights

Time at site:
00:15
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Transfer from Shirley Heights to the ship

Transport type:
Mini Bus
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
00:35
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes