Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Beach

4.5 hours | Antigua | A N U - 1 1 5
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Points of Interest

  • Nelson's Dockyard
  • Shirley Heights
  • Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
  • Beaches
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 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.

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.

Turner's Beach
There are 365 beaches in Antigua, and Turner's Beach is one of the best! Relax on the beautiful sugar sand in this true tropical paradise. The warm Caribbean Sea invites swimmers and snorkelers and the shoreline is the perfect place for a stroll in the golden sun.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Shirley Heights Lookout
Take in picture-perfect vistas 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:

Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel and adequate sun protection.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Medical Restriction:

Not for guests with mobility problems

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a visit to the Blockhouse Ruins

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:45
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
4
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Drive to Dow's Hill Historical Centre

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:40
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
8
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes

Visit to Shirley Heights

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
10
Steps:
6
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Time at Dow's Hill

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:30
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Drive to Shirley Heights Lookout

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:05
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Time at Shirley Heights

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:15

Drive to Nelson's Dockyard

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:10

Time at Nelson's Dockyard

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:45

Drive to Turner's Beach

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:45

Time at Turner's Beach

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:45

Drive back to pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:35