Nelson's Dockyard

Nelson's Dockyard

The shipyard, named after Admiral Nelson, belongs to the national park, which includes a historic fortress with a nice hiking trail leading to it. Nelson's Dockyard, along with the national park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited landmark in all of Antigua and Barbuda.

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You'll find the resort in the town of English Harbour on the bay of the same name in the south of the island.

British Historic Dockyard

Upon entering Nelson's Dockyard, you'll find yourself in a beautifully restored and landscaped town of buildings dating back to the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. They served as a dockyard and customs house for the British Navy, which had a significant garrison here.

The dockyards are now surrounded by luxury yacht wharves. Some of the buildings can be visited, but only in the parts where souvenir shops, cafes or restaurants have been built.

In one of the buildings you can stay at the Copper and Lumber Store.

Walk to the fortress with a view

At the dockyards, a 0.5km hiking trail begins through a small peninsula to Fort Berkeley, where you'll get an idyllic view of yachts moored in English Harbour and Freeman's Bay.

Entrance fees and opening hours

Nelson's Dockyard is open daily from 9am-5pm.

Admission is 15 usd or 40 xcd and includes any number of entries. Of course, guests staying at the Copper and Lumber Store do not pay admission.

How to get in?

There is a huge free car park directly outside the entrance, which is the end of the road through English Harbour. Line 17 vans also terminate here, running at irregular intervals (5 to 30 minutes) from the main town of St. John's.

Book a car at Antigua Airport

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