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Nelson's Dockyard

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An April 2013 trip to Antigua by Jodeci527

Nelsons Dockyard Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda More Photos
Quote: A detailed review of the world's only functional Georgian Dockyard from the days of the British Royal Navy.

Nelson's Dockyard

Attraction | "Nelson's Dockyard Gift Shop"

Nelson's Dockyard Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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Adjoined to the Dockyard Musuem in Nelson's Dockyard is a small gift shop which contains a surprisingly large number of items for sale, catering for souvenirs or something more useful in everyday life. The room is literally packed with all sorts of momentos, from pirate themed door signs to various wall ornaments.If you're interested in something a bit different from the regular key ring or magnet, I found a decent collection of Caribbean dolls on display in the store. These wooden dolls are wonderfully carved, but their most striking feature is the brightly colourled outfit which is painted on each one.These dolls appear to be dressed in old time local clothing such as flowing...Read More

Nelson's Dockyard
English Harbour
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
(268) 460-7976

Shirley's Heights Look Out

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The columns at the edge of Shirley Heights Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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If you ask anyone who has visited Antigua, the question of where has the best view on the island, the unanimous answer will be Shirley Heights. Perched on a hilltop overlooking Nelson's Dockyard and Falmouth Harbour is one of Antigua's most well known landmarks. The panoramic 360 degree vista is exceptional, and getting there is quite easy, as all of the island tours make a stop at this site which is part of the Nelson's Dockyard.Given that Shirely Heights is located on one of the steeper hills in the country, the journey there is on a long and narrow winding lane, which begins in the village of English Harbour. Don't expect to overtake any vehicles on the way, as there are steep drops in ...Read More

The Dockyard Grounds

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One of the guard houses Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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The grounds of Nelson's Dockyard appears to be an actual museum all by itself. To think that all of the buildings I pass by were standing there for hundreds of years, with only slight restoration attempts made, brings about a sense of awe. It's as if I've been mentally transported to the era which has shaped Antiguan into what it is today.On entering the site, I walked through a narrow entryway, flanked by a large brick and mortar building on one side, and a craggy cliff face on the other. In some parts, the cliff face was covered with overhanging vegetation, brittle and dry from the ongoing drought which was taking its toll on the island. The entrance to the Dockyard is flanke...Read More

Nelson's Dockyard

Attraction | "The Dockyard Museum"

Nelson's Dockyard Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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The Dockyard Museum was established in 1997 to pay special homage to the many sailors and settlers who lived and worked at Nelson's Dockyard during the 19th century. The building which now houses the museum was built in 1855, and restoration efforts have kept it in its appreciable condition today.The wooden building appears rather unassuming from the outside, as it resembles a typical home apart from the wooden sculpture of Admiral Nelson, placed above the doorway. Despite its appearance, on stepping inside, you'll realize that there's quite a considerable amount of glass structures, housing a wide array of nautical remains and other archaelogical finds which were retrieved from the surrou...Read More

Nelson's Dockyard
English Harbour
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
(268) 460-7976

Nelson's Dockyard

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Attraction | "An Overview of Nelson's Dockyard"

Nelson's Dockyard Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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Nelson's Dockyard is possibly the most famous harbour in the Eastern Caribbean, and thousands of sailors, captains and yacht enthusiasts venture there every year, especially during the months of April and May. Hundreds of boats, from classic sailing schooners and personal yachts to the latest luxury seacrafts on the market, make their way there from all various points of the earth, and the Dockyard and nearby harbours are filled to capacity during the annual Sailing Week Regatta.Nelson's Dockyard is presently established as a National Park and received its name after Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was a flag officer of the Royal Navy living in the Dockyard between the years of 1784 and 1787. ...Read More

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Nelson's Dockyard
English Harbour
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
(268) 460-7976