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Clarence House

Take a guided tour of this 18th-century colonial house to learn about its former residents, who range from kings to naval commanders.

Clarence House is an elegant colonial-era landmark set on a hilltop above the eastern banks of English Harbour. Visit the house to see rooms decorated with well-preserved period furniture and enjoy views over Nelson’s Dockyard. Clarence House was once a home and favored vacation spot of British royalty and naval captains. Today it serves as the residence of the governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda in addition to being a venue for private events.

First built in 1783, the house underwent major refurbishments in 1803. Hurricanes inflicted severe damage to the building in the 1990s and further restorations were carried out in 2016. Look for the aspects of Georgian and Palladian architecture, with stone steps leading to a loggia-style balcony. Among the house’s esteemed past guests are members of the British royal family, such as King William IV, Princess Margaret and Prince Harry.

When the governor-general is not home, join a guided tour of the house. You’ll get the chance to visit the living quarters, hear stories about past guests and learn about the building’s evolution. Highlights include the bedroom, complete with a mahogany four-poster bed and an elegant chaise lounge. In another room are a wooden bathtub and an 18th-century chest of drawers, with a built-in chamber pot.

On other days, depending on who is staying at the house, come and appreciate the 200-year-old restored exterior. The views from the garden are exquisite at all times. Look down on the glistening water of Freeman’s Bay, spot luxury yachts moored at the marina and admire the green hills that rise up behind Nelson’s Dockyard.

It’s easy to get to Clarence House by catching a taxi from Nelson’s Dockyard. If you are feeling energetic, walk here in about 40 minutes from the dockyard. Combine your time here with a visit to nearby attractions. Delve into Antiguan history at the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre and marvel at the panoramic views from Shirley Heights.


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    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's Dockyard. Admiral House and Clarence House are also within 10 minutes.

    Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites £157
    Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites

    Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites

    Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is steps away from Admiral House and Nelson's Dockyard. Pigeon's Point Beach is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

      Gunpowder House & Suites £281
      Gunpowder House & Suites

      Gunpowder House & Suites

      Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is steps away from Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's Dockyard. Clarence House and Admiral House are also within 5 minutes.

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        Crawl Bay, English Harbour, Saint Paul
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Nelson's Dockyard. Galleon Beach and Admiral House are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          The Ocean Inn £142
          The Ocean Inn

          The Ocean Inn

          St. Pauls, English Harbour, Antigua
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's Dockyard. Admiral House and Clarence House are also within 15 minutes.

            Casa Helena Overlooking Galleon Beach and Nelson's Dockyard
            Casa Helena Overlooking Galleon Beach and Nelson's Dockyard

            Casa Helena Overlooking Galleon Beach and Nelson's Dockyard

            Slipway road, English Harbour, Saint Paul
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the waterfront, this historic holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Galleon Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Nelson's Dockyard. Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Carpenter's Rock Trailhead are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn £156
              The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn

              The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn

              Nelsons Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this historic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Nelson's Dockyard. Galleon Beach and Carpenter's Rock Trailhead are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Brand NEW 5 Bed Villa Including Apartment, 2 Mins Walk to English Harbour Town
                Brand NEW 5 Bed Villa Including Apartment, 2 Mins Walk to English Harbour Town

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                English Harbour, Saint Paul
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in English Harbour, this historic villa is within a 15-minute walk of Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's Dockyard. Admiral House and Clarence House are also within 10 minutes.