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Fort Berkeley

Stand on the walls of this ruined fortress, enjoy sublime views and contemplate the challenges faced by colonists in defending the harbor.

Visit Fort Berkeley and be transported to the time when the British navy and the troops of Horatio Nelson governed Antigua. Wander around the remains of this stronghold’s defensive walls, spot antique cannons and peek inside a gunpowder storehouse. Marvel at the views from Fort Berkeley of the beaches and green hills that beautify the natural landscape of English Harbour.

Construction of this impenetrable fort took place between 1704 and the 1740s. It stands strategically on a peninsula at the entrance to English Harbour. The fort was once one of 20 fortresses that protected the island of Antigua. On your approach, look for a stone quarry which sourced the material for the building. Just before the entryway is the building of the former gunpowder magazine.

Pass the entrance to find a warehouse that was previously used for packing ammunition. Adjacent to this is the one-time house of the fort’s guard. Follow a stone pathway to the walled section and battery at the edge of the peninsula. During the fort’s heyday 29 cannons protected it and warded off pirate attacks. Look for a 24-pound cannon, which faces out over the sea, and an overturned cannon embedded in the rocks.

The views from the defensive walls are sublime. Look across the bay to Galleon Beach and the Pillars of Hercules limestone rock formations. It’s possible to make out the relics of Fort Charlotte amid the greenery above the pillars. Gaze northward to the historic Nelson’s Dockyard, where Horatio Nelson lived during his tenure in Antigua.

The fort is accessible by foot only and is about a 10-minute walk from Nelson’s Dockyard. Continue your discovery of English Harbour by walking the trail that connects the fort with Pigeon’s Point Beach. Bring your swimsuit and take an invigorating dip in the warm, blue-green water.

Fort Berkeley is open daily and admission is free. Visit in late April, when you can watch boats taking part in Antigua Sailing Week.


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    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites

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    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 £280
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      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).

          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

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              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.

                The Inn at English Harbour
                The Inn at English Harbour

                The Inn at English Harbour

                English Harbour, English Harbour, Antigua
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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