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Walk in the footsteps of Admiral Lord Nelson and visit the cafés, galleries and museum located inside the restored Georgian houses of this boatyard.

Nelson’s Dockyard is a marina that is almost 300 years old and is the world’s oldest operating Georgian boatyard. It forms part of the UNESCO-protected Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, which shelters antique houses, forts, lookouts and museums. Established in the 18th century, Nelson’s Dockyard was the home of the celebrated naval leader Horatio Nelson from 1784 to 1787. Enjoy the ambiance of the marina, which evokes images of Antigua’s colonial years and British maritime heritage.

Many of the dockyard’s buildings are 1950s restorations of the original residences and warehouses. Where once dockers worked tirelessly to repair ships, today visit the art galleries, cafés, hotels, a museum and souvenir shops that have moved into the spaces and welcome curious visitors. At the waterfront, naval ships have been replaced by opulent yachts and lavish sailboats.

Spend an hour at the Admiral’s House Museum (also known as the Dockyard Museum), located in the Naval Clerk’s House and former residence of Admiral Nelson. Find artifacts that retell stories of the marina and Antigua’s colorful seafaring past. Look for cannons, model ships, navigational tools and Nelson’s personal telescope. The former storehouse for copper and lumber is now a British-style pub and boutique hotel, with rooms named after Nelson’s Ships.

Visit the other attractions of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. A 10-minute stroll to the south is Fort Berkeley. The defensive walls present outstanding views of Freeman’s Bay and the limestone columns called the Pillars of Hercules. A side trail leads from the fort to Pigeon’s Point Beach on Falmouth Harbour.

Travel by foot or taxi to Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre. Watch a video and study exhibits that showcase Antiguan history since the Amerindian period. Nearby is Clarence House, a former home of British royalty and naval commanders. Walk the Lookout Trail from Galleon Beach to Shirley Heights and enjoy some of the best panoramas of English Harbour and Antigua’s southern coastline.

Enjoy a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard, the beating heart of the port town of English Harbour. It is close to the majority of the town’s hotels and restaurants.

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Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites
Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites
3.5 out of 5
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The price is £181 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in English Harbour. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
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Reviewed on 28 Mar 2022

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Stay at this 3-star historic hotel in English Harbour. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (112 reviews)
Beautiful character property in a great location
"The building is a beautifully maintained heritage building with tasteful, roomy and comfortable rooms. Beautiful views. The staff could not have been more welcoming. restaurants, cafe's and the marina are walking distance away."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2022

The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn
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The price is £329 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
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4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Amazing unique property definitely will return"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

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