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Nelson's Dockyard

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 At the waterfront, naval ships have been replaced by opulent yachts and lavish sailboats.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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The Moxy £92
The Moxy

The Moxy

Dockyard Drive, English Harbour, Saint Paul
     
    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 £156
    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 £280
      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.

        Villa Gem, Beachfront Property
        Villa Gem, Beachfront Property

        Villa Gem, Beachfront Property

        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

              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).

              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

                  Located in English Harbour, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Nelson's Dockyard. Galleon Beach and Carpenter's Rock Trailhead are also within 5 minutes.