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Nelsons dockyard

Nelsons Dockyard is a cultural heritage site and marina in English Harbour, Antigua. It is part of Nelson's Dockyard National Park, which also contains Clarence House and Shirley Heights. The construction of the modern Naval Dockyard began in the 1740s.

Nelsons Dockyard:

Nelson's Dockyard is home to some of Antigua's sailing and yachting events such as Antigua Sailing Week and the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting, as well as the 2015 and 2016 International Optimist North American Championships. Enslaved laborers from plantations in the vicinity were sent to work on the dockyard. English Harbour quickly became a focal point for the establishment of a naval base in Antigua. Its position on the south side of the island meant it was well positioned to monitor the neighboring French island of Guadeloupe. Additionally, the harbuor is naturally well-suited to protect ships and cargo from hurricanes.

There were no quarters for dockyard staff or visiting sailors. The seamen themselves conducted all work and repairs on the ships. Naval operations in English Harbour soon outgrew the small original dockyard and plans were made to develop the western side of the harbour with more facilities. Dockyard houses modern amenities such as shops, hotels, and marina businesses. Outside the dockyard, historic forts dot the landscape of the park accessible by hiking trails which allow visitors to enjoy the park's scenic and natural beauty.

Opening Hours:

Opening hours of Nelsons Dockyard are from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Sightseeing / Photography:

There is endless opportunity to capture the beauty of the parks. With many glorious boats in the dockyard, the beautiful harbour, the historic sites and the unforgettable views from places such as Shirley Heights. Bring your camera or have regrets that you didn’t.

Nelsons Dockyard Entry Fee:

US $8 for other country visitors, US $3 or EC $8 for locals. This includes entrance to all sites including Dow’s Hill and Shirley Heights

Nelsons Dockyard Traditional Food In Antigua:

If you're on the hunt for traditional Antiguan food, look for names like Fungi (or Fungee), souse, callaloo, and pepperpot stew.  These are some of the most commonly served local dishes. 

Shopping In Nelson’s Dockyard:

Many shops are available inside the Dockyord like gift shops and art galleries and demonstrate how the park preserves the area’s unique cultural heritage while meeting modern needs.

Where To Stay:

The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel offers five-star accommodations and is a magnificent venue for special occasions inside the dockyard. Also here we list hotels near to Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour.

  • Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites
  • The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn
  • Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites
  • Gunpowder House & Suites
  • The Ocean Inn
  • Antigua Yacht Club Marina
  • The Inn at English Harbour
  • Donkey on the Beach
  • Vine Cottages Adults Only


The closest major airport to English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda is V. C. Bird International Airport. This is located in Saint Johns, Antigua and 25km from the center of English Harbour.


Nelsons dockyard

Other international airports near to English Harbour are

1. Vance W. Amory International Airport

2. L. Bradshaw International Airport

3. F.D. Roosevelt Airport

4. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

5. Princess Juliana International Airport

You can reach English Harbour by bus and taxi from these airports.

Others Tour Places:

Today, Nelson’s Dockyard provides many sites and activities for visitors to explore and enjoy. The Dockyard Museum, located in the former Admiral’s House, presents visitors with exhibits regarding the Dockyard’s history and current archaeological research on the island. And also have many sights are The Dow’s Hill, Shirley Heights, Fort Charlotte, Fort George, Fort Berkeley.

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