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Nelson's Dockyard

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Address: St. John's, English Harbour, Antigua
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Escape the sun

We fancied a bit of time out of the Sun and this is a great place There's plenty to see ... old buildings , dockyard , harbour and museum There's plenty of places to eat and... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2017
Andy M
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73 reviews
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We fancied a bit of time out of the Sun and this is a great place There's plenty to see ... old buildings , dockyard , harbour and museum There's plenty of places to eat and drink It a great place to learn a bit of Antiguan history

Thank Andy M
Niagara on the Lake
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

The last remaining English Harbour of its day in the Caribbean. Worth seeing for its part in defending the Caribbean Islands as part of a series of defence forts. Well situated for sighting your enemy and defending the territory. Some areas restored and some ruins of other buildings.

Thank GMCNiagara
Cleveland Heights
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263 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This is a great place to visit. The yachts are always fun to view and the old historical buildings and exhibits and quite interesting.

Thank 10sJohn
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

You can certainly spend a few leisurely hours wandering around the area – especially if you add breakfast, brunch or lunch into the day. Yes, there is an element of commercialisation to the place – but something has to pay for the restoration and preservation of the buildings. Most of the buildings have been converted to tourism usage (shops, restuarants... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Depending on where you are staying it is a pleasant experience to visit Nelsons Dockyard, there is a museum detailing the British arrival in Antigua and the history of the place thereafter . The original buildings have been refurbished and there is a sense of time gone past. The roads in Antigua are poor and it is fairly remote but... More 

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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Visited this about 10'years ago, they have really improved it since that time. The small museum is well worth a visit and the shops are well presented. Some wonderful boats were in harbour. The history is fascinating and we had a great lobster meal.

Thank 25lilith
Noblesville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We visited here for about 3 hours taking ourselves on a self tour with the little pamphlet provided. Very interesting history that is well preserved. The museum is worth a look as are all the still functioning 18th century buildings. The boats (ships?) here and in Falmouth are just so beautiful. We ate lunch outdoors at Copper and Lumber which... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This place is truely amazing, we loved our visit here. Visiting Antigua was our first holiday together, we are so glad we made our visit to Nelsons Dockyard.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Nice refurbished to include shops and restaurants in old brick buildings where the brick was ballast in sailing vessels. It is also the welcome area for the transatlantic rowers with a couple of their boats. A well spent couple of hours excluding any lunch hour break.

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Bristol, England
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Easy to spend a couple of hours wandering around this historic and atmospheric site especially dropping off for a beer or some lunch for a "sit down". Lord Nelson and the sailors posted there hated the place!

Thank N17SHO

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