Antigua – Nelson Dockyard

UNESCO – Historical site still in operation

Nelson Dockyard is a beautiful national park in a beautiful location, English Harbour, offering by its geographical position a natural shelter during violent storm.

The name is after Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lived there from 1784 through 1787.

What we did see:

  • The Dockyard museum – Former Naval Officer’s House Admiral’s House
  • The Remains pillars of the Boat House & Sail Loft
  • The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel
  • Sawpit shed and cabin
  • Clarence house across the harbour
  • Grounds with cannons, ship anchor,..
  • Other buildings converted into gift shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

This is one of the Antigua’s sites that the Government invests the most.

It is one of the rare attractions on the island that offers a well maintained updated site. However, you kind of wonder around historical buildings here and there. No clear indications of trails or recommended path or map you could access that indicates must see buildings or elements.

Your entrance ticket ($8usd) to this UNESCO world heritage site includes: Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights, Dow’s Hill interpretation center, maybe Clarence House.

The Clarence House is not mentioned too much. I wish I had taken more attention. We saw this place from Nelson Dockyard but did not work our way there.

The historical site Nelson’s is still used today as a working dockyard.  Annual sailing and yachting events occurs at this location but it was very quiet in mid-August.