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Nelson's Dockyard National Park Tours

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Nelson's Dockyard National Park
One of the best historical sites Antigua has to offer, Nelson's Dockyard National Park has been at the center of Antigua's activity since the first settlers arrived there in 500 BC. Today, however, the centerpiece of the park is the actual dockyard itself, originally developed as a base for the British Navy in 1725. It is the only Georgian dockyard that still exists in the world. Named for Horatio Nelson, famed commander of the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, the dockyard is home to old navy ships and numerous historical artifacts.

Be sure to visit the Dockyard Museum, which offers a full history of the English Harbour and the people who toiled there throughout the years. No visit is complete without also checking out the park's many restored colonial-era buildings, which served the sailors and officers who occupied the harbour during 18th and 19th centuries. Some of the buildings have been preserved to reflect their original historic purpose, while others now contain shops and restaurants.

Located in English Harbour, Nelson's Dockyard National Park is on the southern tip of Antigua and is about a 30-minute drive from the airport.

Address: Antigua and Barbuda
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Shirley heights lookout Thursday or Sunday social

From 4pm until 10pm every Sunday, party until the sun goes down on another week with drink, a barbecue, local bands playing a mixture of Caribbean flavored music and international hits from over the decades whilst overlooking one of the most stunning views in the world. Both a favorite with the locals and tourists, this is the perfect crowd to meet new people and make friends for life. Trust us it will be a night you will never forget.If crowds are not your cup of tea , Thursday afternoon Lyme is also just as good with reggae acts.
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Round Island Tour

Tour the island of Antigua from one end to the other on this 3.5-hour exploration of all the area’s major landmarks. Join your guide as you check out major Antigua historical sites including English Harbor, Blockhouse Ruins, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, Shirley Heights and the location for most the island’s yachting and sailing competitions. This overview of Antigua’s top attractions also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise ship, plus all entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Adventure Antigua - The Extreme Circumnavigation

The Xtreme Circumnav is a full day powerboat tour that goes right around Antigua - make sure you count our 365 beaches! After passing the North Sound area, the first stop is Stingray City Marine Park where you will spend 45m-1hr in the water with these incredible rays & other marine life. We continue to Green Island, for lunch on the beach. There, guests can have a wonder around the island or a relaxing swim on the beach. We then head south to the historic Nelson's Dockyard (we don’t get off the boat) where the Captain points out ALL the colonial structures & gives a short talk. The 2nd snorkeling session is at the Pillars of Hercules, a FANTASTIC spot where the limestone boulders enter the water at the mouth of Nelson’s Dockyard, base of the Shirley Heights cliff - where you can see a colonial anchor. The last stop is at the magnificent Rendezvous Bay, a secluded beach on the south side of the island, where you can swim, snorkel or beach comb & enjoy our homemade delicious rum punch
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Antigua Shore Excursion: Round Island Tour

Get the perfect introduction to the history and scenic beauty of Antigua during this 3.5-hour tour of its top attractions. During your visit you’ll stop by Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a colonial-era naval base and renowned yachting location, taking some time to browse the area’s unique shops and art galleries, then stop by the picturesque Blockhouse Ruins and finish your day with panoramic views from Shirley Heights. Your Antigua visit also includes round-trip transportation from the port and all entrance fees.
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Xtreme Circumnavigation

Take a break from the beach on a full day boat cruise around the entire island of Antigua. Going with a guide ensures you learn more about the island than you could from a guidebook and visit the best locations for snorkeling with stingrays and wildlife. The day’s itinerary includes lunch on Green Island, swimming at the limestone Pillars of Hercules, and a spin past a colonial shipyard.
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Shelly Jay Jeep

Explore Antigua without the hassle of planning on a full day tour with round-trip transport from a central meeting location and local lunch included. Going with a guide ensures you visit landmarks often missed by Antigua visitors, including a panoramic vista and secluded beach. The day’s itinerary also includes a stop at an historic plantation, where you learn about the island’s somber legacy of slavery.
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Island Safari Historical Tour

Make the most of your time on St. John’s with a 7-hour sightseeing safari. Combining history, nature, cuisine, and relaxation, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the excursion. All-inclusive transportation by comfortable SUV enables you to see the island’s many attractions, including Betty's Hope and Nelson Dockyard, in just one day. Get up close to gentle animals at the Donkey Sanctuary and have free time and lunch at the beach.
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North Coast Tour

Small groups for a personal serviceTours led by local guideFully narrated toursInformative, friendly and professional guide
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South Coast Tour

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Island Safari Adventure

Combine local culture with sun, sand, and sea on this 5-hour tour from St. John's. Get some of the best views of the Caribbean coastline and travel along Antigua's many off-road trails to the island's inland villages to see typical island life. Lunch and round-trip transportation from St. John's are included.
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Circumnavigate Tour

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