St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
- The Blockhouse: Perched on a sheer cliff's edge nearly 500 feet above the ocean, this fortified lookout provides unmatched views of Indian Creek and the Atlantic.
- Shirley Heights: Named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Antigua's southernmost fortification looks out over English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard.
- Nelson's Dockyard: Once home to the British Royal Navy, this restored Georgian-era shipyard includes the Admiral's Inn, a museum, art gallery, and more.
- Minimum of 5 participants to operate.
About this St. John's tour
Construction on Nelson's Dockyard began in 1725. Its strategic location helped the Royal Navy maintain its ships and take control of the sugar islands in the eastern Caribbean, increasing Britain's wealth and limiting their rivals' trade.
Seeking to protect its valuable Antigua colony, in 1784 Britain dispatched Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson to straighten island defenses. Serving three years, and becoming the Leeward Islands' commander-in-chief, Nelson oversaw British interests by enforcing the Navigation Act and putting an end to any other countries' under-the-table trading, America included.
Nelson's Dockyard finally closed in 1889; restoration began in 1930 and lasted until 1981. Now it's the only 18th-century shipyard in the world still in operation. You might see an old sailing ship in drydock, being repaired using centuries-old techniques.
Graffiti by George
In 1884, when then-Prince George of Wales was a midshipman aboard HMS Canada, he made a stop in the Nelson Dockyard, where he painted an inscription reading, "A Merry Xmas 2 you all." Later, his Majesty King George V admitted only to being part of a "graffiti party." In the 1930s, the dockyard caretaker charged tourists six pence to see the king's work; a hurricane in the 1950s washed it away.
Please proceed to the Exotica Antigua Boutique, Redcliffe Quay, St John's where you'll meet our GoBe Rep.
You can use US Dollars & East Caribbean dollars.
A minimum of 5 participants required in order for this tour to operate.
Walking is at travelers' discretion but should be able to walk approximately 1 mile over varying terrain with some steps and inclines. Travelers must be able to enter/exit the vehicle without assistance.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Drink selection of water, sodas, fruit juice, rum punch
English, French, German, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 4 years of age or older to participate in this tour. Child must be able to sit in an infant car seat. Available upon advance request only.
Suitable for travelers weighing less than 400 lbs.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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