Spectacular Antigua

3 Hours
Group Activity
Moderate
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $160 Per Person

Spectacular Antigua

3 Hours
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From (USD) $160 Per Person

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      Spectacular Antigua

      St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
      From (USD) $160 Per Person
      Highlights
      • 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.

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      Tour Participation Requirements
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
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      Wear light clothing Wear light clothing
      Cancellation policy

      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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