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A Stroll Through Time at Nelson’s Dockyard

Updated: Nov 28, 2018

No matter where you are in the tropics, family vacations provide countless opportunities to make memories with your loved ones. Out of all the locations in the Caribbean, one spot in Antigua offers an experience you can't find anywhere else in the entire world.

Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua's English Harbour reflects the area's history dating as far back as the 18th century, reported USA Today. The next time you're in Antigua & on your way to one of the 5 star resorts, stop by this fascinating national park, which is the only functioning Georgian shipyard on the planet, according to its official website.

An important piece of the island's history

Nelson's Dockyard was a key piece in the English defense of Antigua during colonial times. It hosted many famous navy commanders throughout history, such as Prince William Henry & Admiral Horatio Nelson, reported Antigua Nice. The dock was named after Nelson, who resided there from 1784 until 1787.

It became a popular port for ships preparing to travel across the Atlantic Ocean. Many skilled ship repairers worked on the docks & building facilities that still remain there today. It was eventually abandoned in the late 19th century & fell into disrepair, but with some repairs and ingenuity, the docks of Nelson's Shipyard have once again filled with people.

Nelson's Shipyard today

Today, the buildings stand repaired & filled with new businesses in what has become a landmark to the island's past. Instead of British warships anchored at port, it's luxurious yachts heralding in the transformation into a prime marina. Restaurants, hotels & shops line the docks.

A museum dedicated to the dockyard hosts some artifacts from it' long past, including Nelson's telescope.

Some of the largest events on the island are held at Nelson's Shipyard, such as Antigua's Sailing Week, & whenever there's a cruise ship tied up to shore, the place is absolutely bustling. If you're planning to stop by & would prefer a calmer setting, make sure to plan around any stops by the massive ships.

Nature trails lead away from the dock & into the woods, so there's  a chance for travelers to see some of the natural wildlife of the island. The paths lead to amazing views of the English Harbor you can enjoy with everyone. Nelson's Shipyard is truly one-of-a-kind, & it certainly warrants a stop on any Antigua trip.

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