Attractions in English Harbour

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Many of the attractions in English Harbour are included as part of the historic Nelson's Dockyard.  From the numerous military and otherwise historic structures, to museums, and even a national park, almost all of your cultural and natural landmarks are covered in one area of town. 


Attractions Map

You will discover a large selection of beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, if some of the people in your group enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on the name of the beach for a detailed guide to that particular location.

If you are hoping to go snorkeling, a beach worth considering is Galleon Beach. This beach is inland on the coast of Deep Bay. The water has a lot of boat traffic and the beach has some boat docks as well.

Another place that beach-goers can consider is Mamora Bay Beach. Mamora Bay Beach is one of two beaches at St. James's Club in Antigua, often used by guests of the resort for watersports in addition to swimming and sun bathing. Kayaking, pedal boating, and use of a catamaran is provided by the resort.

Windward Beach: Secluded, open, and rarely crowded, Windward Beach makes up for it rocky waters with beautiful views and plenty of sand to sun bathe on. With the shimmering ocean on one side and a wall of trees on the other, eco-tourist and all lovers of natural beaches should be pleased with this one.

English Harbour and the surrounding areas offer quite a few other beaches. To read about other beaches available, click here.

Landmark Attractions

Dockyard Museum

A common landmark for vacationers is Dockyard Museum. It can be found at Nelson's Dockyard National Park and located in southern English Harbour. Originally built in 1855, Nelson's Dockyard served as the officer's quarters in the Royal Navy Dockyard. The building was restored and used as the National Parks Office in the 1970s, but by 1997 the rooms were once again restructured and put to use as the Dockyard Museum.

Many travelers also choose to visit Admiral House. It is a part of Nelson's Dockyard National Park and found in southwestern English Harbour. Featuring the history of the area's maritime history, the Admiral House welcomes any visitor interested in naval, British, colonial, or just general history. Visitors will gain an insight as to the importance of the dockyard for Antigua as well as how similar dockyards shaped the Caribbean as a whole.

Shirley Heights Fort: Shirley Heights is open daily from sun up to sun down and beyond.

But that's not all -- you will find plenty of other sites to visit. Follow this link to check out our page regarding other interesting places to visit in English Harbour.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Tourists who enjoy the natural environment might have a good time at Nelson's Dockyard National Park. Nelson's Dackyard is more than just a national park. It is also is a historical site and commercial center that attracts visitors from around the world, who spend time exploring the many museums, forts, and ruins along with boutiques, small cafes, and gift shops. For a peaceful afternoon, take some time to walk around the marina and enjoy sun, the water and the boats.

Another option you might want to consider is Monk's Hill Park. Fortified in 1689, Monk's Hill is home to the ruins of the long since abandoned Fort George. While this impressive fort was once the place of refuge for the town's residents during threats of French invasion, it now blends into the landscape and is overgrown with weeds. Visitors to the park will be able to explore several trails that will take them by the crumbling walls, cannons, and other relics of the fort's 300 plus year history.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find quite a few other choices. To find out about other natural attractions in and around English Harbour, use this link.


Feeling Lucky? Those interested in trying their luck in some gaming action will discover plenty of venues where they can do so nearby.

Casino at Jolly Beach, on the premises of Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, is located in Jolly Harbour, 8.9 mi. West-Northwest of central English Harbour. Two blackjack tables, Caribbean Stud Poker, and roulette are just a few of the table games available at King's Casino, or you can spend some time playing the slots. There are 22 here, set in a colorful bank of bright lights and cheerful sounds.

Paradise Casino is located in Redcliffe Quay, 9.4 mi. Northwest of central English Harbour. Located on Lower Market Street on St. John's, Paradise Casino is your typical Caribbean casino, located in a well-lit space with slot machines set up in neat little rows, and courteous dealers manning the table games.

Asot's Arcade: For many people, their favorite part of spending an evening at a casino is playing the slots. If this is true of you, you'll love Ascot's Arcade Jackpot Casino Slots on St. John, Antigua.

Fortunately, you'll be able to find quite a few other choices too. Click this link to read our page concerning gaming close to English Harbour.


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