English Harbour Attractions

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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 consider visiting in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, if some members of your party are so inclined. Just click on the name of the beach for more detail concerning that specific beach.

A local beach that's good for snorkeling 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 alternative to consider is Mamora Bay Beach. Guest of St. James's Club have immediate access to the beach through a gate on resort property, which is in place to prevent overcrowding by non-resort guests.

Windward Beach: Windward Beach curves in a cove that protects the beach from some of the rougher waters that can be found in the area. However, with the rocky shore, it is not always the best place to go for a swim, lest you hurt yourself.

English Harbour and the surrounding areas offer quite a few other beaches. Navigate to this article if you want to discover additional facts.

Landmark Attractions

Dockyard Museum

A landmark worth visiting 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.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Shirley Heights Fort. It is located in the heart of English Harbour. The Lookout at Shirley Heights stands about 490 feet high and offers an paralleled view of both Falmouth and English Harbour. This spot is often frequented right at sunset as visitors hope to catch a glimpse of the "Green Flash." Every Sunday night (for the past 31 years) from 4:00 p.m.

Fort Berkeley: This impressive fort at one time stood as the harbor's main protection from enemy navies. Built in 1704, the fort would eventually be armed with at leas twenty-five cannons that could reach about a mile and a half each, a clear deterrent to any approaching ships.

These are just a sample of the available choices. To navigate to our detailed page about other interesting places to visit in and around English Harbour, read this article.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Nelson's Dockyard National Park is one of the outdoor tourist attractions that's worth a visit. 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.

Monk's Hill Park is another option that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings. 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.

Fortunately, you will find many other natural attractions. Use this link to see our page regarding natural attractions in and around the area.


Looking for some action? Vacationers wanting to test their luck on the slots will have a few places to go nearby.

Paradise Casino is located in downtown St. John's, 9.4 mi. Northwest of central English Harbour. Paradise Casino features a collection of state-of-the-art slot machines as well as Black Jack and Caribbean Stud Poker out on the floor.

If you like slot machines, consider giving King's Casino a try. King Casino is open everyday of the week. On Monday through Saturday, it is open from 10:00am until 4:00am.

The casinos close to English Harbour are displayed here:

Gambling Near English Harbour
Name Located At Phone Location
King's Casino Heritage Quay Shopping Center (268) 462-1727 Downtown St. John's, 9.5 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
Paradise Casino -- (264) 562-1728 Downtown St. John's, 9.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour

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