The Romance of English Harbour - Private tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Other, Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking, Adventure / Active


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children (12 years old and over) must be accompanied by a parent/significant other

Friendly: No.
Tour caters to only those who are fully mobile (no mobility issues can be facilitated)

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

Uncover the social milieu at the Dockyard and environs in bygone days with a private guide

This tour will give you an understanding of the social hierarchy and the prevailing social dynamics during various eras.

Interestingly, after the slave trade was outlawed in 1807, some traders continued slave trading and so, the British navy was charged with the task of policing the seas to capture those daring traders. What happened to those unsuspecting captive Africans who were brought to the Dockyard?

You will visit some special places of interest in and around the dockyard.

You will find that, undoubtedly, English Harbour, the home of our much feted Nelson's Dockyard, is indeed an evocative historic district.


8: 30 AM Drive from meeting location (Hotel/Dock, etc) to Nelson's Dockyard
9:00 AM Gather at the Admiral's Inn for a historical overview of the Nelson's Dockyard
9:10 AM Walking commentary through the dockyard
9:40 AM Refreshment/rest before hike
10:10 AM Hike to Fort Berkley from Dockyard wharf
10:50 AM Walk back to the Admiral's Inn
11:10 AM Refresh and then board taxi to surrounding areas of National Park overlooking Nelson's
Dockyard: Shirley Heights, Blockhouse and the Dowe' Hill Interpretation Centre
12:00 PM Outside tour and audio-visual presentation at Dowe's Hill Interpretation Centre
!2: 20 PM Back to meeting location or wherever indicated by tour party.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We meet at the Admiral's Inn.

End location: Wherever each tour starts.

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

Walk with raincoat/umbrella because the rain seems unpredictable these days.


It's a walking tour over uneven terrain.

What’s Included

Other: This price is inclusive of entrance tickets into the Park ($8 USD per head)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

52 ............ - A local lunch with drink averages $26ECD/$10 USD
A (21.9 oz) bottle of water averages $1.50 USD
Entrance fee National Park $8 USD

What’s Extra

Other: Bring lots of water!


I deliver my tours in English.There are no restrictions regarding my visits to any tourist attraction. I contract a licensed taxi driver for my tours so that I can totally attend to you, my guest!

A Recent Review of this tour

My husband and I had been looking forward to visiting Antigua for a long time, especially after communicating with Vellie by email. Vellie was very informative and we had a great time with her. She put in the extra effort to meet us when our ship docked in a different place. It was indeed our favorite stop as part of a Caribbean cruise. I just wish we had more time to explore Nelson's Dockyard. We will have to come back someday.
Ivy Edmonds-Hess

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