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Place Category: Restaurants & Nightlife, Things To Do, Antigua Beaches, Beaches South, Where To Stay, and Yachting & Marine

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  • Nelson’s Dockyard has been classified as a cultural heritage site, located at the extreme southern end of the island. The dockyard and marina sit in English Harbour and are part of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. 

    This 14-acre site is perfect for taking in some island history while watching the sailing ships come and go in the harbour. Some of the island’s best accommodations are here, including the historic Copper and Lumber Store inn & Restaurant.

    The Dockyard is named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lived there from 1784 through 1787. Nelson’s Dockyard is home to many sailing events during the year, such as Antigua Sailing Week and the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting.

    Nelson’s Dockyard is the largest of Antigua’s National Parks and is still used today as a working dockyard for numerous yachts and ships. Fully restored to its original splendor, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings of the Dockyard house modern amenities such as shops, hotels, and marina businesses. Outside the dockyard, historic forts dot the landscape of the park accessible by hiking trails which allow visitors to enjoy the park’s scenic and natural beauty.

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