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Nowhere in Antigua — indeed, nowhere in the Caribbean — will you find a finer example of colonial architectural preservation than Nelson’s Dockyard. This historic jewel, set in Antigua’s largest national park on the south coast of the island by English Harbour, is the world’s only Georgian-era dockyard still in use.

 

View of English Harbour Antigua from Shirley Heights

 

Named after Britain’s great naval hero Horatio Nelson, who served here in the 1780s, the dockyard buildings have been fully restored to their 18th and 19th-century splendor. Along with the park’s old fortifications and military posts that line English Harbour, they form the heart of Antigua’s buzzing maritime culture, and are home to Sailing Week (April/May).

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