Antigua Exclusive History and Culture Tour

Excluive Culture History Tour Shore Excursion Antigua Nelson's Dockyard Shirley's Heights
Price: $65.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural, Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 3 to 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and sensible walking shoes or sneakers. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 2 years old. Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, cobblestone, and packed dirt surfaces, many of which are uneven and on an incline. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Exclusive Antigua Culture and History Tour

Enjoy this exclusive small group tour to Antigua's beautiful and historic South Coast. With a maximum of only 12 people, you will enjoy more personalized visits to sites such as Nelson's Dockyard, Dow Hill Interpretation Center, and Shirley's Heights.

English Harbour, Antigua's historic district, is focused on the 15 square miles of Nelson's Dockyard National Park. Developed as a base for the British Navy in the great age of sail, the harbor served as the headquarters of the fleet of the Leeward Islands during the late 18th century.

Although the dockyard was greatly expanded at that time by Horatio Nelson, it was gradually abandoned in the nineteenth century and was closed in 1889. Today Nelson's Dockyard has been completely restored, and it is now the only Georgian dockyard in the world.

Further above the harbor, at Shirley's Heights, are the partially-restored fortifications of the harbor's colonial observation post; the view from Shirley Heights extends out over the harbor and far across the Caribbean to neighboring islands.

Dow's Hill Interpretation Center is a place visitors can watch an impressive multimedia presentation of Antigua's history from its initial settlement to independence. Observation decks at Dow's Hill provide another fine view of the harbor and the ruined fortifications of Fort Berkeley, located on the far side of the bay.

Enjoy a lovely day with us as we travel the beautiful Southern Coast of the Island through the lush and natural rain forest. Smell the fresh fruits as we stop at the Pineapple Farm. Feel relaxed and comfortable in an air-conditioned bus on this small group tour of Antigua.

Please Note: The National park entrance fee ($15 US per person) is not included and must be paid on the day of the tour.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  60 ReviewsReview This Tour
Antigua shore excursion
January 04, 2022
Nice excursion, that turned into a private trip with our guide and just the 2 of us. Very engaging guide showed us the highlights of the island and talked about the history, people and culture throughout the trip. Well organized and efficient touring of Antigua.
Reviewer: Ray Rumsey
5 Stars
A great experience.
December 25, 2021
A great way to see a lot of Antigua for a first time visitor. I found Nelson Dockyard a place I wish to return to and spend more time at. Our Tour Guide/Driver was very good and offered us a great experience.
Reviewer: Darrell Benner
5 Stars
Antigua Exclusive History and Culture Tour
January 13, 2020
Enjoyed the excursion, especially the Fort and gardens. Great tour guide.
Reviewer: Donna
5 Stars
Good Tour
March 01, 2019
This was a good tour as well. The Tour Guide did their best to make it interesting, however the poverty in Antigua is very sad given that it is a beautiful island.
Reviewer: Brenda Rezansoff
4 Stars
An Excellent Overview of the Island
February 23, 2019
Our tour guide, Tomba was absolutely delightful. There was only four of us in his van, but he drove us around the entire island, providing excellent information. He was also very entertaining. A truly wonderful way to get an overview of the country.
Reviewer: Charles H Anderson
5 Stars
Antigua is a beautiful island
February 18, 2019
This tour of Antigua provides a good overview of the history and scenery of the island as well providing information on the what is life is like for the residents. Our guide obviously knows & loves his island. The expansive ocean views and flowers were a highlight for me Our guide told us about an very unique church in a town that we passed - if I remember correctly it is eight sided. I wish that had been included in the tour.
Reviewer: Elisabeth
4 Stars