Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Attractions
At the most southerly tip of Antigua, The Lookout, part of the Shirley Heights military complex, commands a breathtaking view over the whole of English Harbour. Behind the catchment on the highest ground, 490ft (150m) above sea level, was the Signal Station from which a system of flags was used by day and guns by night to convey messages to St, John's by way of Great Fort George on Monk's Hill.
The Shirley Heights military complex also included a guard house, magazine and kitchen, officers' quarters, adjoining parade grounds, a 40-bed hospital, canteen, and a cemetery. An obelisk in the cemetery commemorates the officers and men of the 54th Regiment (2nd Battalion Dorsets) who died in service in the West Indies between 1840 and 1851.
THE ONLY CONTINUOUSLY WORKING GEORGIAN DOCKYARD IN THE WORLD
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.
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Sunday 8AM – 6PM
Read more: nationalparksantigua.com
The museum's main floor houses exhibits relating to the history and culture of Antigua and Barbuda, including the geological formation of the islands, the Amerindian peoples and cultures who inhabited the island prior to European settlement, and recent Antiguan cultural practices. There is a library upstairs that has a large collection of pre-Colombian and historical artifacts, including ceramics, faunal remains, and metal objects, and an extensive collection of primary and secondary materials, including texts, maps, and photographs.
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Read more: www.antiguamuseums.net
Betty's Hope was the largest sugar estate on Antigua. Supervised by a handful of European managers, hundreds of people of African origin lived out their lives on this and similar plantations, first as slaves, then as labourers after their emancipation in 1834. Today it serves as a popular attraction for tourists and Antiguans reflecting on the painful years when sugar was king.
As an island composed of limestone, Barbuda has many caves to explore. There are various sites that are accessible to visitors but the easiest and closest to the village is at Two Foot Bay.
Read more: www.barbudaful.net