Details for Nelson's Dockyard Marina

Nelson's Dockyard Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 6 reviews

Address PO Box 1283
English Harbour

Phone+1 268 481 5035

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Mr. Marius Smith



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Harbor entrance is well marked, follow the buoys in.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 4
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: 12

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $0.95 per foot + environmental fee + $15 per day garbage fee.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Available, depending on dock; few have 60 cycle service.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Reported not to be working May 2012.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - $0.15 per gallon.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out













Yes - Very small with essentials





Yes - Several within walking distance.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Sunsail

Internet access

Yes - Hot, Hot, Hot available for fee, strong signal.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Very small boats.


Yes - Taxi fleet at the park entrance.

Other services


Your slip is in Nelson's Dockyard, a national monument. In the 18th century English Harbour was developed into Britian's main naval base in the Eastern Caribbean. In 1961 Nelson's Dockyard reopened after much restoration.

Reviews for Nelson's Dockyard Marina
Fantastic place to visit, 2015-07-01
Captain: , Warrington, Pa (116)

We moored in Falmouth harbour and visited here during Antigua Sailing Week for many of the weeks functions. Nelsons was the British Naval headquarters in the Caribbean. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was quite a guy and being among the historic buildings of the ship yard gives you a taste of what it was like to be a seaman during that time. This is a must see when visiting Antigua. Excellent restaurants, customs and the whole place is a museum.

History Alive Today!, 2015-03-26
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (483)

We did not stay in the marina but visited the dockyard several times for a $8 US per person one time entrance fee it was well worth the visit. The buildings are beautiful with several restaurants, tourist shops, customs, sailmakers and a bakery. The museum was very thorough with good exhibits. You can also stroll the dock and admire all the stern-to tied vessels. There are also uses for those on the hook such as laundry, trash, and even a used oil drop-off. A must see in Antigua!

Wow what a place, 2014-04-29
Captain: , Bristol, RI (782)

While we didnt stay at the marina, they provide access for those with a dingy out on the hook. It is a beautiful and welcoming place with stunning beauty and history. Great hiking trails, good services, and only a short walk to Falmouth. We love this place. We were there for the Classic Regatta and Race week. The time duing the classic was fabulous, the time during race week was a bit over the top with loud (not very good) music but free rum was flowing. Enjoy

I will not be back, 2013-05-11
Captain: , Shorewood WI (244)

A beautiful historic site. A terrible marina. Med mooring - no anchor bouys. Drop your anchor and back in. Great if you don't have wind steering gear on your stern. Lots of chop - bring big fenders for your stern. Check in was easy $26 USD. Except we have XO the wonder cat. $50 USD and an 2 hour wait.

We had some repair work done on the fridge - the repair man said that for dockage Nelson's was the least desirable of all of the marinas in the area. I believe him.

Nelson's Dockyard, 2013-01-30
Captain: , Washington, DC (840)

Update: They now allow bicycling in the Nelson%u2019s Dockyard Park area. Evidently, they read Active Captain.

You get to tie to the same docks the British navy use in the 18th century. Most of the dockage is stern to with an anchor set from the bow. However, during the slow season they will allow a side tie off. The marina is part of a national park with daily tours walking past your boat. At night most of the tourists have departed, and the boaters have the park to themselves. The buildings have been restored and now are hotels, restaurants, bars, and gift shops (see: ). While they do allow motor vehicles on the park%u2019s narrow streets, they do not allow bicycles. Evidently they had issues with local kids, so the cruisers suffer.

Check in and checkout is conveniently located in the %u201CRuins of Cordage, Canvas and Clothing Store.%u201D Fill out your information at before visiting Customs and Immigration. That will get you into the English system and make life %u201CeSea%u2019er.%u201D

Dougie%u2019s Café located near the docks in the Commissioner%u2019s Room and Pay Office seemed to cater to cruisers. Most of the other restaurants had food at vacation prices. Outside the park%u2019s gate, within walking distance are several restaurants. We had a great meal at Trapps. Rotti Sue will probably come by your boat offering her rotti at a very reasonable price. We bought several extra for the freezer.

We were there at the end of their season (mid-may) and the shops were starting to close down. The marina staff could have been a little more attentive to grounds keeping, etc. The $15 dollar per day garbage fee and the environmental fee are a rip-off. When I complained about the fees they reassured me that all marinas have this charge %u2013 not so. We were to place our garbage by the boat and within two hours it would be removed %u2013 didn%u2019t happen. Aside from the garbage fees, the marina was a very interesting, fun and safe place to visit. We will probably stop there again.

Nautical History, 2012-11-14
Captain: , Pilots Point (466)

Sailing into Nelson's Dockyard can make even a landlubber feel like a Jack Tar seaman. The place is just dripping with authentic naval history and the protected setting, the stone buildings and the handsome architecture remind one of the Britannia that ruled the waves. This place dates back to the 1700s and was the seat of British sea power in the region. if you're cruising Antigua, this is a must stop location. I doubt there are many like it in the world.

Without getting too mired in the past, Nelson's Dockyard also works as a modern marina. Med-mooring is the rule here and you'll be amongst some world class yachts, many from European waters. There are restaurants and bars just steps from your boat and it's a festive but settled atmosphere. We literally danced the night away feet from the slips. There were even special-purpose row boats in port that (crazy?) seamen had rowed from Europe.

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