Royal Naval Dockyard
Royal Naval Dockyard
Once the base for the British Royal Navy in the Atlantic region, this enormous port complex is now a buzzing mix of restaurants, shops, art studios, excursion outfitters and more that occupy former warehouses. Among the premier attractions is the National Museum of Bermuda, housed in the fort. Other popular spots include the South Tower (a clock) and the North Tower (a tidal gauge). Buy local souvenirs at Dockyard Glassworks, the Bermuda Rum Cake Company and Bermuda Clayworks.
Summer Nights at Destination Dockyard
Several of the Dockyard’s restaurants, attractions, and businesses take part in this weekly event. Dolphin Quest puts on special dolphin shows and the Bermuda Arts Center stays open late for guests to browse the boutique shops and galleries. Be sure to check out the free samples of ethnic food at the Frog and Onion Pub. You can also participate in a late night beach reggae party at Snorkel Park Beach.
Located on the western tip of the island, in Sandys Parish, the Royal Naval Dockyard once served as an outpost for the British Royal Navy. In recent years, the historic site has become a popular shopping, museum, and entertainment complex as well as a passenger ship port.
Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard
Most interesting to me is the history of Bermuda during the 18th century as the British Empire tried to fight back the privateers. What we would call pirates, privateers were one of the main threats to British maritime supremacy and Bermuda was an important base of action in combating these troublesome buccaneers.
The historic site however fell into disrepair after its decommission and it wasn’t until the 1980s when things started to turn around. Most important to the local economy is that the docks are now used for the many cruise ships that call on the peaceful island. To accommodate these hoards of tourists, shops and restaurants have sprung up to cater to their needs. There is also an interesting Bermuda Maritime Museum and the Dolphin Quest attraction nearby as well.