Tristan Ralston

Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard: a destination in its own right

Published on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Tristan Ralston

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Royal Naval Dockyard

At The Royal Naval Dockyard, history, retail shops, and a schedule packed full of fun free events come together in a destination that’s sure to inspire, enchant, and entertain.

Whether you’re in search of high-end keepsakes or island-inspired gifts and souvenirs, you’ll find what you seek at this West End destination. The one-of-a-kind Clocktower Mall is home to highly sought-after island gifts like Carole Holding’s beautiful watercolors, Bermuda cedar items, and well-known island retailers like Davisons. The mall’s beautiful shops with their gleaming wares are housed in an original 19th-century British Royal Navy depository.

See island artists at work in the Bermuda Arts Center, Bermuda Clayworks, the Bermuda Craft Market, or at Dockyard Glassworks, where some of the island’s most creative people demonstrate their craft and sell their handmade items. Swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Quest Museum, then enjoy a refreshing Dockyard Brewing Company microbrew at the Frog & Onion Pub. Explore the beautiful landscape surrounding the Dockyard via lovely biking and walking paths, and get up close and personal with the island’s marine life at beautiful Snorkel Park beach. Have a great time hitting the links with a stunning ocean view at Fun Golf.

As the official home of America’s Cup 2017, The Royal Naval Dockyard is undoubtedly a bustling, lively spot on the island. By nightfall, Dockyard pubs and clubs turn up the heat as visitors and locals alike come together to dance the night away. Not a day goes by without a special event, from historical reenactments and walking tours to quiz nights and family night activities. And it all takes place in the early 19th century working dockyard, which continues to honor Bermuda’s maritime history today, more than 200 years after its construction began.

 

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