Antigua Shirley Heights Excursion Reviews

Originally built as a signal station to alert troops of approaching ships, this breathtaking spot features commanding views of the English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard.
Historical landmarks and breathtaking views
Sail Date: March 2019
Historical landmarks and breathtaking views
Historical landmarks and breathtaking views Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Did the Amazing Antigua tour, got to see Shirley Heights and Nelson boatyard.
Sail Date: January 2019
Did the Amazing Antigua tour, got to see Shirley Heights and Nelson boatyard. Antigua is a pretty island. There was plenty of shopping in port.
Did the Amazing Antigua tour, got to see Shirley Heights and Nelson boatyard. Antigua is a pretty island. There was plenty of shopping in port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Thought we would have spent more time at Nelson’s dockyard
Sail Date: January 2019
Thought we would have spent more time at Nelson’s dockyard
Thought we would have spent more time at Nelson’s dockyard Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This was our second visit to Antigua.
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our second visit to Antigua. The first was in 2009 while we were on a package holiday. It was good to revisit some of the same sights. The tour was well organised and the guide was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately a guest on ... Read More
This was our second visit to Antigua. The first was in 2009 while we were on a package holiday. It was good to revisit some of the same sights. The tour was well organised and the guide was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately a guest on another bus disappeared which delayed us by 20 minutes. We also visited Nelsons Dockyard, had plenty of photo stops and went to a nice beach where we had a bbq lunch and two drinks. We were given a beach chair but umbrellas are an optional extra. There were also toilet and shower facilities. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was an interesting ride that showed the local neighborhoods, then contrasted to the Nelson ...
Sail Date: November 2018
This was an interesting ride that showed the local neighborhoods, then contrasted to the Nelson Dockyard with the lavish yachts. The Shirley Heights Lookout gave a good insight into the reason for the early 18th century fleet harboring on ... Read More
This was an interesting ride that showed the local neighborhoods, then contrasted to the Nelson Dockyard with the lavish yachts. The Shirley Heights Lookout gave a good insight into the reason for the early 18th century fleet harboring on the island. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Great tour, Nelson’s Dockyard also beautiful.
Sail Date: March 2018
Great tour, Nelson’s Dockyard also beautiful. Great photo ops!
Great tour, Nelson’s Dockyard also beautiful. Great photo ops! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great scenic views and pleasant local giude
Sail Date: March 2018
Great scenic views and pleasant local giude
Great scenic views and pleasant local giude Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The Nelson Dockyard was not nearly as expansive as we thought based on our pre-cruise research.
Sail Date: March 2018
The Nelson Dockyard was not nearly as expansive as we thought based on our pre-cruise research. I don't recommend it. However, we took the city bus to Nelson Dockyard, then a water taxi to the beach below Shirley Heights, then hiked ... Read More
The Nelson Dockyard was not nearly as expansive as we thought based on our pre-cruise research. I don't recommend it. However, we took the city bus to Nelson Dockyard, then a water taxi to the beach below Shirley Heights, then hiked up to Shirley Heights. We had some great views and enjoyed being outdoors. Much better than sitting on a bus. City bus cost us $3 per person each way. Entrance to Nelson Dockyard cost $8 per person. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A must see for photos and views; ideal Caribbean location.
Sail Date: January 2018
A must see for photos and views; ideal Caribbean location.
A must see for photos and views; ideal Caribbean location. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Nelson's Dockyard is NOT a dockyard.
Sail Date: January 2018
Nelson's Dockyard is NOT a dockyard. It's now a millionaires boat parking lot. $8 entrance which most of the local tour operators don't tell you about, so it comes as a surprise on top of the $20/25 per person you pay up ... Read More
Nelson's Dockyard is NOT a dockyard. It's now a millionaires boat parking lot. $8 entrance which most of the local tour operators don't tell you about, so it comes as a surprise on top of the $20/25 per person you pay up front. In the end it's worth it for the view of the English Harbour at Shirley heights Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
We hired a taxi whose driver combined us with another client at a pay-beach, making us wait 45 ...
Sail Date: January 2018
We hired a taxi whose driver combined us with another client at a pay-beach, making us wait 45 minutes as he found them and they changed. Then, they had to travel to our destination, waiting as we toured a historical site. the driver ... Read More
We hired a taxi whose driver combined us with another client at a pay-beach, making us wait 45 minutes as he found them and they changed. Then, they had to travel to our destination, waiting as we toured a historical site. the driver hurried us, saying, "I have bad news for you. "the police have closed Shirley Heights because of an auto collision blocking the road." I don't know if that was a valid reason or not, but we will always require "Only-Client" taxi trips from now-on. Although frustrating, the trip offered fabulous sea vistas! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Only an average rating as we felt the tour was rushed & most certainly well over priced.
Sail Date: December 2017
Only an average rating as we felt the tour was rushed & most certainly well over priced. We visited great scenic viewing locations such as Shirley heights, Nelson Dockyards (with lunch) & ended up with a 1:30hr visit to a beach. ... Read More
Only an average rating as we felt the tour was rushed & most certainly well over priced. We visited great scenic viewing locations such as Shirley heights, Nelson Dockyards (with lunch) & ended up with a 1:30hr visit to a beach. However the boat docked at 7:30, yet the trip left at 10:15. If we had left at say 8:30 - 9:00, we could have had 2:30 on the beach. By the time we got wet, it was time to get dry to get back on the bus - it's the Caribbean! let's have some time at the beach!! Also the staff at the beach bar, were quite ignorant to the point of rude. they want the tourists money, but not the tourists!! time someone pointed out that's where they get their income from, the ungrateful sods. Is service with a smile & the odd thank you too much to ask? Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
We did the Shirley Heights with the Boatyard trip and it was great!!
Sail Date: December 2017
We did the Shirley Heights with the Boatyard trip and it was great!! The tour guide was both entertaining and knowledgeable!! We had fun and learned a lot about the heritage and people of Antigua!! Would highly recommend for a short but ... Read More
We did the Shirley Heights with the Boatyard trip and it was great!! The tour guide was both entertaining and knowledgeable!! We had fun and learned a lot about the heritage and people of Antigua!! Would highly recommend for a short but interesting tour of Antigua! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The catamaran tour was canceled due to "mechanical problems", so we chose this instead.
Sail Date: November 2017
The catamaran tour was canceled due to "mechanical problems", so we chose this instead. Our guide, Angie, was fun and informative. We're not history buffs, so Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard were nice but not ... Read More
The catamaran tour was canceled due to "mechanical problems", so we chose this instead. Our guide, Angie, was fun and informative. We're not history buffs, so Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard were nice but not amazing. The lobster lunch we had was very good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fabulous scenery, brilliant guide, great food and a real laugh from start to finish.
Sail Date: November 2017
Fabulous scenery, brilliant guide, great food and a real laugh from start to finish.
Fabulous scenery, brilliant guide, great food and a real laugh from start to finish. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Amazing Antigua tour.
Sail Date: March 2017
Amazing Antigua tour. It was great to see the island
Amazing Antigua tour. It was great to see the island Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Interesting part of our island tour.
Sail Date: February 2017
Interesting part of our island tour. Gorgeous views of island harbor
Interesting part of our island tour. Gorgeous views of island harbor Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Been before.
Sail Date: January 2017
Been before. Liked it both times
Been before. Liked it both times Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
did a tour to Nelson's dockyard, Shirley Heights and a beach.
Sail Date: January 2017
did a tour to Nelson's dockyard, Shirley Heights and a beach. The beach was a bit disappointing - I am sure there are much nicer ones on Antigua. There wasn't enough time at Nelson's dockyard. It would have been much ... Read More
did a tour to Nelson's dockyard, Shirley Heights and a beach. The beach was a bit disappointing - I am sure there are much nicer ones on Antigua. There wasn't enough time at Nelson's dockyard. It would have been much better to have had an extra hour there and made the excursion one hour longer in total. There was plenty of time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great but nowhere near enough time at the locations!
Sail Date: December 2016
Great but nowhere near enough time at the locations!
Great but nowhere near enough time at the locations! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Lovely views and some history.
Sail Date: December 2016
Lovely views and some history. We went to Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard, and the Blockhouse. Excellent for photographers.
Lovely views and some history. We went to Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard, and the Blockhouse. Excellent for photographers. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nelsons Dockyard after visiting Shirley Heights and then a beach break.
Sail Date: November 2015
Nelsons Dockyard after visiting Shirley Heights and then a beach break. Typical cruiseline tour in a crowded 24 passenger bus. The views were great and it is nice to walk around the dockyard. The beach was ok and not far from the ship ... Read More
Nelsons Dockyard after visiting Shirley Heights and then a beach break. Typical cruiseline tour in a crowded 24 passenger bus. The views were great and it is nice to walk around the dockyard. The beach was ok and not far from the ship on our way back from the dockyard. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Decided to take tour of the island with a local Taxi driver.
Sail Date: April 2015
Decided to take tour of the island with a local Taxi driver. He took us through the city to Shirley Heights as well as Nelsons Dockyard. We took in the sea air at a cafe and just relaxed.
Decided to take tour of the island with a local Taxi driver. He took us through the city to Shirley Heights as well as Nelsons Dockyard. We took in the sea air at a cafe and just relaxed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Well run with an interesting and amusing guide who knew the island and its history well.
Sail Date: March 2015
Well run with an interesting and amusing guide who knew the island and its history well. Very interesting to see nelsons dockyard - well worth the visit. Rather cramped bus but otherwise fine
Well run with an interesting and amusing guide who knew the island and its history well. Very interesting to see nelsons dockyard - well worth the visit. Rather cramped bus but otherwise fine Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
I went on the Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Dow's Hill tour.The tour showed main ...
Sail Date: March 2014
I went on the Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Dow's Hill tour.The tour showed main attractions, and the tour guides even added their own comments while we riding in the bus about Antigua (life, politics, etc). It was a ... Read More
I went on the Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights & Dow's Hill tour.The tour showed main attractions, and the tour guides even added their own comments while we riding in the bus about Antigua (life, politics, etc). It was a good, comprehensive tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises