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Bermuda Royal Navy Dockyard Visitor Tips

Royal Navy Dockyard
Royal Navy Dockyard. Credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority
The Royal Navy Dockyard in Bermuda, home of the 2017 America’s Cup, is a cruise ship terminal, entertainment complex and major historical site.

It is one of three cruise ship terminals on Bermuda. The other two are Hamilton and St. George’s.

Attractions include the Clocktower Mall with more than two dozen stores and two 100-foot-tall clocks, one showing the time and the other showing the time at high tide. The building was constructed in the 1850s.

They also include the Bermuda Craft Market, Dolphin Quest, Snorkel Park Beach, Bermuda Fun Golf, Dockyard Glassworks & Bermuda Rum Cake Company, the National Museum of Bermuda and the Spirit of Bermuda, a three-masted replica of a British sloop-of-war.

The British navy built the dockyards after the end of the American revolution. It was the embarkation point for an attack on Baltimore and Washington D.C. during the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” as a prisoner on one of those ships. The base remained a major strategic point for nearly 200 years through the end of World War II.

The navy left the main dockyard in 1951, but the base did not officially close until 1995. It was mostly abandoned for about 20 years until the National Museum of Bermuda opened in the fortress known as the Keep. Because of that success, the government began to restore the dockyard as a tourist attraction.

Getting Around


A free shuttle takes visitors from the cruise ships to the shops, restaurants and attractions.

A high-speed catamaran ferry goes from the dockyard to Hamilton and back in about 20 minutes. A direct ferry goes to St. George’s during the summer. call the Ferry Terminal at 441-295-4506.

Other options include a public bus system, privately owned minibuses, car rentals and taxis with government-regulated rates.

Cruise ship visitors who dock at Hamilton or St. George’s should note that the dockyard is a 45-minute drive from Hamilton and a one-hour drive from St. George’s.

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July 22, 2017


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