King's Wharf Port Guide

King's Wharf Port has a rich British naval history. The surrounding naval dockyard has the distinction of being the yard that the ships used in the assault against Washington D.C. in 1812 were launched from. The climate is warm and very agreeable during most of the year. The King's Wharf cruise port is able to accomodate large ships. Hamilton is an easy ferry ride from here. Bus and taxi service will also get you to places that aren't easy to walk to. Scooters can also be rented.

Shopping

Bermuda's dollar is interchangeable with the U.S. dollar. Many places will accept your money in U.S. funds. Bermuda Craft Market offers numerous locally-made items that are ideal as gifts. The Clocktower Mall, located inside the historic clocktower, has duty-free shops. Some of the best duty-free items you'll find include Harris tweed items. Gosling's rum is another popular item to take home.

The Bermuda Rum Cake Company has delectable rum cakes. Crisson Jewelers has some lovely jewelry settings available. The Bermuda Arts  Centre offers most of the artistic creations for sale. Dockyard Glassworks has some of the nicest glass items around.

Things to See

The Royal Naval Dockyard is nicknamed "Gibralter of the West". It's been in use from colonial times right up through the Second World War. Fort Scaur still stands as a reminder of the British Navy's might. The Bermuda Maritime Museum now stands on the site of this vast complex. A lighthouse, Gibbs Hill, stands near the dockyard, and visitors willing to make the long climb up to the top will be pleased to find a tea room.

The Bermuda Arts Centre provides visitors with a nice taste of what local artists have to offer. Heydon Trust has a chapel built in 1620 that's still open. You'll be entertained by 3 nuns who perform Gregorian chant. Historic Spithead House is rumored to be haunted.

Water sports enthusiasts will find plenty of things to do in addition to swimming. Scuba diving is an ideal activity. Parasailing is also a very popular sport. Swimming with the dolphins programs are offered, a delightful activity for all ages. The beaches here have slightly pink sand.

The Bermuda Train Company takes visitors on a narrated 90-minute tour of the area. Sea Gardens offers glass-bottom boat tours. The Gladys Morrell Nature Reserve offers plenty of hiking and wildlife-watching opportunities.

Restaurants and Bars

The Lighthouse Tea Room offers lunch every day and dinner on weekends. Traditional English food and homemade ice cream are immensely popular. Freeport gardens has a top-rate fish and chips. The Frog and Onion has well-known pub food. Pirate's Landing offers pizzas and burgers. The Newport Room is a lovely, upscale restaurant that's ideal for dinner. The Waterlot Inn has the distinction of being over 200 years old.

The local British-style pubs are the most popular places for drinks. The Frog and Onion is the most commonly visited for beers.

 

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