Royal Naval Dockyard Port Guide

The historic Royal Naval Dockyard Port celebrated its bicentennial in 2009. At one time it was Great Britain's largest overseas naval shipyard. Today its one of Bermuda's biggest tourist attractions. During the War of 1812, it was the Royal Naval Dockyard that British ships set sail from to attack the United States. The dockyard was closed after World War II where it was abandoned. It was reclaimed by the government and renovated. It now attracts visitors who not only come for the newer attractions, but to visit the historic site.

Shopping

Visitors interested in the arts will be delighted with the numerous galleries, studios, and shops at Dockyard. the Clocktower Mall is located in a historic building built in 1856. The mall includes interesting shops like Grand Bazaar with exotic items from Turkey; Bermuda Triangle, a gift and souvenir shop, and The Littlest Drawbridge, to find unusual gifts made in Bermuda. The Bermuda Craft Market founded in 1987, sells jewelry, needlework, ceramics, and ornaments among other items.

Things to See

One of the best ways to see all the attractions at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Visit the local artisans and visit all the historic buildings at Dockyard. Maritime Lane has exhibitions and local artisans. The Bermuda Arts Centre features contemporary and traditional art by local artists, and was voted Bermuda's Best Art Gallery in 2006. Four studios are on the premises where tourists can chat with an oil painter, a sculptor, a jewelry maker, and ceramic and textile artists.

The old cooperage where barrels were made is the home of the Bermuda Craft Market. The craft cooperative features 60 local artisans. Christmas ornaments, quilts, handpainted glass, needlework, and fabric art are among the items for sale. The Bermuda Maritime Museum known as Keep Enter, features artifacts from Bermuda's maritime history. The Commissioner's House was built in 1823, and has panoramic views of the island. Delicious rum cakes to take home are found at the Bermuda Rum Cake Bakery, and are made with Gosling's BlackSeal rum. The Dockyard Glassworks sells handmade glass collectibles created from molten glass. Dolphin Quest Bermuda allows visitors to experience dolphins up close for an unforgettable experience. Snorkel Park's tropical beach offers waterslides, snorkeling equipment, paddleboats, kayaks, and even underwater scooters to explore a coral reef.

Restaurants and Bars

Beethoven's is one of the more popular spots which serves delicious local dishes and European cuisine, with a full bar and choice of indoor dining or outside dining by the water. A traditional Bermuda-style breakfast is served on Sunday. The Bone Fish Bar & Grill serves delectable seafood and meat dishes. The Freeport Seafood Restaurant, Bar and Sushi Bar is not only a popular restaurant, but an internet cafe. Visit the Frog & Onion English-style pub for casual and elegant cuisine. The Dockyard Brewing Company, a micro-brewery is on the premises, as well as a game room for the kids. For dessert. visit the Nannini Haagen-Daaz Ice Cream Parlour. Sample delicious, exotic rum drinks at Hammerhead's Bar while enjoying the ocean view.

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