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St. Johns Highlights Tour

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Discover Antigua's history, catch panoramic bay and island views from Shirley's Height, and more on this scenic, cultural tour in St. John's.

Head to St. John's, Antigua, and combine a cultural experience with an outdoor excursion as you visit a national park, see breathtaking views of the island, and more when you book this full-day tour. Your tour covers the entry fee to the national park of Nelson's Dock, where you can enjoy trails and panoramic views of the English Harbour from a mountain peak at Shirley's Height lookout. Visit places like the St. John's Public Museum, St. John's Cathedral and St. John's Farmers Market while learning about Antigua's history, taking in its ornate architecture and indulging in fresh produce. It's the perfect excursion for cultural connoisseurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike!

Start your tour with a visit to St. John's Public Museum. This public museum dates back to 1750 when it initially functioned as a high court and parliament. But in 1974, this former court was transformed into a museum following a major earthquake that rocked the island. Take a stroll in the museum and learn about Antigua's history dating back pre-European settlement and observe a variety of exhibits, including steam engine models and paintings of Barbuda and Antigua's past.

Continue your tour with a stop at St. John's Farmer's Market, where you'll get to enjoy the colorful display of local fresh produce, meat, spices, and other foods like coconut, parrot fish, and sugarcane. Next, take in the architectural glory of St. John's Cathedral, an Anglican church that sits atop a hilltop and provides panoramic views of the island. This 17th-century cathedral features Baroque-style architecture, including an ornate interior with dark wood furnishings, stained glass windows and high-domed rooftops known as cupolas.

Wrap up your tour by heading to the English Harbour with a visit to the highlight of this excursion: Nelson's Dockyard-the largest of Antigua's national parks. As Antigua's national park and the only remaining working Georgian dockyard in the world, Nelson's Dockyard attracts tourists every year thanks to its stunning views of the harbor and island. Yachts and sailboats still use this dockyard today, making it a perfect place to capture great photos. Head to the mountain peak and lookout location of Shirley's Height to take postcard-worthy photos of the panoramic views of Antigua's lush landscape and hillside homes before heading back to your port.

From scenic island and bay views from Shirley's Heights to admiring historic cathedrals and landmarks, this tour offers much to explore. Book this exciting excursion today and get ready for a cultural experience like no other in St. John's.

Please Note: The National park and museum entrance fees ($18 US per person) are not included and must be paid on the day of the tour.

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from $72.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
Tour Duration
3.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 3 to 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing Smart casual comfortable clothing/shoes
This tour is wheelchair accessible. Not able to accommodate scooters


St. John's