Come Visit The Former Military Shirley Heights
Shirley Heights is a former military lookout and gun battery restored to its former glory. Located at about 490 ft., it offers a breathtaking and iconic view of English and Falmouth Harbours, making it the best viewpoint in Antigua. The view is stunning during sunset and early evening when you can see all of English Harbour lit up.
The reason why this location was chosen is quite apparent. It offers a breathtaking view of English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour, often depicted as the iconic image of Antigua. Visiting Shirley Heights is one of the must-do activities in Antigua, where the buildings have been converted into a restaurant and bar, and its Sunday evening party is famous among tourists.
Driving to Shirley Heights and strolling around the old military fortifications is a great experience. You can enjoy the fantastic scenic landscapes from a 360-degree view. This military complex, located close to Nelson's Dockyard, is named after Sir Thomas Shirley, the Governor of the Leeward Islands, who strengthened Antigua's defences in 1781. At that time, Britain had lost all its West Indian colonies except Antigua and Barbados. As a result, much effort was put into Antigua's defences, mainly because of the island's great sugar-producing value and the critical Dockyard.
Watching the sunset from Shirley Heights is a perfect setting. Suppose you watch closely at that split second when the sun sets behind the ocean. In that case, you may see the Green Flash, a green jet of light that covers the horizon that only the luckiest viewers and photographers have ever managed to capture on camera or in their memories.
For sightseeing and photography, head to The Lookout, which offers a breathtaking view of English and Falmouth Harbours, making it the best view in Antigua. The view is stunning at sunset and early evening when English Harbour is illuminated.
If you're into sports and leisure, you can challenge yourself with a steep walk to the top of The Lookout. It's a great way to exercise, especially for runners who want to do some climate training. It's best to avoid dehydration early in the morning or at sunset. You can also follow the Lookout trail from Galleon Beach to Shirley Heights, which is a challenging off-road walk through the wildlife and plants in the area. After your exercise, relax and chill out at Galleon Beach. Check our beaches section for more details.