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Shirley Heights Tours

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Shirley Heights
With panoramic views of the small island and the vast Caribbean, Shirley Heights is Antigua’s most popular lookout point. Visitors often go up for views of the sunset and stay for live music and drinks at the on-site bar and restaurant.

The Basics
Shirley Heights is a popular stop on basic tours of the island’s highlights, which range from Jeep tours to driving-and-boat combos. Private tours allow you to add an extended stop at the lookout onto the day’s customized itinerary, ensuring plenty of time to snap photos and enjoy the sunset. As a landmark within the historic Shirley Heights military complex, history-themed tours also typically include the lookout, along with Nelson’s Dockyard and Betty’s Hope sugar plantation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shirley Heights is ideal for first-time visitors to Antigua, landscape photographers, and anyone wanting to catch a spectacular Caribbean sunset.
  • The lookout is often visited in conjunction with English Harbour.
  • The on-site bar and restaurant offers a full menu and is known for its homemade jerk chicken.
  • The lookout is not accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Shirley Heights is located just southeast of English Harbour, a 30-minute drive south of the airport. Take Sir Sydney Walling Highway to Jonas Road and drive to the top of the hill.

When to Get There
With panoramic views of the Caribbean, the lookout point is most popular at sunset—and the views are worth braving the sunset crowds. On Thursday nights the Lookout Restaurant hosts a steel drum band, and Sunday nights feature two live bands, dancing, and a barbecue feast. Antigua is busiest from December to April, when storms and hurricanes are less frequent. For a quieter trip, visit during the off-season, May to November.

Music to the Ears
Originating from Trinidad, the steel pan is a percussion instrument made from 55-gallon industrial drums and is an integral part of Caribbean culture and daily life on the island of Antigua. Shirley Heights is by far the most picturesque spot to catch a live performance, which typically features up to 14 pannists who play under the night sky.
Address: English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda
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Antigua: Historic Lord Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Antigua: Historic Lord Nelson's Dockyard National Park

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Explore Antigua without the stress of navigating on this 3.5-hour shore excursion with convenient round-trip transport from your cruise terminal. Going with a guide ensures you learn facts often missed by visitors about Antigua's history and culture. The tour features sweeping views of the island from the Shirley Heights lookout and a jaunt through the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nelson’s Dockyards.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Antigua Shore Excursion: Round Island Tour

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Get the perfect introduction to the history and scenic beauty of Antigua during this 3.5-hour tour of its top attractions. During your visit you’ll stop by Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a colonial-era naval base and renowned yachting location, taking some time to browse the area’s unique shops and art galleries, then stop by the picturesque Blockhouse Ruins and finish your day with panoramic views from Shirley Heights. Your Antigua visit also includes round-trip transportation from the port and all entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Snorkel w/Turtles & Sightseeing Tour.

Snorkel w/Turtles & Sightseeing Tour.

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  • 6 hours
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Antigua VIP Tours - Private Gold Tour

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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Shirley heights lookout Thursday or Sunday social

Shirley heights lookout Thursday or Sunday social

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From 4pm until 10pm every Sunday, party until the sun goes down on another week with drink, a barbecue, local bands playing a mixture of Caribbean flavored music and international hits from over the decades whilst overlooking one of the most stunning views in the world. Both a favorite with the locals and tourists, this is the perfect crowd to meet new people and make friends for life. Trust us it will be a night you will never forget.
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  • 6 hours
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Round Island Tour

Round Island Tour

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Tour the island of Antigua from one end to the other on this 3.5-hour exploration of all the area’s major landmarks. Join your guide as you check out major Antigua historical sites including English Harbor, Blockhouse Ruins, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, Shirley Heights and the location for most the island’s yachting and sailing competitions. This overview of Antigua’s top attractions also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise ship, plus all entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Antigua VIP Tours - Private Platinum Tour

Antigua VIP Tours - Private Platinum Tour

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Discover the best of Antigua and Barbuda on this fully customizable private tour of the island. Visit key landmarks such as Nelson’s Dock Yard, Shirley’s Heights, Devil’s Bridge, and more as you travel around in an air-conditioned minivan. Learn about the Island's culture and take in the picturesque island scenery from many beaches and viewpoints around the island. Drinks are included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Historic Island Tour

Historic Island Tour

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This tour is fully customizable to meet each individual's personal interest. This tour includes lunch and a beach stop at one of our beautiful white sand beaches.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Shirley Heights Sunset

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The Shirley Heights Lookout is a must-see on your visit to Antigua! It offers the best panoramic views of the island. Don’t miss it!
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  • 4 hours
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$50.00
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Biggvee Private Tour

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  • 3 to 4 hours
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South Coast Tour

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North Coast Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Circumnavigate Tour

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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Romance in Paradise

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  • 5 to 6 hours
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SKY VIEW DRONE TOUR - Antigua Paradise South

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Luxury Island Platinum Tour

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Safe Secure and Personalized Tours

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Scenic Tour of Antigua

Scenic Tour of Antigua

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Your knowledgeable tour guide entertains and enlightens you on Antigua’s past and present. This extensive sightseeing tour visits the following sites: Devil’s Bridge, Betty’s Hope, Blockhouse, Shirley Heights, Nelson Dockyard, Fig Tree Drive, West Coast for lunch and beach relaxing, and much more! Itinerary: We pick you up at the cruise terminal or your hotel’s reception! Devil’s Bridge Betty’s Hope Blockhouse Shirley Heights Nelson Dockyard Fig Tree Drive Caribbean Sea on the West Coast
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  • 6 hours
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Antigua: History, Local Food and Snorkeling whole island tour.

Antigua: History, Local Food and Snorkeling whole island tour.

Antigua: History, Local Food and Snorkeling whole island tour will show you the best Antigua and Barbuda has to offer visitors: we will combine the rich and vast history of the island with heavenly beach getaways, all presented from the perspective of a local guide that will make from your time in Antigua a truly unforgettable experience. Antigua and Barbuda is one the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, with 365 beaches to relax you can say there is one for every day of the year, but Antigua is more than that, join our tour and discover the adventure. Highlights: - Mingle with the locals while we visit the most important places in St. John’s city. - Learn about how the Spaniards changed the country’s political and cultural landscape. - Visit the world’s only remaining Georgian dockyard. - Get a nice looking Caribbean tan to show off back home at the island’s most beautiful beach.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book Shirley Heights tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Shirley Heights can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 18 Shirley Heights tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Shirley Heights 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Shirley Heights costs USD 101.25. Guided Shirley Heights tours start around USD 101.25 per person. See all 18 Shirley Heights tickets and tours on Viator.
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