King's Wharf, Bermuda
King's Wharf, Bermuda
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What is King's Wharf Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
English is spoken throughout Bermuda and the currency is the Bermudian Dollar, which is equivalent to a US$. US Currency is readily accepted anywhere on the island.
King’s Wharf, better known as the Royal Naval Dockyard, is located on Ireland Island, on the western most tip of Bermuda. Work began on this massive complex in 1809, shortly after the Napoleonic War. Built by slave and convict labor, it was to be a strategic British military outpost, but closed its gates in 1951 when the US military had established a military presence on the island with 2 bases. Since then, the 75 acre site has been renovated to accommodate shops, restaurants, museums, a movie theatre, The Arts Center and the Bermuda Craft Market.
Bermuda enjoys a mild subtropical climate. Temperatures range from the low 80’s to upper 80’s (Fahrenheit) from June through October. November – March temperature drops and ranges from the 70’s – mid 50’s, but never freezes.
The ships dock at King’s Wharf and everything that encompasses the Royal Naval Dockyard is within walking distance and easily accessible from the pier. If you decide to venture further out on the island, metered taxis are readily available. Be aware, however, that taxis in Bermuda are very expensive (as are many things), and a cab to Hamilton will run about $35. You can hire taxis by the hour, at an hourly rate of $30-$42 per taxi. Your best bet while in Bermuda is the public bus/ferry transportation system. Ferries run to and from Dockyard, Paget, Warwick, Somerset, Hamilton (all year) and to St. George’s (April to October) as do buses. A one day pass ($13) or 3 day pass ($23) can be purchased which allows unlimited use of both buses and ferries. Rental cars are not available on the island (only residents are permitted to drive cars).
Clocktower Shopping Mall is a charming covered mall that houses a collection of boutiques and branch stores located on Clocktower Parade, a 5 minute stroll from the cruise dock. Local crafts can be purchased at the Craft Market in the Old Cooperage, between Dockyard Terrace and Maritime Lane. The Bermuda Arts Center, featuring 4 studios housing working artists that change every few weeks is next door.
The Dockyard Clocktower
In the Clocktower Shopping Mall you will find British goods, such as, porcelain, fine china and crystal, silverware and fine tableware, imports from Great Britain and Ireland, such as, Shetland and cashmere sweaters, Harris Tweed jackets and Scottish woolen goods. The Craft Market features Bermuda cedar-work, candle making, jewelry-making, pottery, straw bags, banana dolls and many other crafts. An extensive array of artistic goods is on sale at the Bermuda Arts Center.
Once you have visited the Bermuda Maritime Museum, containing exhibits of Bermuda’s rich nautical history, make sure you check out Dolphin Quest. Located in the maritime museum, Dolphin Quest provides a unique opportunity to interact with dolphins, both in and out of the water. Then, there is the shopping, shopping, shopping! There really isn’t much else to do at the Royal Naval Dockyards except shop and eat (or take in a movie). You will need to venture off the premises to do anything else. While on this very western tip of the island you can check out the Royal Naval Cemetery, or Scaur Hill Fort and Park. Built in 1860, the fort offers excellent views of the Great Sound and the Royal Naval Dockyard. If you are a golfer, I might suggest that you take a ride across the Somerset Bridge, the smallest drawbridge in the world, and play a round at Port Royal Golf Course, an excellent public course. If you haven’t taken the ferry yet, a trip to Hamilton or St. George’s is an excellent way to see the island and leisurely wile away an afternoon
As some ships spend their entire time docked at King's Wharf, make sure you take advantage of the easy accessibility of the rest of the island and explore the treasures to be found in the central and eastern sections of Bermuda. Read the St. George's and Hamilton reviews for other suggestions about what to do on this lovely island.
Dolphin Quest is probably the highlight on this tip of the island.
Yes, on this end of the island I would recommend the Frog & Onion Pub at the Dockyard for good traditional British fare. They have good fish & chips and a healthy sampling of bangers and mashHotels Reviews in Bermuda