When the British were no longer able to use ports in their former American colonies, they chose this site as their ‘Gibraltar of the West’. In addition to the Bermuda Maritime Museum, you can pass a pleasant hour or two strolling about the Dockyard grounds, stop in at the pub, the movie theatre, the craft market or the Bermuda Snorkel Park.
The Keep, the sprawling fortress on the edge of the dockyard, was built of limestone blocks in Georgian style and was first used by the British navy as a base to launch their raid on Washington, DC, in 1814. It later served as a North Atlantic base during both World Wars but was abandoned as a costly outpost in 1951. Since then the buildings – including eight historic buildings, old munitions warehouses and the gorgeous Commissioner’s House – have been renovated and given a second life as shops and museums.