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Royal Naval Dockyard/Bermuda

Introducing Royal Naval Dockyard

This fascinating place is like no other in Bermuda. Once dubbed the 'Gibraltar of the West, ' this immense former naval base has something for everyone.

The Dockyard's handsome old stone buildings that once served the mighty Royal Navy now buzz with vacationing tourists. The former Keep has been turned into a maritime museum. The Cooperage, where barrels were made, is now the site of an atmospheric pub, a movie theater and a craft market. The handsome twin-towered naval administration building on the waterfront has been turned into a shopping center, called the Clocktower Mall.

You could easily while away a full day here. Most people visit the Royal Naval Dockyard to have lunch at one of the restaurants and browse for souvenirs. But there's much more to do than that. The Bermuda Maritime Museum is the island's most extensive history museum and well worth a couple of hours of your time. And strolling about the rest of the Dockyard with its curious buildings and fine water views can be an experience in itself.

Not all the sights are on land. Don a mask and explore the underwater world at the Bermuda Snorkel Park or swim with dolphins in the Keep Pond, a stone-lined pool once used to unload ammunition from warships and now home to Dolphin Quest.