Half day in Bermuda West
Dockyard, Beaches and Reserves
You can take bus # 7 or 8 and come to the western end to the dockyard in Ireland Island. If you are coming from Hamilton, you can take a ferry service
While you can choose your time to start, a good option is to begin with your lunch at the Frog & Onion pub
located right inside the dockyard.
After lunch, explore the Royal Naval Dockyard
. This place is a huge sightseeing complex and a destination by itself. There is so much to see.
Royal Naval Dockyard (Kings Wharf)
The main attractions within the dockyard complex are:
Bermuda Maritime Museum: You can see exhibits of Bermuda's rich maritime history. This was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975.
Dolphin Quest: A fantastic dolphin training and display center. You have a number of dolphin programs that will let you choose how close you want to get to the dolphins.
Dockyard Glassworks where the craftsmen create beautiful glassware items. You can pick up a glass make dolphin if you are scared of the real ones :-)
Bermuda Art Center where you can meet resident artists and see their artwork. There isn't a big gallery but you can directly chat with the artists.
From the dockyard we will eventually go up to the Somerset Village. It's a fairly long walk. But I love this walk as this will take you through some of Bermuda's best beaches and parks. If you have a cycle, it's easy.
So, take the south exit of the Dockyard (Check the dockyard Map
), and walk down the Pender Road about 2/3 of a mile. Cross Cockburn's Cut Bridge and go along Cockrange Road.
You will reach the Lagoon Park. As you enter the park, you will find a lagoon full of ducks.
The park has picnic areas which are free to the public.
Spend some time here and then move on. Cross the Grey's Bridge to Boaz Island, and go along Malabar Road. On your right you'll see Mangrove Bay. The water here is crystal clear and perfect for a quick dip.
As you continue, you'll finally reach Somerset Village
. Somerset is one of the most charming and sleepy villages in Bermuda. There is only one road that goes through it.
Here you will find Somerset Country Squire Tavern.
This is a good place to take a break and have some refreshments. It's an English-style pub serving sandwiches, burgers, and pub grubs like steak-and-kidney pie, sausages and mashed potatoes, and such. They also serve great desserts.
Somerset Long Bay Beach
Follow Cambridge Road West to reach Somerset Long Bay
. This is a great park with a beach that is ideal for families and kids. The beach is secluded and has calm and shallow waters. There is also a place here for picnicking. The Bermuda Audubon Society administers the nature reserve. There is a pond where you will see different types of migrating birds.
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