Even the briefest of visits to Antigua and Barbuda can reveal how rich the islands are in wonderful attractions; many of which are perfect opportunities for sightseeing. You’re sure to find something that not only piques your interest but gets your imagination going.
In Antigua and Barbuda, you will find a variety of breath-taking, natural, and historical sites that continue to tell of our rich history and culture.
The caves and other Historical sites that runs along the sea cliff are full of History. Visitors can see several species of animals that is indigenous to Barbuda. Inside of Indian Cave has Petroglyphs drawings that were left by Arawak Indians which can be seen inside the cave.
This is a sugar plantation site where one of the two sugar mill towers has been fully restored complete with sails. With a small interpretation centre and interpretation signage throughout the estate, this heritage landmark is well worth a visit. Betty's Hope was one of the earliest sugar plantations, dating to 1651.
It was not until the late 1960's that the Ministry of Agriculture diversified the operations from small farms to a government owned Agricultural Station. In 1983, a production and management plan was formulated. It was during this period that Cades Bay was at its peak, with 20 acres of crop under production. Our 'Antiguan Black Pineapples' can be taken with you at the end of your holidays.
Devil's Bridge, located outside the village of Willikies, offers a stunning glimpse into Antigua's natural formation. Composed of limestone rock, the rugged terrain of Devil’s Bridge is the result of millions of years of ancient reef formation.
Those who tackle the brief but steep climb up here can clamber around the partly overgrown ruins and enjoy panoramic views of the harbor, Deep Bay and the wide open sea.
The Martello Tower is situated on the south coast of Barbuda. It was built in the early 1800’s as a defense base for the British, to stand guard over the river landing, the island’s original quay.
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda was founded in 1985 and resides in the former St. John’s Courthouse, built in 1750 and believed to be the oldest building in town. The architect was Peter Harrison, well known for many fine buildings in the United States and the West Indies, from Mansion House in New York City to the Spanish Town Statehouse in Jamaica. The Court of Justice was held on the ground floor, with meeting rooms for the Legislative Council and Assembly upstairs.
Fully restored to its original splendour, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings of the Dockyard house modern amenities such as shops, hotels, and marina businesses. Outside the dockyard, historic forts dot the landscape of the park accessible by hiking trails which allow visitors to enjoy the park's scenic and natural beauty.
Shirley Heights is a restored military lookout and gun battery. The Lookout. This high point (about 490 ft.) affords a superb view of English and Falmouth Harbours, the best view in Antigua. The view is spectacular, especially at sunset and early evening when all of English Harbour is all lit up.
Two St. John's Anglican Churches have already stood on the site of the present cathedral. The first was built of wood as early as 1681; while the second was constructed with English brick in about 1720, when the first church fell in disrepair and became too small.