King’s Wharf is a port in Bermuda and the port of choice for the biggest ships. Located on the Island’s western tip – it is also known as the Royal Naval Dockyard – and was built in the first part of the 19th century as a British Naval base. It remained a strategic British military post until the US military established two bases in the 1950’s.
Within the six-acre complex of King’s Wharf, you can find everything you need to have a fabulous time. And, all of it in walking distance! The other dockyards of Hamilton and St George’s are easily accessible by ferry too.
History runs everywhere in the Royal Naval Dockyard and one of the things not to miss is the Bermuda Maritime Museum. If you are looking for more authenticity and are not overwhelmed by the mild subtropical Bermuda climate, take a small trek up the 200 or so steps to the top of the world’s oldest cast iron Lighthouse. Your efforts will be rewarded with a splendid panorama of Bermuda and its shorelines – and you can take a breather in the tearoom!
Like everywhere in Bermuda, there are various options for everyone and every taste. The highlight of King’s Wharf is without a doubt Dolphin Quest: within the maritime museum. You can swim about and interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins – fantastic and educative time for kids and adults alike.
There’s plenty more to do than just the beach – maybe a trip to the Clocktower Shopping Mall for souvenirs (or discounted British products) or the Bermuda Arts Centre to check out local artists and their works. You could venture outside King’s Wharf complex to visit the Royal Navy Cemetery and Scaur Hill Fort and its park, built in the 1870’s in protection against a feared US attack.
King’s Wharf is a great starting point to discover more of the island: Somerset Island is only a quick stroll away across a 17th century bridge, the world’s narrowest drawbridge. From there, you also get a fantastic view of Cathedral Rocks. And there’s one of Bermuda’s ten golf courses in Somerset – possibly one of the world’s most beautiful places to have a golf club in your hand.
A visit to the Island would not be complete without water-sports and King’s Wharf, like the rest of Bermuda, is the ideal site for snorkelling. The Snorkel Park is equipped with marked trails, floating resting stations and there is a lot to discover: sunken cannons, angel fish, parrot fish, doctor fish – nevermind amazing coral reefs!
The park provides entertainment for everyone too, with two amazing slides into water and the Jet Ski Safari. The fun doesn’t stop here. After a day playing in the water, hang around for one of the Island beach parties for an evening of entertainment with food, music and activities for all the family.
If your ship docks at King’s Wharf, you can be certain to see some of the best of Bermuda. And at Elbow Beach Cycles, we’ll deliver a scooter, moped or bike to you at King’s Wharf, whenever you like. What a place – we can’t wait to welcome you!