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Hamilton or stay in the Dockyard


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This will be our first trip to Bermuda and I was wondering should we stay at the Docklands for the day or go into Hamilton.

 

We plan on spending one day in St. George, can't resist a UNESCO site, but we aren't sure about the second day. I read somewhere that Hamilton is more of a business area then a tourist area.

 

If it helps any, we are the type who like to wander around, check out history, dipping into interesting looking shops and picking up unique items.

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Spending a day in St-George is a great idea for sure.

 

Yes, Hamilton is a business town...not much to do as a tourist besides shopping. A few souvenir shop on front street, a few pubs...

 

Spending the second day at the Dockyard is a very good idea also. The Maritime Museum is large, plenty of walking space, full of history...plenty of shops also and do not miss the Rum cake factory :D

 

If I had 2 days in Bermuda I would do St-George and Dockyard and skip Hamilton...IMO

 

 

Have fun !

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If the 2nd day is actually a full day, start your day early and take the ferry (it's not a long ride and kinda' fun) to Hamilton. Wondering around for a couple of hours should be more then sufficient. The park, the cathedral, a few shops, then spend the rest of the day at the dockyard. Personally, I don't think you'd need an entire day for either and I'd do both.

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We would recommend seeing Hamilton, you'll want to see the waterfront and perhaps enjoy a pizza at the Pickled Onion on their balcony overlooking the street, or the shepherd's pie or bangers and mash at Hog Penny - both fun spots for a great lunch! There are also some great shops to look for uinque items just a block away from the waterfront, and the nearby park is very nice. We also walked over to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess resort and toured that while they had a happy hour happenin'.

 

Not a lot at the Dockyard but we do enjoy the burger and beer at the Frog & Onion and the musicians evenings, and consider an evening at Henry VIII< if Tempo with Randy Lambert is playing that evening you're in for a treat.

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NAH, there's nothing to see in Hamilton.

 

Cathredral of the Most Holy Trinity. Can go up the spire for views of Hamilton.

City Hall and Arts Center. Wonderful collection of old Bermuda art and usually collections of contemporary artists.

Perot Post Office.

Historical Society Museum.

Par-La-Ville Park. Various pieces of art in a beautiful setting with gardens.

Fort Hamilton with a cool moat and jungle-like gardens just on the edge of Hamilton. Usually uncrowded.

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Took a great excursion with them to see the glow worms.

Botanical Gardens on the outskirts.

Camden, the official residence of the premier and Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.

Bermuda Monerary Authority with Bermuda note and coin exhibit.

 

Googleing any of the above will give more details.

 

Shopping in Hamilton is much more than a few tourist shops.

 

The Irish Linen Shops has beautiful things, AS Cooper, and a number of other stores carry higher end items than just tee shirts. Carole Holding is always a great store for her very reasonable and beautiful prints of Bermuda. Gosling's liquor will deliver purchases to the ship. Any number of jewelry stores with some items unique to Bermuda like the Bermuda lucky stone.

 

There is a little arcade off Front street, can't remember the name of the alley, that has a number of unique little shops, some carrying local artists' and craftmans' things.

 

Any number of places to have a full meal or a quick bite.

 

Nope, nothing to see or do in Hamilton.:D

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For $15. for a day pass, you can take the ferry, ride the bus or motor scooters all day!

That's misleading. Scooters are not included in the pass, one must rent them independently

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Definitely get out of the dockyard area during the day, there's so much more to see and do! I'd also recommend renting a Boston whaler from H2O Watersports at the Cambridge beaches Resort or from Somerset and enjoy seeing the beautiful coast of Bermuda from the water. You can go between the ocean and the bay using the bridges and stop on a secluded island with a packed lunch. Very easy to do even for us novices, and a very nice day!

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nah, there's nothing to see in hamilton.

 

Cathredral of the most holy trinity. Can go up the spire for views of hamilton.

City hall and arts center. Wonderful collection of old bermuda art and usually collections of contemporary artists.

Perot post office.

Historical society museum.

Par-la-ville park. Various pieces of art in a beautiful setting with gardens.

Fort hamilton with a cool moat and jungle-like gardens just on the edge of hamilton. Usually uncrowded.

Bermuda underwater exploration institute. Took a great excursion with them to see the glow worms.

Botanical gardens on the outskirts.

Camden, the official residence of the premier and masterworks museum of bermuda art.

Bermuda monerary authority with bermuda note and coin exhibit.

 

Googleing any of the above will give more details.

 

Shopping in hamilton is much more than a few tourist shops.

 

The irish linen shops has beautiful things, as cooper, and a number of other stores carry higher end items than just tee shirts. Carole holding is always a great store for her very reasonable and beautiful prints of bermuda. Gosling's liquor will deliver purchases to the ship. Any number of jewelry stores with some items unique to bermuda like the bermuda lucky stone.

 

There is a little arcade off front street, can't remember the name of the alley, that has a number of unique little shops, some carrying local artists' and craftmans' things.

 

Any number of places to have a full meal or a quick bite.

 

Nope, nothing to see or do in hamilton.:d

 

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