The Dockyard, with its Bermuda Maritime Museum, is the number one tourist attraction on Bermuda. Even if you plan to spend all your precious time on Bermuda's pink sandy beaches, try to schedule at least a half-day to check it out.
The Royal Naval Dockyard has been transformed into a park, with Victorian street lighting and a Terrace Pavilion and bandstand for concerts. When the Bermudian government bought this dockyard, which had been on British Admiralty land, in 1953, it marked the end of British naval might in the western Atlantic. A multimillion-dollar cruise-ship dock has been built and a tourist village has emerged; today, vendors push carts filled with food, dry goods, and local crafts. There's a full-service marina with floating docks, a clubhouse, and showers. The area also houses the Bermuda Maritime Museum, the Neptune Theatre (a 118-seat cinema showing feature films two times a night, with matinees Fri-Sun; tel. 441/291-2035), the Crafts Market, and the Bermuda Arts Centre, which are all described above. The entire dockyard is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. For more information about the Dockyard and its Maritime Museum, call tel. 441/234-1333 or visit www.bmm.bm.