Shirley Heights is on old military complex, which was named after the Governor of the Leeward Islands, Sir Thomas Shirley who strengthened Antigua defences in 1781. At this time Antigua
and Barbados were the only colonies not lost by the British. This resulted in a lot of effort to increase Antigua's defences as the Dockyard and their sugar producing was very valuable.
There are 3 main areas of Shirley Heights:
- The Ridge & Artillery Quarters
- The Lookout
- The Blockhouse
All three areas provide great views over English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour and the South East Coast. The complex is mostly in ruins now although there is still plenty to look at. The ruins
are available to look at all of the time, day or night. You may have to pay a small fee during the weekdays, but this is well worth it for the views alone.
More information about the museum can be found at their website: www.antiguamuseums.org
Shirley Heights is located at English Harbour which is about 20 minutes from the capital St John's.