Shirley Heights

The Shirley Heights Lookout was first used during the War of American Independence (1774-1783) as a signal station and lookout for approaches to English Harbour. With French Guadeloupe directly to the south, the area was well suited for keeping Antigua’s coastline safe. A sentry could spot approaching sails and spread an alarm using flags during the day and firing signal guns at night. The signal system in Antigua was one of the best in the Caribbean, and the entire island could be on alert and know where to march within 10 minutes of the first signal.

As the garrison along the Ridge grew, barracks for soldiers, water cisterns, and gun platforms were added to Shirley Heights to keep the Dockyard below safe.

Today, the Lookout is where you get THE ICONIC view of English Harbour and the Dockyard. It is a vibrant event space that hosts the popular Sunday Afternoon BBQ, Thursday Reggae nights, and is a centre for weddings, private events, and catering.


English Harbour, Antigua


Monday – Friday
08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

08:00 AM – 05:00 PM