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Welcome to King's Wharf

King's Wharf

A former Royal Naval Dockyard (between 1814 and 1951), turned holiday resort, King's Wharf is a favourite port of call for cruise liners visiting Bermuda. The old Georgian maritime fort has been re-invented into a playground for the thousands of cruise passengers who come ashore to enjoy themselves, do some sightseeing, head off for nearby beaches or world-class golf courses, or take any of a number of shore excursions on offer. The old buildings of the dockyard, constructed by convicts from prison ships and once known as the 'Gibraltar of the West', have been cleverly adapted to suit the new resort role. The old Keep is now a fascinating Maritime Museum and headquarters for dolphin excursions, and what was once the Royal Navy administrative headquarters has become the Clocktower Mall shopping centre. A lively pub now occupies the old cooperage, where barrels were made, along with an art centre, craft market and cinema. In the buildings where strategic repair work was once carried out there are now a pottery studio and glassworks enterprises in operation, and the victualling yard has become the Visitor Information Centre. The original purpose of the dockyard was as a base for the Royal Navy to launch a raid on Washington DC, but now it is itself invaded every day by hundreds of American citizens, and others from around the world, who come for fun in the sun.

Information & Facts

English is the official language.

The Bermudan Dollar (BMD) is divided into 100 cents, and is tied to the US Dollar (US$1=BD$1). US currency is accepted almost everywhere and other major currencies can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change. Banking hours vary, though most are open weekdays from 9am to 4.30pm. Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and travellers cheques are widely accepted and ATMs are extensively available. To avoid additional charges, it is best to carry travellers cheques in US dollars. Visitors are advised to exchange all their Bermudan Dollars before leaving, as it is impossible to exchange once outside the country.

GMT -4 (GMT -3 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
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