Shirley Heights is across the bay from Nelson's Dockyard. This lovely rise, which affords a view of Antigua's southern coast, was named for Gen. Thomas Shirley, who became governor in 1781. Clarence House, the Georgian villa on the road to the Heights, was built 1804-1806 as the residence of the commissioner of the Royal Navy's dockyard. The Heights served as the main lookout post in the days of Nelson. Approximately 60 structures were built here 1781-1825, and visitors can see the remains of Fort Shirley's barracks, officers' quarters and powder magazines.
The Shirley Heights Barbecue, popular with tourists and locals alike, starts every Sunday at 4 and runs late into the night with live music and dancing.