A Bird’s Eye View
10:00 a.m. The Fairmont Southampton is located at the highest point of the island and offers spectacular sites just a few steps away. Head out the back door of the hotel and be sure to bring your camera for the short walk to the Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse. For $2.50, you can climb the 185 steps to the balcony at the top of the lighthouse and experience incredible views of the entire island and the surrounding turquoise water. Erected in 1846, the lighthouse is one of the oldest cast iron lighthouses in the world, and the balcony sits 385 ft. above sea level. After your climb, reward yourself with a snack from Lighthouse Tea Room.
Take the complimentary hotel ferry to downtown City of Hamilton and catch a glimpse of the island's past. Unique Bermudian architecture of pastel-colored buildings that have watched over Hamilton Harbour for generations. Enjoy our local restaurants that offer everything from local cuisine to the finest sushi.
On any Monday to Friday, you may see Bermuda’s businessmen in their traditional work attire of Bermuda shorts and blazers. Introduced with the military, this look was adopted by Bermudians as a perfect solution to remaining cool while conducting business in warmer climes. The Bermuda National Gallery is located in City Hall and hosts a variety of lunchtime lecture series.
Royal Naval Dockyard
Take the island's "pink bus" to the historic Royal Naval Dockyard. The scenic journey takes approximately 30 minutes each way. Enter the Maritime Museum and visit the Commissioner’s House for a history of Bermuda’s maritime past.
For children and adults alike, take this opportunity to visit Dolphin Quest located in the Maritime Museum keep. There are a variety of programs available. Reservations are required in order to secure your place in advance.
Visit the Frog and Onion Pub located in an old 18th Century stone building at The Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda for British pub food. The Cooper's Room features a giant fireplace as its centerpiece and the back patio has an excellent view of The Historic Victualling Yard. Return by bus or take the ferry back, it’s a great way to view Bermuda from land and sea.
To enjoy each of the above components it is recommended that you extend this itinerary into a half-day excursion.