AS YOU APPROACH DOCKYARD, WHETHER BY LAND OR SEA, THE TOWERS OF CLOCKTOWER MALL HERALD AN UNFORGETTABLE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE. The Clocktower Mall, with its iconic towers rising into the horizon, is one of the most ingenious examples of how Dockyard was repurposed to meet modern needs. Home to branches of some of Bermuda’s best-known stores, as well as unique boutiques, this is where you can find incredible deals on top brands of clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, fragrances and everything in between. In addition to world-class shops, if you work up an appetite or just feel like a snack, you’ll have options to satisfy your hunger and recharge. Open seven days a week — except Christmas Day and Good Friday — from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter, this is one of the most popular shopping venues in Bermuda. For full details on the many stores, restaurants, activities, events and opening hours throughout the Royal Naval Dockyard, check out thewestend.bm. A SHOPPER’S DELIGHT The branch store features a selection of merchandise from the A.S. Cooper & Sons ltd. Family of fine stores in Hamilton. Discover ladies’ fashions and accessories, gifts, souvenirs, as well as fragrances at duty-free prices. (234-4156, ascooper.bm) The Bermuda triangle Shop is full of treasures and is the most eclectic shop in the mall, packed with interesting items. Most of the products are Bermuda-inspired and unique designs not to be found outside of the island. Merchandise includes island summer clothing; a large selection of costume jewellery, many pieces made with shells; hand-painted wood carvings like boxes, tropical fish, doorstops and magnets, many with the signature pink Bermuda cottage design; candles; wind chimes; sterling silver; Bermuda Christmas ornaments; plus T-shirts for the whole family. There are gifts for any price range. Step inside and get lost. (234-0837) Crisson Jewellers boutique-style store in the Clocktower Mall in Dockyard features pieces selected from their main Collections in Hamilton. The shopping experience is relaxed and intimate, and the quality, value and prices are the same whichever store you choose to visit. (234- 2223, crisson.com) Dockyard Linens & Gifts is the place to shop when you are looking for elegant, but not too expensive, gifts to remind you of Bermuda. Their fine collection of Bermuda tea towels, bun warmers, tablecloths and place mats, as well as novelties and accessories, make excellent gifts for any special occasion. (234-0341, r. firstname.lastname@example.org) The Fair Trade Bermuda Shop, where “trade is aid,” is the place to find exotic, One-of-a-kind items from Bermuda and around the world, including arts and crafts, instruments, Asian eccentricities, clothes and household furniture. Enjoy this old-style shopping experience in the Clocktower Mall, where owners Boyd and Muna Vallis work to serve you. As they say, “We are in sales, not storage, so everything is priced to sell.” There is something for everyone in this most interesting of shops. (232-7781, email@example.com) Grand Bazaar welcomes you in with its colourful selection of unique Bermuda gifts, such as beach towels, hand-painted ceramics, ocean-inspired magnets, hanging lanterns, pouches and keychains, island-living clothing, polo shirts and T-shirts for ladies, men and children. Come and see their handmade fashion, silver and Bermuda sand jewellery. (234-4646, grandbazaarbda.com) Hand Made (Bermuda) Ltd is a unique company promoting arts and crafts made exclusively in Bermuda. It’s the ideal place to find truly Bermudian gifts and art that’s unavailable elsewhere. Jewellery, natural soaps and scrubs, bags, books, Cds, glassware, Bermuda cedar, clothing, toys, preserves, cards, prints and much more — lovingly designed and made by strictly local artists. Hand Made also stocks a wide range of craft materials and runs workshops teaching all age groups crafting skills. (232-0862, facebook.com/ HandMadeBermudaLtd) The Littlest Drawbridge Gift Shop is packed with unique handmade gifts from Bermuda featuring the aromatic Bermuda cedar treasures, including boxes, pens, goblets, vases and bowls, as well as sachets, cedar essential oils and incense cones. In addition, you will find authentic Bermuda bags with cedar handles, jewellery, Cuban cigars and Royal Naval Dockyard souvenirs. (234-6214, littlestdrawbridge.free.bm) Locust & Wild Honey is your number one stop for Bermuda Ts. If you are looking for a tee that is authentically Bermudian, then look no further. Made to order, their custom tees are a blast and are designed to publicise the local colloquial language. Stop in and take home a tee that is sure to be a conversation piece for years to come. (238-4261, firstname.lastname@example.org) No visit to Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in the Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week and featuring only Häagen-Dazs ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurt. Treat yourself to one of the 16 flavours in a cone, sundae or milk shake. It can even be packed for you to take home. Nannini also offers a variety of indulgences from Italy. So give yourself a treat and visit the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour. (234-2474) Rosebud’s Fashions & Accessories is a store full of colour and fun. You’ll find a variety of men’s and ladies’ casual wear, including big ’n’ tall and plus sizes. Specialising in affordable, easy, no-fuss and comfortable clothing, it has a great selection of beachwear, board shorts, trunks, beach cover-ups, bathing suits, sandals, flip-flops, sunglasses, handbags and much more. Brighten up your wardrobe with its tie-dye clothing and accessories. (732-1268, email@example.com) GETTING TO AND AROUND DOCKYARD A practical way to reach Royal Naval Dockyard is on a government-operated Bermuda Breeze bus, routes 7 or 8. A blue or pink pole indicates a bus stop. If the pole is blue, the bus travels from Hamilton to Dockyard; if the pole is pink, the direction of the route is towards Hamilton from Dockyard. You must have exact fare in coins if you pay cash; bills are not accepted. Bermuda is divided into 14 zones. Trips up to three zones cost $3; longer trips are $4.50. The cost of a token is $2.50 for three zones and $4 for up to 14 zones. (292-3851, bermudabuses.bm) Visitors can also rent a scooter from Oleander Cycles, Bermuda’s number one cycle livery, offering quality scooters at competitive rates. In Dockyard, Oleander Cycles is located at Cockburn Road. The company provides instructions and a practice area. The Dockyard location is open when the cruise ships are in port. (234-2764, oleandercycles.bm) Bermuda’s Sea Express ferry system provides residents and visitors a reliable, regular Mode of transport. Ferries are an easy and convenient way to travel to Dockyard and affords passengers a perfect opportunity to see the island’s beauty from the water. The Blue Route serves Hamilton, Somerset and Dockyard ($4 in tokens or $4.50 in cash each way). A seasonal Orange Route operates from April to November from St. George’s to Dockyard ($4 in tokens or $4.50 in cash each way). (295-4506, seaexpress.bm) The most popular method of payment for visitors is the Transportation Pass, good for unlimited rides on the bus and ferry system. Passes are available for one day ($15), two days ($25), three days ($35), four days ($44), seven days ($56) or one month ($55). Passes for children ages 5–16 are available at half the cost; children under 5 ride free. Buy tokens, tickets or passes in advance at the Central Bus or Ferry Terminals in Hamilton or at the Dockyard Visitor Information Centre. (542-7104) Don’t forget the free shuttle train that circles throughout Dockyard from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., dropping and collecting at numerous stops. Clocktower Mall Advertisers A.S. Cooper & Sons Ltd. 234-4156 The Bermuda Triangle Shop 234-0837 Café Amici 234-5009 Crisson Jewellers 234-2223 Dockyard Linens & Gifts 234-0341 Fair Trade Bermuda Shop 232-7781 Grand Bazaar 234-4646 Hand Made (Bermuda) Ltd 232-0862 The Littlest Drawbridge Gift Shop 234-6214 Locust & Wild Honey 238-4261 Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour 234-2474 Rosebud’s Fashions & Accessories 732-1268 History of the Clocktower Bermudians have more than one reason to be proud of their island paradise: perfect weather, beaches, remarkable hospitality and cuisine. But Bermuda was also once a bastion of Royal Naval power in the Western Atlantic, and the grandeur of its architecture reminds us of its rich nautical history. One such highlight: the Clocktower, a centerpiece of the Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys Parish. Once the administration building of the British naval base, this imposing structure with its 100-foot twin towers can be seen from miles away. As one of the major jewels in the global crown of the 18th-century British Admiralty, little expense was spared in the construction of the Clocktower, also known in the past as the Great Eastern Storehouse. The walls of this massive fortification are three feet thick, built from local, very hard limestone. Its North Tower clock shows the current time, and the South Tower shows the time of the high tide, once vital information for sailors based on its dockyard. In an effort to preserve the historical structure whilst putting it to modern use, in 1990 the Bermuda government transformed this iconic building into a visitor centre, with beautifully restored cobblestone floors and stunning wrought-iron pillars. Known as the Clocktower Mall, this structure is home to more than 24 stores, amongst them gift shops, jewellers and fashion boutiques that are open seven days a week. Its former shipyard was converted into a major pedestrian shopping area, which offers a watersports centre, restaurants, museums, art galleries and a craft market.
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