The iconic building once used for naval administration offices is your ultimate stop for one-of-a-kind Bermudian souvenirs. The two 100-foot towers rising from the old administration building of the British Royal Navy at Dockyard are visible from miles away. The North Tower clock keeps time, while the South Tower “onehanded” clock marks the tides. However, as you drive into Dockyard or approach on a ferry or ship, both of these massive structures with walls 3 feet thick herald a shopping experience that you won’t forget. Opened in 1990, the Clocktower Mall is one of the Bermuda’s most innovative examples of preserving a historical structure while putting it to modern use. Inside, you’ll find more than 24 stores carrying merchandise for all tastes and interests. Island crafts and art, fine jewellery, upscale clothing, sumptuous wares for the home, fragrances and cosmetics, and that little something you didn’t know you wanted until you saw it — it’s all there. You’ll even stumble into the very tip of the notorious Bermuda Triangle, but don’t worry: the only risk here is getting lost amidst all the fantastic boutiques and shops. Just follow the cobblestones and browse away! The Clocktower Mall is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 to December 31, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from January 1 to March 31. Bring It Home In the Clocktower Mall at Royal Naval Dockyard is a branch store that 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 so are 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 embodies Bermuda’s finest and most cherished traditions. A family business since 1922, the Crisson name is synonymous with quality and value. In Dockyard’s Clocktower Mall, you’ll find a Crisson store offering boutique shopping with a distinctly old-world flavour. The atmosphere is relaxed and intimate, yet they carry the same eclectic collections, values and prices as in Hamilton. (234-2223, crisson.com) Dockyard Linen and Gifts is the place to shop when you are looking for elegant — but not too expensive — gifts to remind you of Bermuda. Its fine collection of Bermuda tea towels, bun warmers, tablecloths and place mats, as well as novelties and accessories, makes excellent gifts for any special occasion. (234-0341, email@example.com) Duchess Boutique is where you can find the latest women’s trends — clothing for all ages: shoes, accessories and handbags. In addition, you can find lingerie, a fine line of shimmering makeup and Crave by Duchess Body oils and lotions, which are made locally. All can be great as gift ideas. (234-3824, 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) 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, find authentic Bermuda bags with cedar handles, jewellery, Cuban cigars and Royal Naval Dockyard souvenirs. (234-6214, littlestdrawbridge.free.bm) No visit to Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week 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) A wonderful boutique featuring world-renowned fragrances, The Perfume Shop offers exclusives including Chloé, Ed Hardy, Guerlain, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Versace, plus exquisite favourites from Burberry, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Givenchy, Lacoste, Van Cleef & Arpels, Yves Saint Laurent, plus many more to suit any taste, all at duty-free prices! (405-0006) Aim, shoot, score! This is the sound of football — soccer, as Americans call it — the No. 1 growing sport in the world. If you are a football player or enthusiast, find what you need at Sidekicks. It has authentic jerseys, bags, flags, scarves, balls, hats, banners and full soccer gear, from the popular teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona and more. It also carries Bermuda National Team jerseys, Bermuda T-shirts, Bermuda Hogges and Island Soccer League team jerseys. (232-7433) Getting To & 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 typically 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 bus 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, gov.bm) On the Bermuda Train Company tour of Royal Naval Dockyard are highlighted such areas as Lagoon Park, Royal Naval Cemetery, Somerset Village and National Museum of Bermuda. Learn how the Clocktower building, built in 1857, initially contained the naval store offices, secretary cashier offices and the office of the captain-in-charge of Dockyard. The walls are 3 feet thick and the towers are 100 feet tall. The southern tower originally contained a clock made in 1856 by John Moore & Sons in London. The face on the eastern side of the northern tower had a single hand, set daily for the time of high tide, to the nearest quarter hour. Hear about the old Royal Naval Hospital, its epidemic of yellow fever, Bermuda’s largest fort and Dockyard as it was in the 1800s. (236-3130, bermudatrain.com) Slow down and enjoy the dynamic, scenic Dockyard by travelling on Bermuda’s original form of transportation. Climb aboard a charming horsedrawn carriage with Marquis Ranch. Enjoy the peaceful sound of horseshoes as you leave Dockyard and head out to Bermuda’s only lagoon. Experience views of old Bermuda cottages and learn how the locals harvest fresh rain water. Photograph some of Bermuda’s most Intimate and secluded beaches. Carriages operate when cruise ships are in port. (505-5575, marquisranch.com) Visitors can rent a scooter from Oleander Cycles, Bermuda’s No. 1 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 Dockyard location, 236-2453 main office, 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 each way). A seasonal Orange Route operates from April 11 to Nov. 19 from Dockyard to St. George’s ($4 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 ($12), two days ($20), three days ($28), four days ($35) or seven days ($45). Reduced prices are available for children ages 5–16 ($2); children under 5 ride free. Buy tokens, tickets or passes in advance at the Central Bus or Ferry Terminals in Hamilton, or at the Visitors Information Centres in Dockyard, located at the the gazebo on Dockyard Terrace and adjacent to the cruise ship pier at Kings Wharf and Heritage Wharf. At the Visitors Information Centre, they have up-to-date information on local events, can book attractions and tours, and offer Wi-Fi and telephone cards. 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.
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