Explore the British heritage, architectural splendor and intriguing history of Stanley on this leisurely walking tour of the capital of the Falkland Islands.
After disembarking from the tender, you'll be met by a local guide who'll show you Stanley's most alluring attractions, beginning with the Christ Church Cathedral. Consecrated in 1892, it's the world's most southerly Anglican cathedral and features exceptional stained-glass windows from the 19th and 20th centuries. The surrounding lawn is dominated by a soaring arch made in 1933 from the jawbones of two blue whales to commemorate the centennial of British rule in the Falkland Islands. You'll encounter more evidence of the British influence at Victory Green, where the mizzenmast of the SS Great Britain is displayed, and in the design of the Victorian-style Police Station.
That's not to say that the British rule has been without incident. You'll see a war memorial built as a tribute to the British forces and civilians who lost their lives during the 1982 Falklands Conflict and another memorial commemorating the naval action between the British and German fleets at the Falkland Islands in 1914. More naval history can be seen in the harbor, where the shipwreck of the Jhelum has been resting since 1870.
You'll have the opportunity to delve even deeper into the area's fascinating past at the Falkland Islands Museum, a treasure-trove of exhibits dedicated to the islands' social and natural history. The guided portion of your tour ends at the museum and you have the option of remaining in town to further explore on your own, or transferring directly back to the pier. For those who elect to remain in town, there will be a shuttle bus to take you back to the tender pier.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate walking and there is one small incline to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have an able-bodied and strong companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, waterproof clothing; cap; sunglasses; and flat, sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended.