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Hamilton

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Zoos · Scuba & Snorkeling · Specialty Museums
Hamilton is the capital of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. It is the territory's financial centre and a major port and tourist destination. Its population of 1,010 (2010) is one of the smallest of any capital cities.HistoryThe history of Hamilton as a British city began in 1790 when the Bermuda Government set aside 145acre for its future seat, and was officially incorporated in 1793 by an Act of Parliament and named for Governor Henry Hamilton. The Colony's capital relocated to Hamilton from St. George's in 1815. The City has been at the political and military heart of Bermuda ever since. Government buildings include the parliament, Government House to the north, the former Admiralty House of the Royal Navy to the west (both in Pembroke), and the British Army garrison headquarters at Prospect Camp to its east.The Town of Hamilton became a City in 1897, ahead of the consecration in 1911 of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (Church of England), which was under construction at the time. A Catholic cathedral, St. Theresa's, was later constructed. Today, the city overlooking Hamilton Harbour is primarily a business district, with few structures other than office buildings and shops. The City of Hamilton has long maintained a building height and view limit, which states that no buildings may obscure the Cathedral. In the 21st century, buildings have been planned and some are under construction that are as high as 10 stories in this area. Bermuda's local newspaper, The Royal Gazette, reports "If you don't recognise the city, from 15 years ago, we don't blame you as it has changed so much".
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Popular things to do in Hamilton

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Neighborhood
Front Street
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

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Beach
Horseshoe Bay Beach Southampton Parish
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Duration: 3 hours
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Cave
Crystal & Fantasy Caves Hamilton Parish
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Tobacco Bay St. George
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Elbow Beach Paget Parish
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Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Hamilton

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Military Museum
Fort Hamilton
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
Harbour Road
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Admiralty House Park
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Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Queen Elizabeth Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Hamilton

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Atelerie
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
A.S. Cooper MAN
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Island Shop
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Flying Colours
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Hamilton

Art Museum
Bermuda Society of Arts
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
Gallery One Seventeen
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Bermuda Historical Society Museum
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Bermuda Society of the Arts
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Hamilton

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Park
Barr's Bay Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Victoria Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Abbott's Cliff Park Bermuda
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Albuoy's Point
3.3
Duration: 2 hours