Stretched along the sheltered harbour, the colourful buildings of Stanley bid a warm and friendly welcome to all visitors. Our tiny capital city is village-sized but has the amenities you would expect of a large town and lots to discover.
Different architectural styles characterise Stanley along with features of our British heritage. There are interesting buildings to explore and some surprising photographic opportunities.
Christ Church Cathedral is a must-see whatever your beliefs. The world’s most southerly Anglican Cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows, flags, banners and artefacts that tell stories of Island life. Alongside is the Whalebone Arch, a magnificent construction from the jawbones of blue whales.
Pioneers made their homes in the kit cottages of Drury Street and Pioneer Row. Today these are mainly private houses but create an excellent photographic opportunity whilst Cartmell Cottage, belonging to the Museum and National Trust, allows visitors to step back in time and experience that pioneering spirit of old.
Stroll along the seafront and you will pass Victory Green with the mizzen mast from the sailing ship, the SS Great Britain. A reminder of times past, Stanley has an interesting maritime history to uncover and you can learn more about this and other aspects of social and natural history in the Dockyard Museum, another definite stop for any visitor.
The Governor’s residence, workplace and beautifully-kept gardens, Government House is a much-photographed building and talking point. Memorials also feature along the seafront, the Battle of the Falklands, World War II, the 1982 conflict and a special monument for the Royal Marines.
Keen walkers can venture further afield to enjoy the views from the hills around Stanley or the stunning beaches. Find a local guide to show you all the sights, on foot or from the comfort of a 4x4 vehicle.