Monument of the Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands.
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Cruise to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

As the sea breeze grazes your face and you take a look around at the colorful houses surrounding you, you realize you're in a truly special place. In fact, you're in Port Stanley, the southernmost city in South America and the capital of the Falkland Islands. Cruises to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, are often a starting point for a visit to Antarctica. A territory of the United Kingdom, this little harbor was once a base for Antarctic whaling operations. The port was also a British naval base during World War II. Wander through the city, and visit the Christ Church Cathedral or the Whalebone Arch before enjoying a pint at a cozy pub. If you're looking for the best things to do in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, and you're interested in exploring more of this small town, head to Gypsy Cove where you can see penguins, sea lions and more.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Pound (£)

Things To Do in Port Stanley

Christ Church Cathedral. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Whale of a Time

Christ Church Cathedral. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Christ Church Cathedral. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Whale of a Time

A stroll through town will bring you face to face with the Christ Church Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch. In fact, it's kind of hard to miss this towering memorial: It was built from the jawbones of two blue whales in 1933 to commemorate 100 years of British administration in the Falklands. It stands tall outside of the most southerly Anglican cathedral in the world. Consecrated in 1892, it features beautiful stained-glass windows, a pipe organ that came all the way from Ireland, and a working bell tower.

Falkland Island, Stanley (aka Port Stanley). Falkland Islands Museum.

History and the Islands

Falkland Island, Stanley (aka Port Stanley). Falkland Islands Museum.

Falkland Island, Stanley (aka Port Stanley). Falkland Islands Museum.

History and the Islands

One can't-miss spot is the Historic Dockyard Museum, where you can learn all about the history of the Falkland Islands. And we mean all of it! Featuring exhibits about maritime history, the natural environment, and past and present life for native Falklanders, this is an educational visit. Plus, the buildings that make up the museum complex are some of the oldest in Port Stanley, dating back to the 1840s.

Curved sandy beach of Gypsy Cove in the Falkland Islands.
Curved sandy beach of Gypsy Cove in the Falkland Islands.

Walk Among Penguins

While you're in Port Stanley, you will definitely want to visit the coast. Hop on a shuttle to Gypsy Cove and enjoy a long walk to spot penguins, dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds like albatrosses and petrels. If you're interested in learning more about the island's history, you can carry on walking to Ordnance Point, where a mounted gun from World War II still stands.

Fish and Chips are a quintessential British food, and you can find many a chip shop in Port Stanley.
Fish and Chips are a quintessential British food, and you can find many a chip shop in Port Stanley.

LOCAL CUISINE

When you visit the Falkland Islands, odds are you'll end up at a pub or a fish and chip shop. Port Stanley is heavily influenced by British culture, and you'll find some tasty British fare here. But if you're looking for something unique, you have to enjoy a Daily Smoko. This term originally meant a smoke break in the British Merchant Navy but refers to afternoon tea in the Falkland Islands.

Port Stanley is small, but there are many great souvenir shops around the island.
Port Stanley is small, but there are many great souvenir shops around the island.

SHOPPING

If you're looking for a souvenir to bring home, there are a few great things to pick up. For anyone who is interested in crafts or loves to knit, wool yarn is a great choice, or you can find some beautiful jewelry made from the islands' semi-precious pebbles. And if you're shopping for your kids, you have a lot of penguin-themed souvenirs to choose from.

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