Pembroke Parish

With a population of just under 11,000 Pembroke Parish is the most populated area of the island. It is centrally located and encompasses the capital; the City of Hamilton.

It is named after William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke (1580 – 1630).

City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton lies within Pembroke. Most of the restaurants and attractions in Pembroke lie within the borders of the city and are covered in more detail in our guide to Hamilton.

Hotels

Hotels and places to stay in and around this area include:

  • Rosedon Hotel
  • Hamilton Princess
  • Royal Palms Hotel

Attractions and Activities

Places to visit in the City of Hamilton include the Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Historical Society Museum, Queen Elizabeth Park, the Perot Post Office, and Bermuda Cathedral.

Fort Hamilton lies just east of the capital and is well worth exploring. It was built by British in the late 19th century at a time of rising tensions with the United States. The fort is well preserved and features well-kept gardens, a moat, and ramparts with excellent views of the capital and Hamilton Harbour.

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is also on this side of Pembroke. This modern facility houses a variety of exhibits exploring the underwater world including treasure recovered from shipwrecks, a collection of beautiful shells, and a replica of Charles Beebe’s Bathysphere.

Pembroke Parish isn’t home to any popular beaches. Clarence Cove is here but it’s small and rarely visited by tourists. It lies within Admiralty Park, around two miles west of Hamilton.

Spanish Point Park lies at the western tip of Pembroke Parish. In 1603 a Spanish galleon commanded by Diego Ramirez ran aground on the reefs nearby. The crew stayed in the area for several weeks to carry out repairs and then continued on their voyage. A few years later the island was colonised by the British. The first settlers found remnants of the Spanish camp and named the area Spanish Point. The park is a pleasant spot for a picnic or walk. Just off the shore you’ll notice what looks like a shipwreck. It’s actually the remains of a huge floating dock, built in England in the 1860s and towed to Bermuda. At the time it was the largest dry dock in the world. By the early 1900s was too small to accommodate the newer ships and was decommissioned.

Anybody can play tennis at the WER Joell Tennis Stadium. The government-run facility offers 8 courts for hire at reasonable prices. There’s also a tennis court (free) at Admiralty Park.

Restaurants and Pubs

The list was last updated on Friday 29th of November 2019.

NameAddressCuisinePriceDetails
1609 Bar and RestaurantHamilton Princess
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
International$$Harbourfront bar and restaurant at the Hamilton Princess. Alfresco dining with fantastic views of Hamilton Harbour.
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Angelo's BistroReid Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Italian$$Italian cafe in the Walker Arcade in Hamilton. Indoor or atrium seating. Italian food with a local twist.
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Art Mel's Spicy Dicy9 St Monica's Road
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Seafood, Carribean$Takeaway renowned for its fish sandwiches. Located a fair distance from the centre of Hamilton.
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Ascots24 Rosemont Avenue
Pembroke Parish
Mediterranean$$$Long-established restaurant at the Royal Palms Hotel. Situated in Pembroke, within easy walking distance of Hamilton.
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Barracuda Grill24 Burnaby Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Seafood$$$Seafood restaurant in Hamilton, just off Front Street. Specialises in seafood but also offers meat options. Located above the Hog Penny pub.
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Bolero Brasserie95 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
European$$$Upscale brasserie on Hamilton’s main street. Chef owned. Offers a small balcony with view of Front Street and Hamilton Harbour.
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Bouchee75 Pitts Bay Road
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
French$$French bistro at the western end of Hamilton, close to the Hamilton Princess. Formerly Monty’s.
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Devil's Isle19 Burnaby Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Cafe$$Busy cafe and bar in Hamilton. Hip and casual.
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Docksider121 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Pub$$Pub and restaurant at the eastern end of Front Street. Menu offers pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Popular watering hole. Live sports, DJs etc. Reasonably close to Fort Hamilton.
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Flanagan's69 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Pub$$Irish pub located in a prime spot on Front Street in Hamilton. Veranda offers excellent views of Hamilton Harbour. Incorporates a separate sports bar.
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Harbourfront RestaurantBermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Pembroke Parish
Seafood, Steakhouse, Japanese$$$Restaurant at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Offers a sushi and tempura bar. Stunning views of Hamilton Harbour.
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Harry's96 Pitts Bay Road
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Steakhouse$$$Restaurant and bar overlooking Hamilton Harbour. Close to the Hamilton Princess.
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Hog Penny24 Burnaby Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Indian, British, International$$British-style pub just off Front Street. Cosy wooden interior. Reputed to be the inspiration for the Cheers pub in Boston. Live music in the evenings.
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House of India58A North Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Indian$$Indian restaurant at the northern end of Hamilton. Specialises in Tandoor-cooked dishes. Takeaway service available.
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Huckleberry RestaurantRosedon Hotel
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Seafood, International$$Restaurant at the Rosedon Hotel. Named in honour of Mark Twain, a frequent visitor to Bermuda. Seasonally-inspired menu. Gorgeous terrace.
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L'Oriental32 Bermudiana Road
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Asian$$Asian fusion restaurant in Hamilton’s business district. Best known for its sushi and teppanyaki. Situated above the Little Venice.
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La Trattoria23 Washington Lane
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Italian$$Family-friendly Italian restaurant in the centre of Hamilton. Known for its pizzas; cooked in a wood-burning brick oven.
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Little Venice32 Bermudiana Road
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Italian$$$Founded in 1971, the Little Venice is Bermuda’s oldest Italian restaurant.
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Lobster Pot6 Bermudiana Road
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Seafood$$Seafood restaurant established in 1973. Close to Queen Elizabeth Park.
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Mad Hatters22 Richmond Road
Pembroke Parish
International$$Innovative restaurant offering an eclectic menu. Restaurant is loosely theme around Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Diners can don one of their wacky hats for the night. Located in Pembroke, near the Robin Hood pub, and just a short walk from Hamilton.
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Marcus'Hamilton Princess
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
International$$$Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant at the Hamilton Princess.
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Portofino20 Bermudiana Road
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Italian$$Established Italian restaurant in Hamilton’s business district.
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Robin Hood Pub and Restaurant25 Richmond Road
Pembroke Parish
Pub$$Popular pub on the outskirts of Hamilton. Shows Premier League games.
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Rock Island Coffee48 Reid Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Coffee$Coffeeshop in Hamilton known for its delicious baked goods. Walls display works by local artists.
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Rosa's121 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Tex-Mex$$Established Tex-Mex restaurant in Hamilton. Offers burgers, burritos, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, steaks etc. Located above Docksider.
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Ruby MurrysChancery Lane
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Indian$$Indian restaurant just off Front Street. Reasonable prices.
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The Astwood Arms85 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
British, Pub$$British style pub on Hamilton’s main street. Friendly staff. Live music and NFL/Premier League games.
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The Dog House93 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
Pub$$Popular bar on Front Street. Live music and Premier League/NFL games. Outdoor terrace.
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The Pickled Onion53 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
International$$Bar and restaurant on Front Street, Hamilton. Veranda offers excellent view of Hamilton Harbour. Live music and DJs.
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The Terrace on Front Street55 Front Street
Hamilton, Pembroke Parish
International$$Restaurant on Front Street. Outdoor terrace has fantastic views of Front Street and Hamilton Harbour. Formerly Red Steakhouse.
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Shops

Most shops in Pembroke can be found in Hamilton. Those outside the capital include:

Transport – Buses, Ferries, Scooters

Hamilton is Bermuda’s main transport hub. All public bus and ferry routes begin here.

The main bus station is on Church Street (next to City Hall). The ferry terminal is located at the western end of Front Street (near the HSBC Bermuda building).

Bus route 4 serves the Spanish Point area of Pembroke Parish (for Admiralty House Park/Clarence Cove and Spanish Point Park). It should be noted that the service on this route finishes quite early in the evening (see our simplified bus schedule).

There are two scooter rental shops in Pembroke; Oleander Cycles on Gorham Road and Smatt’s Cycle Livery on Pitts Bay Road (outside the Fairmont Hamilton Princess).

There is a taxi rank outside the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. There are also taxi ranks in Hamilton (on Front Street and Church Street).

You can hire a horse and carriage on Front Street in Hamilton. Tours leave the capital and head west into Pembroke Parish.

Services & Information

Butterfield has ATMs at Gorham’s on St John’s Road, at the RUBiS East Broadway Service Station (near the BUEI), and at the Waterfront Banking Centre (near Miles Market). More ATMs can be found in Hamilton.

The only post offices in Pembroke Parish are in Hamilton (the Perot Post Office and the General Post Office).

Map


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