Fort Fincastle & the Queen’s Staircase


Set on a small hill just south of downtown Nassau, this small fort was built by Lord Dunmore in 1793 to guard the harbor against invaders. Never used, it was eventually converted into a lighthouse. The fort itself is not particularly fascinating, but it’s worth the trip for the sweeping panoramic views from the top. Leading up from Elizabeth Ave is the Queen’s Staircase: built from solid limestone carved by slaves, it’s one of the island’s most enduring landmarks.

Young ‘tour guides’ will try to offer their services – you won’t need them.

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1. Bahamas Historical Society Museum

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2. Nassau Public Library

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3. Parliament Square


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4. Rawson Square

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5. Balcony House Museum

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6. Prince George Wharf


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7. Government House

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8. Pirates of Nassau

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