Government House


This splendid Georgian mansion, residence of the governor-general, surmounts Mount Fitzwilliam (central Nassau's low hill) like a festive pink cake. Sitting on the site of a predecessor built in 1737, the 1803 structure was badly damaged by a hurricane in 1929, leading to extensive repairs and remodeling (1932), and lavish redecoration during the Duke of Windsor’s time as governor (1940–45). Below, the statue of Christopher Columbus has maintained a jaunty pose on the steps overlooking Duke St since 1830.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Nassau attractions

1. Heritage Museum of the Bahamas

0.08 MILES

Mostly comprising a substantial private collection of antiques and artifacts relating to the history of the Bahamas, this small museum covers a lot of…

2. Bahama Barrels

0.09 MILES

The Bahamas' first winery, in the former Sisters of Charity chapel, is the latest Graycliff venture. You can sample wines for free and chat with the…

3. Balcony House Museum


Thought to be the oldest surviving residence in Nassau (it dates to just after the American Revolution, and was built by Loyalists fleeing the fledgling…

4. Graycliff Chocolatier

0.11 MILES

Completing the Graycliff's Heritage Village trifecta (wine, chocolate and cigars), this boutique chocolate factory uses Caribbean cacao to produce a wide…

5. Graycliff Cigar Co

0.12 MILES

Wandering into this cigar factory is like falling into 1920s Cuba. In a narrow, smoke-yellowed room with old-fashioned mosaic floors, torcedores (cigar…

6. Pirates of Nassau

0.13 MILES

It's hard to ignore the pirate pacing outside and posing for selfies on the pedestrianized strip off George St. The walk-through exhibition space trades…

7. National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

0.17 MILES

Anchoring the West Hill St tourist enclave, the National Art Gallery is a welcome oasis inside the stately 1860s-era Villa Doyle and one of the gems in…