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New Providence and Paradise Islands Sights

Fort Fincastle

  • Military Site

Updated 07/12/2013

Fodor's Review

Shaped like the bow of a ship and perched near the top of the Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle—named for Royal Governor Lord Dunmore (Viscount Fincastle)—was completed in 1793 to be a lookout post for marauders trying to sneak into the harbor. It served as a lighthouse in the early 19th century. A 15- to 20-minute tour costs just $1 per person and includes the nearby Queen's Staircase.

Sight Information


Top of Elizabeth Ave. hill, south of Shirley St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–4

Updated 07/12/2013


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By April

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Apr 4, 2005

Nice View, But The Water Tower is Closed

We were there in late March and the Water Tower was closed for renovation. Not much to see, otherwise. You might inquire before you head up the hill. The street vendors are lined up, bargains can be had, with less hassle than the Straw Market. Overall, I'd say spend your time visiting Fort Charlotte instead. It has underground pasageways and a similar view.

By Robert

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Apr 26, 2004

Queen's Steps Prove Heart in Good Shape

What a fascinating experience for three Americans who met a Bahamian police officer who guided us through the entire historical complex. We thank the Nassau City officials for their inside view of their city. "Friendliness" must be a part of their town code.

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