Built in 1788, this imposing fort comes complete with a waterless moat, drawbridge, ramparts, and a dungeon, where children love to see the torture device where prisoners were "stretched." Young local guides bring the fort to life. (Tips are expected.) Lord Dunmore, who built it, named the massive structure in honor of George III's wife. At the time, some called it Dunmore's Folly because of the staggering expense of its construction. It cost eight times more than was
originally planned. (Dunmore's superiors in London were less than ecstatic with the high costs, but he managed to survive unscathed.) Ironically, no shots were ever fired in battle from the fort. The fort and its surrounding 100 acres offer a wonderful view of the cricket grounds, the beach, and the ocean beyond.
W. Bay St. at Chippingham Rd., Paradise Island, New Providence Island, Bahamas
Apr 4, 2005
Don't miss this if you have kids or are a history buff. My children, ages 10 and 8 loved the underground rooms and the large cannons on top. Nicely done from the historical standpoint. Good information and guides gice free tours. Tip 'em a few few bucks and they are very happy! Take the #10 bus for a dollar and you have an interesting activity at a budget price. Well worth it.