New Providence and Paradise Islands Sights

Fort Charlotte

  • W. Bay St. at Chippingham Rd. Map It
  • Nassau
  • Historic District/Site

Published 09/28/2015

Fodor's Review

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. On Wednesday and Friday enjoy fully regaled actors reenacting life as it was in the Bahamas in the 18th and 19th centuries. An historic military parade and canon firing takes place daily at noon.

Sight Information

Address:

W. Bay St. at Chippingham Rd., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

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Sight Details:

  • $1
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 8–4

Published 09/28/2015

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