Fodor's Expert Review Fort Charlotte

Nassau Military Sight

Built in 1788, this imposing fort features a waterless moat, a drawbridge, ramparts, and a dungeon with a torture device. Local guides bring the fort to life (tips are expected), and tours are suitable to children. Fort Charlotte was built by Lord Dunmore, who named the massive structure after 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 expected. 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.

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

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Rate Includes: Nonresidents $5

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