Queen's Staircase, Nassau

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Step back in time as you climb Queen's Staircase, a historic monument that honors Queen Victoria's lengthy reign. Built in 1794 of limestone rock using slave labor, the monument carries the name of the monarch who signed a declaration to abolish slavery in 1837. Ascend the 65 narrow steps to the top of Bennet's Hill, where you can admire the ruins of Fort Fincastle. Use our Nassau trip maker app to add Queen's Staircase and other attractions to your Nassau vacation plans.
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  • If you are looking for a little bit of history and a nice hike, this is for you. You can visit the Queens Staircase, Water tower, and Fort Fincastle as the are located together. It’s pretty amazing as...  more »
  • This huge man-made staircase, cut from the very rock foundation of the island is incredibly impressive. That it was completed in the Victorian era, as an escape route from the fort for military and/or...  more »
  • So we literally walked the whole downtown to get to this place. Don’t ask why but we lost our taxi driver. Anyways by the time we got here we were expecting something amazing and it was pretty don’t g...  more »
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  • A beautiful, historical landmark in Nassau. Definitely a must see in Nassau if you are a history buff or if you just love nature. I only wish there was more to it! Could walk through it for hours. Make sure you get a picture taken by the waterfall, it's beautiful! And it's definitely worth the wait to get a picture of the staircase when no one is on it.
  • Cool free attraction to get the real feel of the island. If you want to know the culture and stay away from tourist traps, this is worth it. Take a few dollars to tip the historian at the top and look carefully for the opening from the fort.
  • We walked up from the cruise ship and were very glad we did. We happened to come across a local who was a wealth of knowledge at the base of the channel to the stairwell. He gave us at least 15 minutes of great history on the island, the people and the site. A good way to walk off some of that all you can eat and drink cruise ship lifestyle...
  • Amazing and wonderful location with a fantastic story behind it. There was a man working there telling the story with the same name as me! We quickly became friends and adoptive brothers. The history and passion that the locals have for this spot in particular is inspiring. Be sure to tip the people that work in these places though, as they make most of their income that way. The local Bahamians are incredibly friendly and understand that their well being depends on tourists even if they don’t directly interface with them. For those that don’t know the staircase was essentially hewn out of the earth as a path for those who had taken over the island as a means of escape. When the Bahamians were eventually viewed as free people by the Queen she quickly become a beloved figured to the Bahamians. The path was initially just a steep incline but after the Queen died the Bahamians made the staircase in her honor.
  • This is a must see. There were a few men who were giving out information but of course wanted a tip like anywhere in the Bahamas. If you're interested in the history it would be worth it to tip them to hear the facts. Super shady and beautiful. Would highly reccomend.
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