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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. Make Queen's Staircase part of your personalized Nassau itinerary using our Nassau tour planner.
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  • This grotto and staircase lead up the fort and water tower at the highest point on the island for excellent views. The staircase area is in a state of neglect and the water feature at the end is not w...  more »
  • Go see this with someone that knows the local history and color very interesting small shops with lots of color... 
  • My husband and I wanted to see a landmark that we could truly enjoy and learn from. And this was exactly that! It is first off free of charge, which is odd in the islands- but you are greeted by a man...  more »
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  • Have been to the island many times and I finally decided to do some more touristy things beside just sitting on the beach. Dragged my boyfriend to come with me and were extremely impressed by Antonio who gave us a historical speech about the staircase, island, and the people of Bahamas.
  • One has to work to get away from the touristy side of Nassau, this is well worth the trip. Its an amazing piece of work, unfortunately its a scar of slavery.
  • Thanks to the other Google reviewers, we were easily able to find the Queen's Staircase (just south of Sands Rd.). We were greeted by Perry, our unofficial tour guide. There were several gentlemen on hand to offer a history of the island and the forts, to put the Queen's Staircase in historical context. They gladly accept tips ;) One of the best parts of the visit was walking through downtown to get to the site--the stroll and the visit to the Staircase offered a nice break from the touristy areas and a glimpse into Bahamian history and culture. The site is not totally pristine; there are vendors along the pathway to the Staircase and near Fort Fincastle at the top of the Staircase. Pick up a souvenir to celebrate climbing all those steps!
  • The Queen's Staircase is a must see for it's historical significance. It is a little awkward because the locals will tell you information about the staircase (whether you want them to or not) and they will expect a tip from you...so be prepared. It was still definitely worth the walk to see it!
  • Not a far walk from port so unless you are wealthy and just like to spend money or are just very nice and want to support the island with a taxi ride there then go ahead. Plenty of vendors at the fort