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  • Address: Elizabeth Ave, Nassau, Bahamas
  • Admission: Free

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Queen's Staircase Tours

The Queen’s Staircase, one of Nassau’s most visited attractions, holds an important place in Bahamian cultural history. Around 1793, slaves carved this 102-foot (31-meter) staircase, comprised of 65 steps, out of solid limestone. Later it was named in honor of Queen Victoria’s 65-year reign and her role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.
 
The Basics
This steep staircase was built to serve as a direct-access shortcut to Fort Fincastle (New Providence Island’s highest point, on Bennet’s Hill) in case of attacks by the Caribbean’s marauding pirates in the 1700s. When visiting the stone staircase, take in the remarkable construction done centuries ago—all by hand. To carve the steps, slaves had to cut through rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools. 
 
The Queen’s Staircase is included on most Nassau highlights tours that visit the island’s most historic sights. With a tour guide, visit other Nassau attractions such as Fort Charlotte, Rawson Square, and Cable Beach via traditional ground transportation or an all-terrain vehicle. Tours and shore excursions leave regularly from Nassau city or the cruise ship terminal. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Queen’s Staircase is a must-see for all visitors to Nassau.
  • The limestone steps of the Queen’s Staircase are steep and a tough climb, suitable only for those with full mobility and proper footwear.
  • The staircase can be slick after a rain, so be careful. (The Bahamas’ rainy season is June through November.)
  • If the 65-step climb sounds daunting, plan to visit Bennet’s Hill and Fort Fincastle first, then walk down the steps from there.

How to Get There
The Queen’s Staircase is located on the northern end of New Providence Island, on Elizabeth Avenue. Use the staircase as a shortcut to Bennet’s Hill and Fort Fincastle. 
 
When to Get There
The staircase is open daily. If you want less populated photos, be sure to show up in the early morning or around sunset when crowds are scarce (they tend to arrive around midday).
 
Views from Fort Fincastle and Bennet’s Hill
Since Bennet’s Hill is the highest point on the island, it’s a favorite for photographers and those in search of whole island views. From Fort Fincastle’s perch, visitors can see Paradise Island and the mammoth Atlantis, Arawak Cay (home to the famous fish fry), and Ardastra Gardens, among other landmarks.

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Nassau Bahamas Highlights Tour, Nassau, null
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Nassau Bahamas Highlights Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Visit Nassau's historic sites such as The Queen's Staircase, Ancient Fort Fin castle, Parliament and Rawson Square and The Governor's House, In this 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour, Nassau, Half-day Tours
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Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Experience the best of Nassau on this exciting tour that will take you on both land and sea. The tour is highlighted by a visit to the world famous Atlantis ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau, Nassau, Half-day Tours
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4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Get ready to shake, rattle and bump in your six-person 4x4 automatic Yahama Buggy as you bob your way around the island on a scenic road trip full of ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $257.00
Nassau Fitness and Sightseeing Tour, Nassau, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Nassau Fitness and Sightseeing Tour

Don't let vacation mode stop you from staying on top of your workout regimen. Take in the scenic views with a workout session that spans the Queen's staircase, ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Private Nassau Island Highlights Tour, Nassau, Half-day Tours
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Private Nassau Island Highlights Tour

Indulge yourself with a luxury mode of transportation and amenities while touring Nassau's lovely attractions. The total duration of your tour will be 2 hours. ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Half-Day Private Nassau City Tour, Nassau, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Private Nassau City Tour

This private tour combines all the top sites in Nassau for a half-day experience. For anyone looking to experience more that Nassau has to offer than port ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $525.00
Shore Excursion: Nassau Bahamas City Tour, Nassau, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Shore Excursion: Nassau Bahamas City Tour

Upon your friendly representative meeting you at the cruise ship terminal to begin your 2-hour tour, visit the Atlantis Resort, Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Bahamas Culture Tour from Nassau Including Rum Cake, Nassau, Ports of Call Tours
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Bahamas Culture Tour from Nassau Including Rum Cake

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You deserve to enjoy your vacation in paradise! Learn about the rich history of the Bahamas, view fascinating landmarks, and discover how Bahamians actually ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Nassau City Scavenger-Hunt Adventure, Nassau, Cultural Tours
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Nassau City Scavenger-Hunt Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Race against the clock and get to know Nassau during a fun-filled scavenger hunt. On this 90-minute adventure, separate into small teams and use a provided map ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.78
Nassau Scooter Rental, Nassau, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Nassau Scooter Rental

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Explore Nassau on your own with a 4, 8 or 24 hour scooter rental. Hop on your new ride and set out to explore this beautiful tropical island, stopping where ...  Read more

Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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