Queen's Staircase
Queen's Staircase
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The Queen's Staircase, commonly referred to as the 66 steps, is a major landmark that is located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau. It was hewn out of solid limestone rock by slaves between 1793 and 1794 and it is said that it provided a direct route from Fort Fincastle to Nassau City. These steps were later named in honour of Queen Victoria, who reigned in Britain for 64 years from 1837 to 1901.
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  • Ed
    Edmonton, Canada210 contributions
    Worth A Visit
    I wasn't sure if this would be worth visiting, given it's proximity to the Over The Hill neighbourhood but it was fine. It's beside a major hospital and an easy 10min walk from Bay Street (the main drag). It's a popular attraction with people everywhere. It's a set of stairs leading to Fort Fincastle but the history is interesting - do what I did and just find a big tour group (easy when the cruise ships are docked - pretty well every day), blend in and listen to the narrative.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 9 February 2023
  • LeeS4
    Virginia Beach, Virginia84 contributions
    Beautiful, but watch your back
    Well worth the visit. There was a guy at the top that stopped my group of 11 people (including children). I was at the front and noticed the crowd below was thinning out by the time he let us go. (If traveling in a smaller group, you can walk past him for your safety to not get separated from a crowd.) He told us history of the stairs (nothing you can’t look up online) and said red flowers bloom during the spring. He talked about the waterfall, but there was no waterfall. I’m not sure if they can control it, but it was not active. He asked for a donation after his speech. The view was awesome and I enjoyed it. At the end of the tunnel-like structure (from the trees) there is a bathroom. The women attendants were very friendly and happy to recommend a local eatery. They helped me with directions as well, which was a straight shot out of the staircase to get back to the shops. The way back was less sketch than the way there! The water pressure in the bathroom is less than desirable, but they had soap. It doesn’t hurt to bring supplemental supplies to clean hands if needed when you visit. I think because our group was so large, we had no issues and got to take everything in on our own time. (I did notice the guy at the top of the stairs hold people back from going down the staircase once we were at the bottom.) I heard back on the cruise ship that some smaller groups were less fortunate getting out with all their belongings. Overall, I liked it and appreciated it, but would not go back.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 February 2023
  • 3000calories
    Buffalo, New York824 contributions
    A nice shady walk
    This is only like a five minute thing, especially if you taxi to the top and walk down. Avoid the shops at the top. You get nice photos and the whole walk is in the shade. There are also public restrooms here.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 February 2023
  • John
    Chicago, Illinois8 contributions
    Nice history but underwhelming
    Fountain was under maintenance so not as neat to see as expected. Lots of trash laying around and a bit out of the way to get to. Nice to see from a historical perspective but wouldn't feel the need to see again in the future.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Hudsonmccraw
    Virginia Beach, Virginia2,673 contributions
    An iconic sight in Nassau
    We had several hours to check out Nassau, and among the tops on our list was Queen's Staircase. It was a beautiful place near downtown Nassau, and the temperatures are a bit cooler due to the trees, shrubbery, and the natural walls surrounding the steps to the bottom. It is quite beautiful, and we enjoyed stopping by and relaxing there for a while. Anyone stopping in the capital city of the Bahamas, owes it to themselves to stop by Queen's Staircase.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • jlantern3
    Columbia, South Carolina12,515 contributions
    Still Wonderful
    Been about 10 years since I last visited the staircase,,, still a wonderful site. still, the water falls, fountain not working... nice climb. A free must sight stop if walking around Nassau
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Hexy
    Gloucester, Massachusetts1,109 contributions
    Beautiful area of Nassau
    I booked an excursion through my cruise company and got a great tour of Nassau. The Queen's Staircase was one of the stops. We left the bus at the top near the military fort, which was also interesting to see. There were vendors selling souvenirs. The staircase itself is really tropical and beautiful with waterfalls and jungle-like vegetation all alongside the steps. At the bottom there were street musicians, which I always enjoy. Wonderful area for photos.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Michele S
    Holden, Maine7 contributions
    Queens Staircase is shady, cool, and historic
    Lots of limestone everywhere. Enjoyed hearing the history of the staircase and climbing the stairs up. Walked around the market area and went inside Fincastle Fort to check it out. Lots of views from the top of the Queens staircase at Fincastle. Walked back down the stairs and did see a rat or two hanging out then.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • UncleDawg01
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee159 contributions
    What a cool little jewel amongst the chaos of Nassau.
    We have been to Nassau a couple of times and done the shopping and excursion stuff but never walked to the Queen's Staircase. It was worth the walk, just get directions before leaving the port and don't walk to Queen's Ave like we did. It's a short walk from Bay St and a really great photo opp. Listen to the guide explain the history, it's worth a tip. Then check out the Fort while you're up there.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2023
  • mikeyboy_esq
    Texas167 contributions
    Interesting photo op during our recent Nassau vacay
    This was an interesting spot to visit during our recent Bahamas vacation. We stopped here as part of a bus tour. Local tour guides standing at the top and bottom of the stairs give a brief history and kindly ask for tips. There's not much to do other than walk the stairs and take a few pics, so you only need about 15 minutes to enjoy this place.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
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Daydream31039952415
Georgetown, KY9 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful place for some photos but that's about it. It is cooler than the surrounding areas because of the rock and shadow. Somehow the picturesque was more a testimony to the memory of the slaves that carved it.

There was trash and some rats. And we were bombarded by a few people wanting to sell us stuff. We said no and they backed off.

If you're going there, be sure to travel a little further up to Fort Fincastle and walk around.
Written 12 November 2023
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Stacy C
Wilmington, DE11 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
While there is not much there, the environment is crazy. It is tropical and the stairs are impressive. When you see how steep and carved right into the limestone wall they are! There are people who will want to take you on a tour but we walked past them, said hello and no thank you and kept on our way. Glad we went.
Written 12 November 2023
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Abel R
Miami, FL151 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
My friends and I decided to walk to the Queen’s Staircase from the port. We googled the directions and it took us 15 minutes to get there. Many of the streets don’t have sidewalks so that was a little scary as you don’t want to get run over by the passing cars. We got there very early in the morning and had the staircase to ourselves. We took pictures and appreciated the scenery. Also, it was very humid. It felt like standing inside an Amazon forest.
Written 6 October 2023
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Breanna C
Ogden, UT15 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It’s ok. There’s not much to do here but it’s a great photo opportunity and that’s about it.there are guys that are telling you about their history and expect tips so we just walked passed them and said we’ve already heard the history.
Written 5 October 2023
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Tammy N
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
66 Stairs no sweat the history how the tunnel was dug very educational
It took 2000 Housman days slaves to dig this tunnel.
Written 1 September 2023
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crsswift
Mobile33 contributions
Aug 2023
Beautiful in a way. Long alley with an overhead canopy and filtered light. Somewhat trashy, as in literal trash. The history of the place is very confused. No one seems to be sure exactly when/why it was created or how many slaves worked and died creating it. It was a 20-30 minute hike up from the cruise terminal, you're gonna sweat. Be mindful of traffic and stay to the main roads and you'll be fine. If you visit on your own, you can expect a local to hit you up for a history lesson. If you choose to pass on that, you'll really only need to be there for about 5 minutes for a few pics.
Written 11 August 2023
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female_abroad
Vancouver, Canada164 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
It's a staircase, not really much to say about it... Above it is a fort with a few souvenir spots and below is a parking lot. Is it worth going out of your way for? No. Is it worth exploring while in the area? Sure, why not. The history behind it is interesting but it is not worth going out of your way for.
Written 7 August 2023
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lilwendigirl
Downingtown, PA51 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Interesting historical place we walked to on a self guided tour. A few locals are there explaining the history ( and they expect a tip) . It’s a quick stop and worth it if you are visiting fort fincastle.
Written 6 August 2023
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Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a great, free thing to do in Nassau. The deep gully was built as part of a fortress by slaves but after being emancipated, the slaves as a gift to queen Victoria who outlawed slavery carved the Queen’s staircase. The gully is a nice respite from the heat, the plant life is impressive and there are only 66 stairs so not too many for people in only moderate shape to climb.
Written 3 August 2023
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William S
Sealy, United States15 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful place with lots of history! I love exploring historical sites at the places I visit.
Written 15 July 2023
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