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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  • CreativeGreenAdventures
    Seattle, Washington9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A free fun historic site
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • crsswift
    31 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen's staircase
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Abel R
    Miami, Florida699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very humid. Get ready to sweat.
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Stacy C
    Wilmington, Delaware20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive carving into limestone
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Daydream31039952415
    Georgetown, Kentucky19 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but short attraction.
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,097 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Famous (?) staircase
    This staircase is one of Nassau’s main landmarks - which speaks more to how limited Nassau is as a city than to how impressive this staircase is. It was carved by slaves and traverses a man-made canyon of limestone where chisel marks are still visible. Luscious green vines and trees form an alluring canopy overhead. It’s an impressive sight that “feels” Caribbean. But it’s just a staircase, and the stairs themselves seem to have been refinished. Getting here also requires a walk through a bad area of town and there’s an annoying crush of vendors, cruise ship tourists and self-styled guides who want to provide enough basic historical information to warrant a tip. Not really a deficiency in the staircase itself, but it all detracts from the appeal of the site.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Aaron G
    Los Angeles, California345 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maybe not a must-see, but still a nice little slice of Nassau
    The Queen's Staircase is one of those obligatory, basic sites that just about anyone who visits Nassau is going to see... but it still has its heart, and still makes you feel like it's an intimate experience. Somehow, when my wife and I were there, we almost had it to ourselves, which made for a beautiful visit. And you won't need much time there - a half hour or so is plenty.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
  • PattiandAndy
    Northborough, Massachusetts21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the walk from the port
    Agree with what others have said - you can just walk by the locals trying to scam money from you. Unless you feel like giving them a handout. This is free (primarily why I gave it the 5 stars) and it is a really beautiful sight.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • Paul O
    Essex, United Kingdom71 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth going at least once
    It was absolutely pouring rain when we went . No place to hide for soaked but still a nice place to see . A bit out of the way to get to. A good walk or taxi there. Nice view from the top well it was until the new US embassy got built right in the middle of the view
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2024
  • Jack J
    Catoosa, Oklahoma155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking Visit to the Queen's Staircase
    The Queen's Staircase in Nassau, Bahamas, was an incredible experience. The view was awesome and absolutely breathtaking. The history behind it is truly fascinating and adds so much depth to the visit. A helpful tip: start from the top and go down rather than climbing up, especially on hot days. It makes the visit much more enjoyable. Highly recommend this historic site for anyone visiting Nassau!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2024
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LeeS4
Virginia Beach, VA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
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.
Written 20 February 2023
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Megan
Malinta, OH124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was a nice stop on our cruise tour. We were given a small history talk by our tour guide prior and were not stopped or harangued by any "guides" along the way, but we did see them talking to others. We had to wear bracelets as part of our tour, so maybe that is why they left us alone. The stairs are extremely steep, so if you have mobility or health issues, I would NOT walk up or down. The views are very pretty along the staircase and have many opportunities for photos. There were also some young locals playing drums, which provided another element of culture.
Written 25 July 2022
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Amanda KMJ
Minneapolis, MN264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
My family and I just came back from our trip to the Nassau, Bahamas. I read a lot of reviews online to visit this special spot. It’s definitely worth it. First, it’s free and very beautiful. Lots of greenery. We visited in the later afternoon and there weren’t a lot of people there. Don’t worry about the heat. There’s a lot of shade. The Queen’s Staircase is also close to Fort Fincastle. My fam and I stopped there afterwards for a quick tour. I would recommend adding this to your to-do list when you are in downtown Nassau. Essentially, plan a visit to downtown Nassau, walk over to the Queen’s Staircase, and then visit Fort Fincastle which is at the top of the staircase. Don’t forget to grab a bit to eat along the way. There’s this Filipino restaurant by the hospital that’s got good food. It can be a half day trip!
Written 4 March 2020
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Benjamin R
Rexburg, ID620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This was one of the better things we saw in Nassau. The stairs are impressive from atop, or below. That they were carved out of solid stone is quite amazing, and a bit humbling to consider. It is a lovely place to visit. We approached from the top, and came down the stairs, which gave us a perspective of how much rock had been removed from the hillside.
Written 26 January 2020
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Naa
Bloomfield, NJ8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The fort and queen's staircase is a must visit. when you are there ask for Patrick. he is such a wealth of knowledge and brings the whole place alive with his narration of facts. You cant visit the Bahamas without tapping into a bit of their history and it comes together here.
Written 9 July 2021
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Frank Sories
San Francisco, CA224 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We stopped here for a few minutes on our sightseeing shore excursion bus trip. It's worth a stop and a look to say you were there, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. The way the passageway was carved through solid rock is impressive and the darkness, narrowness, and cooler temperature were unusual on a warm, sunny day.
Written 31 October 2021
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Matthew H
Orem, UT41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We couldn't have loved this place more. Probably our favorite spot on the island. We got caught here in the middle of an absolutely torrential downpour. We were soaked to the skin. The historical guide at the top of the staircase looked at us, shook his head, and said "Welcome to a Bahamas rainstorm." LOL. We laughed and had a great time.
The staircase itself is quite steep, but there's a handrail. It is carved right into the living stone. Once you get to the bottom, you are in a deep chasm and it feels like you are at an attraction in Disneyland. For us it was especially cool because there was a lightning storm raging at the time, and it was just visually spectacular.
Anyway, we loved it and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting.
Written 23 November 2022
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Glowee
New Rochelle, NY445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
As part of our tour we visited the Queen’s Staircase. The history of the building of the Queen’s Stair case is fascinating. The slaves built the stairs from the ocean to build a fort for the French. We were able to see the names of the slaves carved in the walls.
Written 31 March 2021
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Hudsonmccraw
Virginia Beach, VA3,897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
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.
Written 19 March 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,097 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This staircase is one of Nassau’s main landmarks - which speaks more to how limited Nassau is as a city than to how impressive this staircase is.

It was carved by slaves and traverses a man-made canyon of limestone where chisel marks are still visible. Luscious green vines and trees form an alluring canopy overhead. It’s an impressive sight that “feels” Caribbean. But it’s just a staircase, and the stairs themselves seem to have been refinished. Getting here also requires a walk through a bad area of town and there’s an annoying crush of vendors, cruise ship tourists and self-styled guides who want to provide enough basic historical information to warrant a tip. Not really a deficiency in the staircase itself, but it all detracts from the appeal of the site.
Written 17 January 2024
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