Visit Fort Fincastle. It takes some climbing coming from the waterfront (the Queen’s Staircase is the way to go).
Situated at Society Hill the view from the Fort is fantastic.
The fortress was built around 1793 by Lord Dunmore and was armed with two 24 pounders, two 32 pounders and two 12 pounder cannons.
It served as a lighthouse until September 1817 when the lighthouse on Paradise Island toke over that task.
Go up the 126 feet high water tower, build in 1928 and enjoy the view over the entire island.
The construction is located at about the highest point around.
Around the tower there are some souvenir stalls where you can buy T-shirts at reasonable prices.
Visit Fort Charlotte. it's just a short walk to the West from downtown Nassau to the fort.
The fort was constructed in the late 18th century by British colonial governor Lord Dunmore after the end of the American Revolutionary war. It overlooks the Nassau harbour. The fortress never saw a battle.
Admission is free.
The water tower is located on Bennet's Hill, the highest point of New Providence Island (i.e. Nassau).
The tower is right next to the Queens Staircase and Fort Fincastle. The tower was built in 1928 to maintain water pressure in Nassau. - a round concrete water tower with a flat roof used as an observation platform. The entire tower is white.
Because of Fort Fincastle's location on the highest point of Nassau, it later served as a lighthouse and signal station until 1817, when a lighthouse was constructed on Hog Island. The water tower may still serve as a landfall light for the city from some directions.
The tower is currently closed for renovations. An elevator formerly carried tourists to the roof of this historic tower for a panoramic view of Nassau There was also spiral staircase (216 steps) that provides access to observation deck at the top.
Fort Charlotte is by far the largest fort in Nassau, and covers 100 acres. There is an impressive view of Paradise Island, Nassau and the harbor from the fort. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore the fort was named after the wife of King George III, Queen Saharia Charlotte. The middle bastion, Ft. Stanley and the western portion, Ft. D'Arcy were added later. this fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression. I understand that the exhibits are interactive and give you an insight into the construction of the fort and how the soldiers would have lived there.
The entrance fee for non-residents is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children under 14, this price includes a free, informative guided tour of the fort and it is open from 8am-4pm 7 days a week, including holidays. Tour guides working for tips
We did not go into the fort or pay the admission charge. We just took photos of the outside walls, and the harbor and lighthouse which could be seen from the fort.
Fort Fincastle is one of the three forts remaining from the end of the 18th Century, when the British thought that New Providence was a target for French and Spanish marauders, They built fortifications throughout New Providence and Hog Island (now Paradise Island). The ship-shaped Fort Fincastle was built from cut limestone in the early 1790s during the 1787-96 governorship of Lord Dunmore, an eccentric fort builder. The fort took its name from Dunmore's second title, Viscount Fincastle.
In a letter to the Secretary of State, dated February 17, 1794, Dunmore described the fort as "a battery upon a hill in this island to the Eastwards of the Government House" which not only covers the Battery in Hog Island but all the Town and Road to the Eastward where the enemy might probably have effected a landing."
The fort carried two 24-pounder cannons; two 32-pounders, two 12-pounders and a Howitzer.
Hours: Open Sunday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and holidays.
In the past there was an admission charge for entrance to the fort but it is free until further notice
The sign in photo 5 says: Welcome
Then under the picture it says Fort Fincastle 1960s 1970s
One of a series of fortifications built during the late 1600s and 1700s, this sturdy fort helped protect the island of New Providence and Nassau harbour. Fort Montague to the east and Fort Charlotte to the west also remain standing as do a series of small batteries across the island
Completed circa 1793, Fort Fincastle stood watch over the town of Nassau and its harbour to the east, serving primarily as a lookout post. Though originally armed with seven cannons,this small fort was never tested in battle.
Like a lot of people, we went to Fort Fincastle. We liked it. It was only a dollar, is the highest point on the island, so great photos, and it's right next to the Queen's Staircase, so a two-fer...Plus, there's a reasonably clean public bathroom there, which we took advantage of.
We saw the tower, and I had planned to go up the elevator, who can beat $.50 to get to a view like that? However, our tour guide told us that the elevator is no longer available. Fort Fincastle is now the best option for the highest view on the island. At $1.00, this is a great bargain, and we enjoyed the view from there very much, and the chance to take photos from that vantage point.
A stop at Fort Fincastle was part of our island tour during our cruise stop.
Built in 1793 by the Royal Governor of the islands, Lord Dunsmore, the Viscount Fincastle, to protect the island from invaders. Its garrison never fired a shot in anger. Today, you can climb to the top of the fort where cannons (not the original ones) still stand guard over the surrounding landscape. The fort makes for a neat viewing opportunity, and I would consider it a "must-see" because of the spectacular panoramic views of the ocean it offers from the top. We had fun trying to move the cannons along their track (it is possible - it took the both of us to do it though!)
$1 admission charge. Open Monday-Saturday, 8-5.
There are three main forts in Nassau. One on the west, one in the center and this one on the east. Up until 2011, I had only seen Fort Montagu (which was named after the Duke of Montagu) as we left the harbour to go to the 'out islands' (photo 5). Fort Montagu is on the southeast point of the harbour about two miles from Nassau.
The present Fort Montagu was built by Peter Henry Bruce. He was appointed Chief Engineer to fortify The Bahama Islands on July 1, 1740, and arrived in Nassau on April 21, 1741. First he had to get the materials. Both Governor Tinker, with whom Bruce had come to The Bahamas, and his predecessor, Governor Fitzwilliam, had provided lime, but it was at so great a distance that Bruce made his lime on the spot. Stone which had to be carried from the woods on the heads of the natives as there was no such thing as a "wheel carriage" on the Island.
Fort Fincastle, located on Bennet's Hill, just a few minutes walk from downtown, is a small and interesting fort. What really stand out is how this fort is shaped: like a a paddle-wheel steamer. It was built by Lord Dunmore in 1793 - and this time he dedicated it... to himself. In fact, Fincastle was his second title - Viscount Fincastle.
Like Fort Charlotte, this Fort proved useless in terms of preventing possible attacks - basically because nassau was never attacked. Therefore it was used for a long time as a lighthouse and then as a signal tower. The fort is open Monday through Sunday, from 8 am to 3pm. Entrance is free.
Fort Charlotte is the largest and most interesting fort in Nassau. Charlotte was the name of the wife of King George III - and it is in her honour that Lord Dunmore called it when he had it built in in 1789. The fort is quite impressive, with a moat, a draw-bridge, ramparts, cannons and a dungeon.
The aim was that of protecting the western entrance of Nassau harbor - a noble idea which proved to be a waste of labour and money: no invaders were to come so from this fort not even a single shot was fired. The fort is open daily from 8am to 3pm and entry is now 5 dollars, which will be used for a much needed restauration.