Fort Fincastle Tours

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Overlooking the city of Nassau from its vantage point atop Bennett’s Hill, Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 to protect the island of New Providence from outside invaders. Much of the imposing building remains intact today. Visitors come to explore the fortifications and enjoy the view from the highest point in Nassau.
 
The Basics
Lord Dunmore, serving as governor of the British West Indies, built the paddle steamer–shaped Fort Fincastle as a deterrent for invading troops. It is named after Dunmore’s secondary title, Viscount Fincastle. The limestone walls, 126 feet (38 meters) high and topped with replica cannons, are an impressive sight and take visitors back to the days of pirates and huge navy ships on the high seas.
 
Walking tours and historical sightseeing tours of Nassau often make the trek up the adjacent 66 steps of the Queen’s Staircase to visit the fort and enjoy the panoramic views over Paradise Island. After the fort was decommissioned, it served as both a lighthouse and signal station before being opened to the public.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the fort is via paid ticket.
  • The site is equipped with restrooms.
  • The fort was built with the same limestone excavated to make the nearby Queen’s Staircase.
  • The water tower adjacent to the fort was built in 1928 to help maintain water pressure on the island.
 
How to Get There
Fort Fincastle is located at the top of Bennett’s Hill in Nassau, Bahamas. It is walking distance from points in Downtown Nassau. Most people access the fort on foot—either self-guided or as part of a tour—by walking up Queen’s Staircase. It is also possible to drive here (there is parking on-site) or take a taxi.
 
When to Get There
Fort Fincastle is open seven days a week from 8am–4pm. It is closed on public holidays. There tends to be fewer visitors during the early part of the week.
 
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Address: Nassau, Bahamas
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Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour

Explore Nassau by land and sea during this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Board a catamaran and sail the Bahamian waters for 1.5 hours with a friendly captain. Relax and enjoy scenic views of the harbor and the coast. Then go ashore to explore the historical attractions downtown, such as the Governor's Mansion and the Straw Market, with commentary from your knowledgeable local guide. Visit the legendary Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island for photo ops before your return to Prince George Wharf.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$59,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Nassau Bahamas Highlights Tour

Explore Nassau’s historic sites and attractions in just a few hours on this sightseeing tour, a great choice for a shore excursion or for first-time visitors with limited time. Visit the Queen’s Staircase, Fort Fincastle, Rawson Square, the Governor’s House, and more. Plus, shop for souvenirs at the Straw Market, stick your toes in the sand at the Atlantis Resort, and taste Bahamian rum cake.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$35,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bahamas Culture Tour from Nassau Including Rum Cake

Immerse yourself in the island life of the Bahamas with this sightseeing tour from the city of Nassau. With a local guide, you'll visit a range of sites that reflect the culture and history of the dreamy Caribbean archipelago. Discover herbal teas and remedies at Tasty Teas, sample an authentic piña colada at John Watling's Distillery, and learn about the islands' history as you gaze at the Queen's Staircase. The tour also includes a slice of rum cake at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$50,00
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Shore Excursion: Nassau Bahamas City Tour

Ideal for first-time visitors to Nassau, this guided driving tour covers the key city sights. With your guide, visit Fort Charlotte, a rum cake factory, a rum distillery, and the Queen's Staircase. Take time to shop for souvenirs at the popular Straw Market. Along the way, learn about the Bahamas' culture and history. Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise-ship terminal and returns to the same spot.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$60,00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Nassau Historical City Tour

Discover Nassau's history and culture on this 2-hour guided sightseeing tour. Learn about the city's fascinating past through your local guide's commentary during visits to landmarks like Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle and the Government House. Climb down the famous Queen's staircase and stop by cultural sites like the Straw Market and Arawak Cay. Finish the tour with a delectable visit to a local rum cake factory. Round-trip transportation from Nassau hotels is included. 
  • Duration: 2 hours
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