Queen's Staircase Tours

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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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Address: Elizabeth Ave, 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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  • Duration: 3 hours
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4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau

There's only one way to explore Nassau, and that's by open-top 4x4 UTV. Choose between a half-day, full-day or a 24-hour rental, then hop in and set off to discover the island on an unforgettable and fun road trip. See hidden gems and famed spots such as the Queen's Staircase, Arawak Cay, Fort Montague, the Water Tower, the Caves or just aimlessly wander, enjoying the freedom of your own 4x4 vehicle.
  • Duration: 1 day
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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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4-Hour Nassau Buggy Ride and Beach Tour

Get off the beaten path on a 4-hour tour from Nassau by UTV (utility task vehicle). With a guide, you'll shake, rattle, and bump along a scenic road, passing by historical and cultural sites before arriving at a beach for snorkeling. Lunch and a beverage are included at a local restaurant. Snorkeling gear is not included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 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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Nassau City Scavenger-Hunt Adventure

Race against time to hunt for clues and complete challenges — and get to know Nassau while you’re at it — on this 1.5-hour scavenger hunt. Separate into teams and set off to explore the Bahamian capital armed with a marked map. Visit some of the city’s best-loved spots, including Parliament Square and the Queen’s Staircase, while collecting points and learning about the city’s art, culture and history. The team who collects the most points in the least amount of time wins. Ready, set, go!
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Nassau Scooter Rental

Explore Nassau on the back of a rental scooter, available for a 4, 8 or 24 hour rental. Get suggestions from the rental center for what to see and do while discovering the highlights of this beautiful Bahamian island on your own scooter. Enjoy customizing your tour of the island and traveling at your own pace.
  • Duration: 1 day
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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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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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Nassau Fitness and Sightseeing Tour

Don't let your vacation get in the way of working out. Explore Nassau’s highlights with a fitness instructor guide and discover how easy it is to stay in shape while you sightsee. Whether you’re running up the Queen’s Staircase or practicing yoga at Cabbage Beach, your instructor can adapt the workouts to your fitness level. Plus, towels and water bottles are provided during your tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Nassau Island Highlights Tour

Explore Nassau on a personalized excursion in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle, and visit three locations of your choice. Opt to see the city’s highlights or customize the itinerary according to your personal preferences, choosing from locations such as Nelly's of Nassau, the Graycliff Cigar Company, or Tasty Teas. Your private tour includes any entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off in Nassau.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$200,00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Half-Day Private Nassau City Tour

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private half-day tour of Nassau. Get to know the Bahamian capital at your own pace with a customized itinerary focused on the places and attractions that interest you. With a dedicated guide, visit local landmarks and listen to commentary on the history, culture, architecture, and cuisine of the Bahamas. Highlights include a cigar factory, a rum distillery, and a lesson on how to make traditional conch salad.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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