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, Florida696 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, Virginia2,098 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, Oklahoma154 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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SpanishteacherMD
Ellicott City, Maryland2,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Solo
Truly a hidden gem in Nassau. Make sure to have your walking shoes on, a bottle of water, and your camera. Just an incredible site to see...and to climb. I would highly recommend this site of the beaten path. Take your time going up or walking down. Lots of people here, totally safe, nice escape from the sun.
Written 14 July 2024
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
We had a long walk here without sidewalks in a few places. The Queens Staircase is 66 stairs and right around the corner from Fort Fincastle. There were a lot of people. It offers a nice shaded area. The stairs are free.
Written 6 July 2024
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Jesus
Wildomar, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Great place to check out. Walk save the cab fairs. Plan to soak it in and it’ll be maybe a 20-30 minute excursion to check out and it’s free.
Written 15 June 2024
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
66 steps, though erosion and repavement have brought it down to around 64 steps. Cool and relaxing to walk through the ravine in the shade.
Written 9 June 2024
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Jack J
Catoosa, OK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
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!
Written 2 June 2024
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Delong187
Bangor, ME177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very cool to see in person. We started from the top, got a coconut for a drink and walked down the stairs. It was impressive to see the work these people have done. At the bottom it’s like a mini jungle and very neat to see.
Written 17 April 2024
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Grete S R
Northern Norway, Norway1,085 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A short walk from the port - you do not need a guide or a local to find this place.
There is no admission - and it is a small and nice oasis of green. If you have the time - wait around for the big groups of people to move on - then it also become a quiet oasis.
Written 7 April 2024
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Paul O
Essex, UK71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
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
Written 8 March 2024
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PattiandAndy
Northborough, MA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 26 February 2024
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Aaron G
Los Angeles, CA345 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 18 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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