Queen's Staircase
Queen's Staircase
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This limestone staircase was built by slaves to honor Queen Victoria's help in the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas.
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Megan
Malinta, OH84 contributions
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 July 25, 2022
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Lainie L
New York City, NY56 contributions
The history behind the staircase is interesting.

Naturally, there are a couple of locals stationed here to tell you the story behind it (for a modest tip, natch!)

The staircase is very steep, damp, I wouldn't recommend the elderly to make the descent, but still cool to see, as well as the manmade waterfall.

It's dark, narrow, and kind of creepy when you reach the bottom.

Would I come out of my way to see this?

No. I only came because the cabbie giving me and my sis a tour stopped here, and I'm glad he did.
Written March 8, 2022
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Frank Sories
San Francisco, CA227 contributions
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 October 31, 2021
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orion0116
Calgary, Alberta58 contributions
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This is a staircase that once appears to have had fountains and other decorations carved into it. There are no details unless you pay for a guide which is a shame because there must be a rich history here. Use it to access Ft Fincastle… and that’s all
Written August 17, 2022
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX1,042 contributions
It's well worth your time to stop at the Queen's Staircase. Hewn out of solid limestone, make sure you get pictures from both the top and bottom. It's also better to go with a guide so you can learn about the interesting history of this landmark.
Written June 28, 2020
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Naa
Bloomfield, NJ8 contributions
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 July 9, 2021
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jimritch
Pittsburgh, PA98 contributions
The QS is something you probably want to see if you're in Nassau. But there really isn't much to it. I wish there had been more interpretive material on site (signs, attendants, etc). We stretched our visit to 15 minutes, walked up, walked down, spoke a few minutes with a guitar-playing street performer trying to make a few bucks. I left wishing the had been more ... something
Written February 7, 2020
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Glowee
New Rochelle, NY451 contributions
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 March 31, 2021
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Brad P
Dallas, TX65 contributions
Just back from a hike from the ferry to the staircase and the fort at the top. Not much to see between the boat and the staircase - it just eventually appears and is nice - but it is just the staircase. Nice history and good story.

Once at the top there are vendors and the fort. Nice view of the island from the platform at the top of the fort. Both worth the visit if you are exploring town - but build this in to additional activities like downtown or larger island tour.
Written August 1, 2022
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RCMommy
London, Canada524 contributions
It's an old staircase with some history. It was good to see. Would I go out of my way to say I walked the steps? No. Was it good to see because we were right in the area. Of course. Our taxi driver was smart and took us to the top to see the fort first at the top of the hill. We then walked the shops down and around to the top of the steps. A "guide" was at the top and told us the history whether we wanted it or not (not, because our driver had already told us) and spoke so fast it was nearly incomprehensible. After a minute of talking he told us he works for tips. Gave him a couple bucks and walked down the steps for a few pics and back in to the taxi to move on.
Written July 19, 2022
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