Fort Charlotte

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Underground passages and dungeons lie underneath this old fort, built in 1787.
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AmrKal
Sammamish, WA125 contributions
Nice little fort with great views despite it being a rainy and cloudy day. We went at 12PM and the guide was on a lunch break. Ticketing staff was not very friendly and said the guide will come after the break but tour depends on the weather. So, we just paid the entrance fees of $5.50, enjoyed the fort, gave ourselves some colonial history lessons by reading the boards there . We were the only visitors then.
Written January 2, 2020
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TravisTripper
Austin, TX225 contributions
This is an important historic place with exhibits well laid out describing the fort's construction and history, as well as what life was like living there. It also lays out the history of the competition among the English, Spanish, French and (later) Americans for control of the region. The day I was there, there were 3 large cruise ships in port and downtown Nassau was saturated with passengers and hucksters. The fort was a welcome respite -- I was the only one there (although a small group arrived as I was leaving). It's walking distance to the Fish Fry street, and parking in the area is easy.
Written March 8, 2020
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Len R
Greensboro, NC41 contributions
A nice fort in walking distance from the cruise port. They are supposed to have tours, but no evidence of a tour guide or tour at any time during the hour we spent here. Some history of Nassau, some old cannons and carronades, and you can walk yourself through the fort at your own pace. Ceilings are low, doorways are narrow.

Views of the harbor and the fish fry (Arawak Cay) are very good. We walked to the fish fry for lunch afterwards.
Written February 10, 2020
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awsr
Minnesota37 contributions
My husband and I were in the Bahamas last Nov. We had visited the zoo first this day, then visited quite a few of the historical landmarks. Fort Charlotte was one of them. From the zoo we walked towards downtown Nassau. Our second stop for the day was at Fort Charlotte. It was built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore when Europe was embroiled in the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars. It was named in honor of King George III's wife and was made from blocks that were cut out of the rock. It had thick walls that could withstand cannon fire even though it never did see any war action. The fort crowns the bluff opposite Arawak Cay and gives you an excellent view of western Nassau Harbour. You can even see the gorgeous lighthouse that's over on Paradise
Island from here.
The fort itself is very complex. It's actually three forts built together. Fort Charlotte is the largest section. The middle area is Fort Stanely, and just behind that is Fort D'Arcy, the least developed of the three. At the time of construction, Fort Charlotte was called Dunmore's Folly by the locals because of the staggering expense. It had cost eight times the price than it had originally planned to. Underground passages and
dungeons lie underneath the fort. But what I found the most interesting was that if you looked closely along the limestone walls you could see graffiti that was carved into them. This was done by British West India Regiment soldiers that were stationed there almost 200 years ago. This is an interesting site, and at only $5 relatively inexpensive.
Written February 15, 2010
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atlantisfinder
Detroit, MI14 contributions
If you have the opportunity to see this location it is interesting. It is free, you can’t beat that. There are several tour guides that will take you around and explain what you are seeing, but you are allowed to explore on your own. Take the tour, and tip them a dollar, they are very content and quite humorous during the tour. Not the highlight of the trip but certainly and interesting site.
Written March 13, 2005
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JoeMSP
Saint Louis Park, MN243 contributions
I stopped at Fort Charlotte on my way back from the (dreadful) Ardastra Gardens, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought Fort Charlotte was one of the most interesting attractions in Nassau.

Fort Charlotte was built more than 200 years ago by the British, and it looks much like it did when it was used to protect Nassau from a possible US invasion.

There are many exhibits that describe the hardships soldiers assigned to Fort Charlotte faced. It was considered one of the least desireable postings in the British Empire, because of Nassau's hot, humid climate, and the tropical diseases soldiers faced.

I also liked the views from the fort of Nassau, the cruise ship docks, and Paradise Island.

The only disappointment was the ranger tour. Unlike in the US, the rangers at this fort didn't know a lot about the fort - and he hustled everyone on the tour for tips after it was done. I learned more from the free self guided tour than I did from the ranger.

I'd highly recommend Fort Charlotte to anyone from a history buff, to someone with a casual interest in learning more about the island they are visiting.
Written August 8, 2008
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SavageLand
Orlando, FL338 contributions
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Being from Florida I can appreciate a Fort as we have some wonderful ones up north. On a recent cruise we opted to check out Fort Charlotte after Atlantis turned out to be too much of a cash cow, we wanted something more authentic. We grabbed a bag of conch fritters, a cheap cab and arrived at Fort Charlotte within about 15 minutes.

The parking lot had a number of vendors selling trinkets but they can be quickly bypassed by heading up the trail to the fort.

Fort Charlotte is deceivingly large with a number of large subterranean rooms and an entire courtyard that can be seen over the wall on the far right right side. The areas to explore are quite large and the views of the bay are grand.

The fort did have regular tours that will give the complete history at no extra charge. The entrance fee was only about $2

Overall it's worth checking out if you like history or just like running around like a kid in a Caribbean castle (or an enthusiastic photographer)
Written November 21, 2013
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snogan
Washington DC, DC19 contributions
This fort is midway between Nassau and Cable Beach - an easy bus ride ($1.25) to and from either starting point. If you schedule this trip for mid-morning, you'll be right across Bay Street from Arawak Key and several local eateries for lunch.

As others experienced, we were shown through by a tour guide - even after letting the "ranger" know we'd prefer to be self-guided - and he did rush us through the fort and then solicit a tip. We then started over and walked through at a pace that allowed us to read the exhibits and talk about what life must have been like for soldiers posted there.

We learned quite a bit. Imagine - the Bahamas was considered the worst posting a soldier in His Majesty's army could get! Heat, humidity, woolen uniforms, disease, malnutrition, and no AC or pina coladas. And the townspeople were not at all appreciative of the defense provided by soldiers of color recruited from the West Indies. The Commandant had to post a notice in the local paper informing townsfolk that the guards were armed and had permission to defend themselves. There's also an oven that was used to heat cannon balls into "hot shots" that could be fired at ships in the harbor (if they didn't expand and jam the cannons.)

The view to the north (water side) is marred by construction and commercial shipping, but the fort offers a great panoramic view of the parts of the island that most tourists don't visit.

Traveling with two teenagers, I expected some complaining about educational programming on vacation, but they both enjoyed this. And at $5/adult and $2 for 14 and under, it was completely worthwhile.

Oh, and ChicagoPat76, suggesting that another country "re-hab" their historic landmarks is what makes American tourists so well-loved around the world. Even if you're joking, it's embarassing for the rest of us.
Written January 4, 2012
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RichA252
Charlottetown, Canada411 contributions
Visted while in port on a cruise. A great destination for a little local history and culture. Took the local #10 jitney bus to/from the fort for $1 per person each way. Our boys (aged 7 and 9) really liked taking this mode rather than doing a packaged tour deal - felt they were seeing some of the local flare.

The fort is on a hillside overlooking the harbour. It is quite large and you can easily spend an hour looking through the rooms and reading the interpretive signs. We were there late in the day for the guided tours were not in evidence. Once we were done, we walked back down to the Shore raod and flagged down another jitney bus for the ride back into central Nassau.

Arawak Cay is right across the road at the bottom of the hill and there are also beach park areas in the vicinity.
Written April 21, 2008
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Beth B
Ridgeway, VA1,314 contributions
This is a much bigger fort than Fort Fincastle. The government has started charging $5 a person to go inside but it is a good twenty minute tour. Hopefully, now that it is a paid tour, they will open more of the Fort for touring. There is also Fort Stanley that seems to be part of Fort Charlotte but we didn't go through. There are also additional quarters built nearby that would have been nice to go through but weren't included. (The additional quarters were built because the soldiers in the fort kept getting sick due to poor ventilation.) However, if you go on a cruise tour (Historic Highlights) you only have a 20 minute stop anyway.

They are trying to get some of the artifacts of the fort brought back from where they are on display in England but apparently that is a whole topic unto itself. (This is true for Fort Fincastle too). There is little in the way of artifacts there though it is understandable in the old sleeping quarters where the holes still exist in the ceiling where the posts for the beds were - there would be precious little room if the beds were there. 'Course, they could put in one example....

The graffiti is very neat and there are some beautiful views from the fort. There are several "shops" set up in the parking lot but I couldn't see that there were a lot of original native crafts which you would expect. Tour guides do ask for tips even though it is a paid tour.
Written October 22, 2006
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