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Queen's Staircase

Named to celebrate the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s rule, these limestone stairs flanked by a waterfall are an important landmark in the nation’s capital.

The Bahamas may be known for their idyllic beaches and Caribbean culture, but the most popular attraction in the capital of Nassau is an 18th-century colonial staircase. Carved out of solid limestone by slaves, the Queen’s Staircase is still considered a great feat of architecture and construction. The stairs were created between 1793 and 1794 and were later named for Queen Victoria to acknowledge her 65 years of rule, honoring her for her drive to abolish slavery. 

Together, the 65 steps lead to Bennet’s Hill, about 102 feet (31 meters) above. The staircase is a picturesque destination and a useful one, cutting out much of the journey for those wanting to reach Fort Fincastle and the Nassau Water Tower.

Nestled between two walls, the staircase is sheltered from the heat of the city and offers a beautifully tranquil location. Arrive early in the morning to have the staircase all to yourself, ideal for those wanting a photograph free of other tourists. Reach beyond the steps to run your hands through the waterfall as it cascades alongside the stairs. The artificial waterfall was created to enhance the visual appeal of the location. 

The steps are steep and straight, but not overly challenging. While climbing the steps, take note of the way they have been carved. Axe marks can be seen in many of the steps. As you reach the top you’ll hear the cacophony of local vendors hawking snacks, drinks and souvenirs. Fort Fincastle and the Water Tower are immediately to your right and lookout points with excellent views of the city are nearby.

The Queen’s Staircase is located in central Nassau, just a short walk from the city harbor. A road leads to its summit, so those unable to climb the steps will still have an opportunity to take in the views from Bennet’s Hill. The stairs are open daily.


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Lodging Near Queen's Staircase

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$379
The Cove Atlantis, Autograph Collection

The Cove Atlantis, Autograph Collection

Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island
4.4
of 5, from 506 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Perched above 2 gorgeous white-sand beaches, this all-suite luxury resort stands amid lush landscaping, shimmering waterfalls, freshwater pools, and an enclave within the wonders of the Atlantis Resort.

$279
Comfort Suites Paradise Island

Comfort Suites Paradise Island

Paradise Island Drive, Paradise Island
4.1
of 5, from 1,337 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This casual, all-junior suite property provides guests access to Atlantis and full use of their resort facilities just one block away, and two golf courses are a mile away.

$99
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau

British Colonial Hilton - Nassau

Number One Bay St, Nassau
4.0
of 5, from 894 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Serving as the island's social and business hub, the 288-room beachfront hotel is across from the Straw Market and 5 blocks from Parliament Square. A seaside dining village known as Arawak Cay Fish Fry is 500 yards (457 meters) west of the hotel.

Tangerine Sunsets Murcott

Tangerine Sunsets Murcott

Third Ter., Nassau
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Nassau, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle. Cabbage Beach is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.

Atlantis Royal Towers, Autograph Collection

Atlantis Royal Towers, Autograph Collection

Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island
4.1
of 5, from 1,543 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

These spire-topped towers contain 1,201 rooms and embody the Lost Continent theme offered by the water-park and marine-life Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, which connects by bridge to Nassau.

$135
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nassau

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nassau

West Bay Street At Nassau Street, Nassau
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Nassau, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Junkanoo Beach and Fort Fincastle. National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and Pompey Museum are also within 10 minutes.

Atlantis Beach Tower, Autograph Collection

Atlantis Beach Tower, Autograph Collection

One Casino Drive, Paradise Island
3.9
of 5, from 1,196 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Part of the water-park and marine-life Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, which connects by bridge to Nassau, this 423-room tower at the tranquil east end of the resort lies close to 3 miles of beach.

$155
Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach

West Bay Street, Nassau
3.7
of 5, from 35 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Nassau resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Junkanoo Beach and Fort Fincastle. National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and Haynes Oval are also within 10 minutes.