If you have time to visit only one fort, see this one. It is by far the largest and covers 100 acres. Located on a hill overlooking the far west end of the harbour, Fort Charlotte commands an impressive view of Paradise Island, Nassau and the harbour.
Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore the fort was named after the wife of King George III, Queen Saharia Charlotte. The middle bastion, Ft. Stanley and the western portion, Ft. D'Arcy were added later.
This fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression.
Tour guides (working for tips) are happy to give you a complete history of the fort. It is one mile west of downtown Nassau, just off West Bay Street.
Step back in time and experience daily life in the 18th century Nassau. Tour historical Fort Charlotte and meet characters dressed in period costume who exhibit basket weaving techniques; kitchen utensils used over 250 years ago and fruits sold at the market.
This living historical scene culminates with the firing of the cannon at 12:00Noon. Every Wednesday and Friday, starting at 11:30am.
Admission & guided tour cost $5.00 per person; and $7.00 per person (includes light snack).
The entrance fee is $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for Children (under 12), $3.00 for Seniors.
West Bay Street (opposite Arawak Cay)
Nassau, The Bahamas
Nassau & Paradise Island