Fort Fincastle, Nassau

Fort Fincastle, Nassau (must see)

Fort Fincastle was built with cut limestone in 1793. Its location on top of Bennet's Hill was chosen as the best strategic location to protect Nassau and the harbor from attacks. Governor John Murray, also known as Lord Dunmore and Viscount Fincastle, was in charge of the fort's construction. Visitors can access the fort by climbing the historic Queen's Staircase.

Fort Fincastle was built in the shape of a paddle-wheel steamer. The fort had a 68 cannon capacity but never fired a single shot. The fort also served as a lighthouse until 1817, when the Paradise Island lighthouse was built.

Bennet's Hill is the highest point on the island, and the fort offers fabulous views of historic Nassau, Paradise Island, and the harbor. Visitors can also read several information signs to learn more about the fort's history.

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Fort Fincastle on Map

Sight Name: Fort Fincastle
Sight Location: Nassau, Bahamas (See walking tours in Nassau)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Nassau, Bahamas

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Create Your Own Walk in Nassau

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Museums & Art Galleries Tour

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Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles