Queen's Staircase Tours and Activities

Queen's Staircase

The Queen’s Staircase is a must-see in the Bahamas. It’s located in Fort Fincastle, on the island of Nassau, and it’s carved out of solid limestone rock. The staircase got its name after Queen Victoria visited the islands in 1837 and climbed up the steps to see a beautiful view of Nassau. If you’re visiting or live in the Bahamas, make sure to visit this historic staircase!


is located in Fort Fincastle. The staircase is located in the Bahamas, and it’s one of many museums open to the public on New Providence Island.

The approach to Fort Fincastle is lined with cannons, which you can see if you look closely as you walk down Bay Street toward it. You can tell they’re old because they don’t have any markings or numbers on them.

It provided a direct route from Fort Fincastle to Nassau City, established in 1787 by Loyalists who had fled the American Revolution.


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The History of The Queen Staircase

The Queen’s Staircase is one of the most famous landmarks in the Bahamas, and it has been featured in many movies and TV shows. The staircase was built to connect Government House, the official residence of the governor of the Bahamas, with Fort Fincastle, which was also used as a prison.

The staircase was built by slaves in 1793 who had no formal training or experience in stone masonry. They carved out 66 steps from solid limestone rock using only hand tools. The slaves were forced to work long hours under harsh conditions, but they managed to complete their tasks in just three years.

The steps were named after Queen Victoria, who visited Nassau in 1837 and admired them greatly. The Queen’s Staircase has been featured in several movies; Dead Men Tell No Tales and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of Nassau and Pirates.

It also appeared on television shows such as Blue Bloods Season 5 Episode 1, CSI Miami Season 14 Episode 2, and Criminal Minds Season 8 Episode 2.

The staircase has 66 steps, each of which is precisely the same height. This allows the Queen’s Staircase to be used as an accurate sundial. The steps are made of limestone called ‘Limestone Rock,’ a native rock of the Bahamas.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed when marine organisms die, settle on the sea floor, and are covered by more layers of dead organisms. These layers eventually become compacted into limestone. Limestone primarily comprises calcium carbonate, which can be dissolved in water to form highly alkaline solutions.


The Bahamas are home to many types of limestone, including fossiliferous limestone (made from the remains of marine organisms) and oolitic limestone (made from spherical grains). This type of stone was used to build The Queen’s Staircase because it’s durable and easy to work with. It also has beautiful patterns created by fossils in its composition!