Queen's Staircase Description
Like the pyramids in Egypt, the 65 steps of the Queen's Staircase are a testament to the tragic power of slave labor—you won't want your kids to miss this moving sight. Hewn by hand out of solid limestone in the late eighteenth century, the rough steps descend alongside a solid rock wall in which the marks of hand tools can still be seen. The waterfall alongside the steps is quite majestic.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The uneven stone steps are too much for very short legs or those still unsure on their feet, so bring a backpack for toddlers or carry them.
School-Age Kids: Market stalls sometimes located below sell interesting handicrafts from outlying villages.
- Combine with trip to Fort Fincastle. If you're doing a walking tour of downtown Nassau, the Queen's Staircase is a picturesque way to get to the top of Bennet's Hill, where Fort Fincastle and the Water Tower (visible from below) are located.
- Make the climb. If you're on a horse-drawn carriage or bus tour, make sure the driver lets you out to walk down the staircase; the view from the bottom is worth climbing back up all those steps.
Just the Facts
Hours: Always open.
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour