This 18th century military complex is located on a high ridge running parallel to West Bay Street. Its elevated position offers stunning views of Nassau Harbour. The fort is within walking distance from Downtown Nassau and a short 15-20 minute cab drive from most major resorts on the island.
Constructed during the governorship of Lord Dunmore, Fort Charlotte was named in honor of the wife of King George III. The physical structure, composed of solid rock, was built over a 32-year period from the start of construction in 1787 to completion in 1819.
The fort is actually comprised of three distinct forts: Fort Charlotte to the east, Fort Stanley in the center and Fort D’Arcy, to the west.
A dry moat surrounds Fort Charlotte and is spanned by a wooden bridge on the north side. The forts and military installations in New Providence and throughout The Bahamas, formed such an insurmountable defence system that potential invaders were discouraged and as a result these forts never fired a gun in battle.
Today, the complex is outfitted with exhibits depicting the history past of the fort. Reenactments and historic weapon firing are a part of the ongoing interpretative program at the fort.
Hours: Open Sunday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $1.00 plus VAT
Location: On West Bay Street, a block away from Nassau Street and three blocks from downtown.
Phone: (242) 326-4872, (242) 326-4861 and (242) 325-9186
Fax: (242) 325-2298