[World Tour Explorations presents
Nassau Walking Tours]
by Michelle Ihrig and Frederick Edgecombe
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Table of Contents
Who We Are
We at World Tour Explorations believe part of the fun of exploring new places is going at your own pace, stopping to observe and to appreciate, and even socializing with locals. We spend hours planning our excursions and conduct research from multiple sources before our trip. We personally vet each location, and we compile our best visits for you to consider for your trip. Our tour ebooks provide a suggested path of exploration and include pictures from our visits.
How We Started
World Tour Explorations was founded by Frederick Edgecombe, a Bahamian, and Michelle Ihrig, an American. The two met at church in April 2009 in The Bahamas. They soon became friends, frequented each other’s homes, and through a collection of discussions, World Tour Explorations was born. Frederick and Michelle even made it as far as meeting with Bahamian officials before the company went on hiatus after Michelle moved back to the States.
Nearly six years later, the two revisited their previous dreams, and World Tour Explorations was resurrected.
As always, please use wisdom when exploring. Use sidewalks and pedestrian crossings where available, and come to a complete stop before reading maps, crossing streets, and looking at your mobile device. We’ve strived to create a tour that follows a safe path; however use common sense. If something doesn’t look or feel right, turn away and tell local authorities.
The pictures and information we provide is accurate based on our visit. As with anything, as time passes, things may change. Again, use wisdom. By using our ebooks, you choose to tour at your own risk and release World Tour Explorations and all persons and subsidiaries affiliated with World Tour Explorations from any legal responsibilities for any harm, damage, loss, injury, or death you may experience before, during, or after the tour.
The Downtown Nassau Historic Walking Tour will give you the opportunity to explore Nassau at your own pace while learning some of The Bahamas’ rich history.
We offer three walking tours to choose from:
Full Tour (FT) includes all the possible locations to visit
Kid Friendly Tour (KF) includes locations in which a stroller could easily pass
Partial Tour (PT) includes a shorter tour with the main highlights
Depending on the tour you choose, follow the directions to the next appropriate location.
[* 1: Festival Place (25.078988, -77.34081) *]
Festival Place, located on Prince George Dock, is home to many vendors selling authentic souvenir products. Guests can arrange guided walking tours, rent scooters, take a horse and carriage ride, or get their hair braided, all from Festival Place. The building was designed by Jackson Burnside, a Bahamian architect, and the building and grounds are maintained by the Ministry of Tourism.
All tours progress to Rawson Square
Directions to Rawson Square from Festival Place
The next stop is Rawson Square. As you exit the gates of Festival Place, head straight down Parliament Street. Take a few short steps south, and you will literally see the northern side of Rawson Square on your left.
[* 2: Rawson Square (25.078347, -77.340446) *]
Rawson Square was created and named in honor of Sir Rawson W. Rawson who was Governor of The Bahamas around 1864. It is now the site of the Churchill Building named in honor of the late British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The building houses the offices of the Prime Minister, Cabinet Members, and the Public Treasury.
The bust located in the center of the Square was sculpted by Randolph Johnson and was added in 1984; it is a rendition of Sir Milo Butler, the first Bahamian Governor General to serve in an independent Bahamas. He occupied the position between 1973 and 1979.
At one point in time, Rawson Square was the main center for many of Nassau’s activities. Imported goods were distributed and resold by local businesses. In the early 20th Century, residents gathered around Rawson Square to be entertained by the Royal Bahamas Police Band on Friday evenings. Today, residents and visitors alike still use this landscaped area and shaded trees to take a break from the heat and relax.
All tours progress to Parliament Square
Directions to Parliament Square from Rawson Square
The next stop is Parliament Square. Just across the street to the south you will find Parliament Square. Please exercise caution while crossing Bay Street.
[* 3: Parliament Square (25.077734, -77.340478) *]
The handiwork of the amazing architecture of the buildings in Parliament Square is of definite influence of the early loyalists from the Carolinas of America. These structures were constructed between 1805 and 1816. At Parliament Square’s center is a statue of Queen Victoria that was erected in 1905, in the month of the Queen’s birthday.
Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London on May 24, 1819. She acceded to the British throne on June 20, 1837, less than a month after her 18th birthday. It was Queen Victoria who declared Nassau a city in 1861.
The House of Assembly is located on the upper floor of the building on Queen Victoria’s left, to the west. Here members of both governing and opposition parties meet to debate and pass laws that govern the land. The lower floor of this building contains offices for persons performing clerical duties for the Government. A section is also allocated where important members of state who have passed away can be viewed by the public before funeral processions.
The center building in Parliament Square is where senators meet to debate legislation and other relevant government issues that were passed in the House of Assembly. The Senate consists of 16 members appointed by the Governor General. Nine of these senators are selected on the advice of the Prime Minister, four on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and three on the advice of the Prime Minister after consultation with the leader of the opposition.
The building flanked to the east, or on the Queen’s right, was once a post office and savings bank. It is being renovated and transformed into a courthouse to assist with the backlog of cases currently on the books of the Judicial System.
All tours progress to the Supreme Court
Directions to the Supreme Court from Parliament Square
The next stop is the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court can be accessed by either going south along Bank Lane or south along Parliament Street.
[* 4: Supreme Court (25.077316, -77.340606) *]
Welcome to the site of the Supreme Court. This magnificent design is worthy of note; it’s bold look resembles the buildings in Parliament Square, but with a more modern appeal. The building was constructed between 1920 and 1921 and houses the Supreme Court, the magistrate court, a registry, a jury room, chambers for the chief justice and attorney general, as well as a law library.
Unlike America, the Supreme Court is not the highest court in The Bahamas’ Judiciary System. The highest court of The Bahamas is the Privy Council which sits in London. The conduct of Bahamian law and legal system still follows the old English tradition. Lawyers still wear gowns and wigs in open court sessions. If you are fortunate to be in the area when court proceedings are occurring, you are welcomed to sit and listen for a short while if you are at least casually dressed. John Travolta and the infamous Anna Nicole Smith are two of the latest celebrities whose cases were heard here.
All tours progress to the Garden of Remembrance.
Directions to the Garden of Remembrance from the Supreme Court
Head slightly south of the Supreme Court to reach the Garden of Remembrance.
[* 5: Garden of Remembrance (25.076782, -77.340649) *]
The central monument of the Garden of Remembrance is called a cenotaph; it was carved by W.V. in 1925. It originally stood on the Frederick Street steps before being moved to this location after World War II. The grounds were developed during the 1950s. The monument services as a memorial to honor the fallen Bahamian soldiers of World Wars I and II as well as the four Bahamas Defense Force Marines who lost their lives at sea when they were attacked by a Cuban fighter jet in 1979. Additional names were later added to commemorate those Bahamians who perished while protecting the freedom of others.
All tours progress to the Nassau Public Library.
Directions to the Nassau Public Library from the Garden of Remembrance
The Nassau Public Library is the pink building just south of the Garden of Remembrance.
[* 6: Nassau Public Library (25.076481, -77.340424) *]
In most cases, you’ve likely seen nicer libraries, but the Nassau Public Library’s rich history and unusual octagonal shape grabs attention. It was built in 1799 and is the oldest building in the square. The original purpose was as a prison before it was converted to a library in 1873. The center floor opens up into eight separate vaults to create the unique design. Each vault has a single window and the space was the actual cell for inmates. The former cells are now stacked with books, documents, and newspapers dating back to 1784. The attic of this building once contained a large bell which was rung to summon members of the House of Assembly to meetings. The Library remains open to the public, and you are welcomed to take a peek inside if time allows.
People following the Family Tour will now go to the Straw Market for the final location.
Directions to the Straw Market.
Turn around and head north toward Festival Place. When you cross the street into Rawson Square, turn left. The Straw Market will be several blocks down Bay Street on your right.
People following the Full and Partial Tours will now go to the Royal Victoria Gardens.
Directions to Royal Victoria Gardens from Nassau Public Library
Just across the street from the Library is the site of the once very popular Royal Victoria Hotel. The street that separates the Nassau Public Library from the Royal Victoria Gardens is named Shirley Street. The two-lane traffic flows in one direction, west. Please cross at the light and wait for the traffic light to turn red before crossing. Then go left along the sidewalk until you see the steps that lead up to the garden.
[* 7: Royal Victoria Gardens (25.075829, -77.340596) *]
The Royal Victoria Gardens was once home to the first luxury hotel in The Bahamas. The Royal Victoria Hotel was built in the midst of the American Civil War in August 1861. During the Civil War, the hotel was the center of both social and business activities. During American prohibition, the hotel became home to bootleggers trying to beat the System. Years later, during World War II, many American and British airmen called the Hotel home. You may have seen the hotel before as several scenes from “Gone with the Wind” were filmed at the Royal Victoria Hotel. The hotel was closed in 1971 and laid vacant for many years. In the mid1990s most of the hotel was burnt to the ground in a terrible fire. Part of the Ministry of Health is located in one of its remaining buildings and the Royal Victoria Gardens remains as a beautiful tribute to an era gone but not forgotten.
Persons following the Full Tour will go to the Main Post Office.
Directions to Post Office from Royal Victoria Gardens
Continue straight through the gardens to reach the multi-story building at the top of the hill.
Persons following the Partial Tour will go to the Central Bank.
Directions to Central Bank from Royal Victoria Gardens
Return to Shirley Street sidewalk and continue heading West, with the flow of traffic. When you reach the intersection at Frederick Street (where the road slightly curves) . Turn right. You will make your first left on Trinity Place and walk along Central Bank before reaching the entrance to Central Bank at Market Street.
[* 8: Post Office (25.075023, -77.340896) *]
The multi-story building at the top of the hill serves as one of the island’s post offices. The Bahamas does not use street addresses for mail deliveries, so most residents would have to collect their mail from one of the 10 post offices on the island. Mail delivery is rather slow compared to U.S. standards, though postage is only 15 cents for sending a letter to someone else in Nassau. The price is higher if letters are sent to other islands or internationally.
Persons wishing to continue on the Full Tour will now go to the Frederick Street Steps.
Directions to Frederick Street Steps from Post Office
While facing the Post Office, turn right and head toward the end of street. Frederick Street steps will be on the right.
Persons wanting to extend the trip to Fort Fincastle and the Water Tower (approximately 0.75 miles/1.3km round-trip) will now progress left. (The views from this area are amazing!)
Directions to Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase from Post Office
The next locations on this journey are Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase which are about a third of a mile away in a southeasterly direction. These are two of our most popular historical attractions. To visit Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase, turn left while facing the post office in which you will be heading east toward East Street. Go right on East Street, heading south and make the first left heading east on Sands Road. As you come to the end of Sands Road, take a right on Elizabeth Avenue and you will see the staircase and Fort Fincastle straight ahead. There are two paths to the summit of this hill, one is to visit the Queen’s Staircase first and climb the 66 steps, or you may walk through the parking lot to use the steps on the right which are not as steep and will lead you to Fort Fincastle.
The next location is Queen’s Staircase; however, if you would prefer the less steep route, just go to Fort Fincastle first then return to the information on the Queen’s Staircase.
[* 8a: Queen’s Staircase (25.074197, -77.337742) *]
The Queen’s Staircase is referred to by locals as the “Sixty-six steps,” although if counted, there are less than 66 steps due to natural erosion. They were carved out of the solid limestone rock by slaves in 1793. It is uncertain whether these steps were solely built to provide soldiers easy access to the fort above in the event of an attack or if they served another purpose as well. The steps got their name some years later to honour Queen Victoria for her reign in England for 65 years and for the role she played in the abolition of slavery in The Bahamas. A man‐made waterfall was added to the attraction, and the site provides a nice shaded area for those requiring rest on a tour.
Directions to Fort Fincastle from Top of Queen’s Staircase
Take a quick right at the top of the steps and continue straight to the Fort. Be aware of local vehicle traffic. Also, many of the items sold by vendors are likely available at the Straw Market at the end of the tour, so it may be best to wait til the end so you won’t need to carry them as you visit the other destinations; bargaining in prices is appropriate.
Directions to Frederick Street Steps from Bottom of Queen’s Staircase
Continue through the cool oasis until the end of the lane. Walk straight until you reach Sands Lane and turn left. Continue straight until East Street, turn right. Take the first left on East Hill Street. Continue straight. Toward the end of the street, you will see Frederick Street Steps on the right. (Please note, if you continued straight, you would be walking over Gregory’s Arch leading to the side entrance of the Government House.)
[* 8b: Fort Fincastle (25.073517, -77.338396) *]
Fort Fincastle was built by Lord Dunmore, former Royal Governor of The Bahamas, on Bennet’s Hill in 1793. From a side view, the fort’s design resembles an early day paddle‐wheel steamer. In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, Nassau had fallen prey to many vicious attacks and invasions by Spaniards and pirates. This hill is one of the highest points on the island near the harbour and was chosen because of its high elevation and it’s clear view of the harbour as a lookout for approaching enemy ships. It has seven cannon type guns which were never fired, probably because pirating and other types of plundering were dying trades after the fort was built.
Directions to Queen’s Staircase from Fort Fincastle
After viewing the fort, continue down the paved street. The entrance to the Queen’s Staircase will be on your left after the street vendors.
Directions to Frederick Street Steps from Fort Fincastle
Close to the start of the Fort you will see a spaced staircase leading down to the hospital parking lot. Follow the path down the steps, walk straight until you reach Sands Lane and turn left. Continue straight until East Street, turn right. Take the first left on East Hill Street. Continue straight. Toward the end of the street, you will see Frederick Street Steps on the right. (Please note, if you continued straight, you would be walking over Gregory’s Arch leading to the side entrance of the Government House.)
[* 9: Frederick Street Steps (25.075567, -77.342978) *]
The Frederick Street Steps join East Hill Street and Frederick Street. They are located on the southern end of Frederick Street. The location was once a road in the 1800s and was converted into steps at the turn of the 20th century. The original Cenotaph remembering the fallen Bahamian soldiers was located at these steps and was later moved to the Garden of Remembrance off Parliament Street. Frederick Street first appeared on Nassau maps in 1739, and it is believed to be named after Wilhelmina Carline Frederick, King George the Second’s wife.
Directions to Central Bank from Frederick Street Steps
Please proceed with extreme caution as you exit Frederick Street Steps on your way to the Central Bank. To get to Central Bank, please walk north along the sidewalk to the right on Frederick Street and cross Shirley Street at the Frederick Street and Shirley Street traffic light. Please wait for the Shirley Street traffic to stop before crossing Shirley Street; please wait for the traffic at Frederick Street to stop before crossing Frederick Street. Once across Frederick Street turn right heading North. You will make your first left on Trinity Place and walk along Central Bank before reaching the entrance to Central Bank at Market Street.
[* 10: Central Bank (25.076728, -77.343482) *]
The Central Bank of The Bahamas was established on June 1, 1974, less than a year after The Bahamas gained independence from Great Britain. The mission of the Central Bank is to foster an environment that monitors stability conducive to economic development and to ensure a stable and sound financial system.
Originally the Bahamian dollar fluctuated with the pound sterling. Though in the mid1960s this was changed to have the dollar be on par with the U.S. dollar offering guests a 1:1 exchange rate. On occasion this building is home to some Bahamian cultural events including art displays and performances by the National Bahamian Youth Choir and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band.
Directions to the Balcony House from Central Bank
Turn Around :) The Balcony House is the pink house across the street from the Central Bank!
[* 11: Balcony House (25.076733, -77.34368) *]
The 1788 plan of the Town of Nassau identified a structure on the property at Prison Lane (now Market Street) on which Balcony House stands. However, no exact construction date has been determined. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries some alterations were made to the original structure of cedar and pine. These include the installation of a mahogany staircase which is said to have been salvaged from a ship during the last century. The latest changes came in the 1940s when an American resident in The Bahamas, Mrs. Marie Josephine Bryce, purchased the house and hired a New York interior decorating firm to outfit it.
In 1985, the Central Bank of The Bahamas acquired Balcony House. The bank, assisted by the Ministry of Works and Utilities, Department of Archives, and Antique Warehouse, restored the house between 1992 and 1993. The present design and furnishings are an honest attempt to recapture the elegance and glory of this historic period house.
Directions to Gregory’s Arch from Balcony House
From the Central Bank entrance at the corner of Trinity Place and Market Street, turn left onto Market Street. You will be able to see Gregory’s Arch in the distance. Because of the lack of quality walkways leading up to the arch, please stop at the Market and Duke Street light to view Gregory’s Arch and remain on the sidewalk.
[* 12: Gregory’s Arch (25.075596, -77.343621) *]
Gregory’s Arch is located just south of Market and Duke Streets and just east of the Governor’s House. Built in 1852, it was named after John Gregory who was royal governor between 1849 and 1854. The purpose of the arch was to create an easy passageway from downtown Nassau to Grant’s Town, a settlement established in the 1820s by Governor Lewis Grant as a home to freed slaves. It is the same arch in which Bahamians would cross carrying their goods from Grants Town and Bain Town to Bay Street to be sold at the local markets. Today, the area on the other side of the arch is still referred to as “over the hill.”
Directions to Government House from Gregory’s Arch
While looking at Gregory’s Arch, turn right and continue along Duke Street. The large pink wall across the street is the outer perimeter of the Government House.
[* 13: Government House (25.076184, -77.34456) *]
The Government House has been the home of the Governor General since the early 1800s. It is located on what is still known as Mount Fitzwilliam, named after a governor who lived in another house on the hill around 1737. The houses on the hill have been built, renovated, and rebuilt several times in history for various reasons including a devastating 1929 hurricane. The columns you see before you today are representative of American Colonial architecture while the pink color and wooden shutters are uniquely Bahamian. The Governor General is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen of England. The Bahamas has had eight people in the position of Governor General as an independent nation in the Commonwealth. The Royal Bahamas Defense Force patrols the compound. The grounds host several cultural and social events throughout the year including concerts, galas, balls, and even an annual Bahamian Red Cross Fair. A statue of Christopher Columbus is located on the north side of the Government House.
Directions to Christ Church from Government House
Turn right on George Street (Christopher Columbus looks down George Street). Continue straight until you reach King Street. Christ Church is on the corner of King and George Streets.
[* 14: Christ Church (25.077409, -77.344249) *]
The foundation stone of the present Christ Church was laid by Governor Sir Francis Cockburn in 1837, occupying the site of four smaller churches. The first church was destroyed by the Spaniards in 1684 and a second one rebuilt in 1695 by Governor Trott. This was also destroyed by the Spaniards in the joint French and Spanish invasion of 1703. A third church of wood began in 1721 under Woodes Rodgers, first Royal Governor, the frame being imported from Carolina. The fourth church of stone was completed between 1753 and 1754: a steeple was added in 1774 but removed in 1827; the church tower was constructed in 1830. The present church, consecrated in 1845 by Bishop Spencer, was enlarged between 1864 -1865. Stained glass-windows were installed in 1869 and replaced in 1945 after being damaged. In 1861, The Diocese of Nassau was created and Christ Church designated “The Cathedral Church of the Bahamas” thus making the town “the City of Nassau.”
Directions to British Colonial Hotel from Christ Church
From the front of Christ Church, turn left on King Street and proceed straight along the side of the Pirates of Nassau. When you reach Baillou Hill Road, carefully cross the street and continue straight. The British Colonial Hilton Hotel is the large building across the street on the right.
[* 15: British Colonial Hilton Hotel (25.077792, -77.345756) *]
Welcome to The British Colonial Hilton Hotel. This site was once the location of Fort Nassau, built in 1697. Despite efforts to keep the fort as a defense to the area, it was ineffective during much of the 18th century, and the island was plundered by invading pirates and Spaniards. In 1787, the fort was replaced by Fort Fincastle as its location on the harbor was obsolete. The fort deteriorated over time and in 1837 was finally demolished. In 1899 the British Colonial Hilton was built on this site by Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler. Years later, the wooden hotel was destroyed by a fire in 1921 and was rebuilt as an exact replica a year later. Inside, the hotel boasts marbled floors, arched ceilings and mahogany furniture. The site has also been used in several James Bond movies. Today, the hotel remains a pillar in the capital city as both a business and social center hosting political meetings, social events, and elaborate weddings.
Persons wishing to spend some time in the water and see the islands largest fort are encouraged to extend their trip and head west.
Carefully cross the street to The British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Then turn left (west) and follow the sidewalk. Continue on W Bay Street. Depending on how far you walk, you will pass Junkanoo Beach on the right, Fort Charlotte and the Cricket Club on the left, and Fish Fry on the right.
Once you reach Fish Fry, if you plan on going to Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, you will follow the signs down the west side of Fort Charlotte. Otherwise, at Fish Fry, turn around and return to the British Colonial Hilton Hotel and continue the tour.
Persons wishing to continue the tour without going to the beach or seeing the fort, continue to Pompey Square.
Directions to Pompey Square from British Colonial Hilton Hotel
Carefully cross the street toward the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Turn right (east) heading toward downtown. Continue along Bay Street. Pompey Square will be on your right.
[* 16: Pompey Square (25.078322, -77.344254) *]
Vendue House or the Bourse as it was also known, was built sometime before 1796 and continued to function as a marketplace where African Slaves and various commodities were sold until the late 1800’s. “Vendue” is a French word meaning sold. The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (B.E.C.) built its first power generating plant on the premises in 1909, and the building was used as B.E.C.’s bill-paying and accounting offices until 1986, when the corporation moved to its new head office complex on Blue Hill Road. In 1992 the Bacardi Corporation provided a generous grant to restore this historic building to its 19th century architectural charm and make it into a museum. The Museum is named after a slave, Pompey, who lived at Steventon, Exuma: one of five estates owned by Lord Rolle in Exuma. Pompey’s generation, as part of their resistance, claimed the land and set up their own commonage. The museum exhibition gallery opened in September 1992. The exhibit portrays the slavery and post-emancipation eras in The Bahamas. The work of Bahamian artist Amos Ferguson is displayed in the art gallery on the second floor.
Directions to Straw Market from Pompey Square
Continue on the sidewalk past Pompey Square. Just a few blocks down the street is the Straw Market on your left.
[* 17: Straw Market (25.078235, -77.343407) *]
Welcome to the Straw Market. Located on Bay Street in Downtown Nassau, the Straw Market
hosts over 600 vendors plus assistants. The Straw Market was started in the 1940s after several
Bahamian women began creating baskets and handbags out of decorated palm and sisal plants;
it was originally located in Rawson Square. In the 1970s, the Straw Market was moved just east
of its present site at the north end of Market Street. A devastating fire on September 4, 2001
destroyed the market with no lives lost. Today in its temporary location, it remains a staple to
visitors looking for authentic Bahamian art including woodcarvings, masks, bags, and jewelry as
well as deep discounts on watches, handbags, t‐shirts, and other souvenirs.
This concludes the World Tour Explorations Walking Tour of Nassau Bahamas.
Thank you for spending part of your vacation with us. We hope you enjoyed your journey and the various options for your self-guided tour.
We’d love to hear from you at .
Michelle and Frederick
We at World Tour Explorations believe part of the fun of exploring new places is going at your own pace, stopping to observe and to appreciate, and even socializing with locals. We spend hours planning our excursions and conduct research from multiple sources before our trip. We personally vet each location, and we compile our best visits for you to consider for your trip. Our tour ebooks provide a suggested path of exploration and include pictures from our visits. Nassau Walking Tours is the first of many self-guided, walking tours created by Michelle Ihrig and Frederick Edgecombe. Frederick is Bahamian and lived in Nassau most of his life. Michelle lived in Nassau for two years as an educator working for the Ministry of Education. Both possess a love of the Islands, enjoy travel, and want to make your visit more memorable. Nassau Walking Tours includes pictures, history, and directions to 17 stops in Downtown Nassau. People may elect to take the Full Tour, of all 17 locations, the Partial Tour, of 15 locations, or the Family Tour, comprising of 8 locations. For those wanting more of an adventure, directions to a further four stops are also mentioned. This ebook is perfect for tourists arriving via cruise ship as the first stop is Festival Place, where you will disembark. Those flying into the Islands simply need to head to Downtown Nassau via jitney (bus) or taxi. We encourage you to become a local for the day, enjoy the weather, and see the islands at your own pace.