Fort Montagu

Photo Credit: © Drew Roberts CC BY

As the oldest still standing fort on New Providence, Fort Montagu is rich in history. Its most famous event was when the fledgling US Navy captured the fort in 1776, took its cannons and brought them to then General Washington's army.


When the fort was originally built it stood tall and proud, containing barracks, a guard room, a powder magazine, and more. Now, the fort stands in ruins, but tourists are drawn to the military attraction. Walk right into the fort and climb the stone steps so that you can look out over the harbor, where you will see what it must have been like to stand watch over your beloved island.

Staying Close

Nassau is a good option for those wishing to visit Fort Montagu, because those staying in this part of the Bahamas will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their visit. There a reasonable number of lodgings in the neighborhood around Fort Montagu.

Hotels near Fort Montagu
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Red Carpet Inn Nassau Hotel 0.4 mi. (5.4 km) W
Orchard Garden Hotel Hotel 0.5 mi. (5.0 km) SSW
Towne Hotel Hotel 2.4 mi. (4.8 km) W
Graycliff Hotel And Restaurant Hotel 2.5 mi. (4.7 km) W
British Colonial Hilton Hotel 2.5 mi. (4.9 km) W
Nassau Junkanoo Resort Resort 2.8 mi. (5.0 km) W
The Corner Hotel Hotel 5.7 mi. (3.6 km) SW

Location and What's Nearby

If you find your belly rumbling after your historic site visit, don't worry -- you can find a great concentration of restaurants in the vicinity. East Villa Restaurant and Lounge, which offers Chinese meals, is also the most convenient option for visitors to this historical site. It is only about a quarter mile away from this landmark, so grab a table and try something off the menu. Starbucks Harbour Bay and Poop Deck Nassau are additional nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Poop Deck Nassau you and your group should be sure to try a bite of Caribbean cuisine and experience the culture of the Bahamas.


Operating Hours

The fort is always open to the public, but guided tours are available between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.


Visitors are welcome to explore the fort free of charge.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (242) 322-7500 Or (242) 325-9186

Location: East Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence


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