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

Those wishing to visit Fort Montagu may choose to book their trip in Nassau, as those staying in this area of the Bahamas will be pleased to have easy site access for the duration of their trip. While the area isn't over-crowded, you will still find a reasonable selection of hotel options to pick from.

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
Nassau Palm Hotel Hotel 2.8 mi. (5.0 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

You won't have a hunger problem if you linger at this historic site; you're going to find a plentiful supply of food offerings within traveling distance. The most convenient eatery is East Villa Restaurant and Lounge, which serves Chinese dishes. Montagu Gardens and Starbucks Harbour Bay are additional restaurant options within reach of this location. At Starbucks Harbour Bay you might try out American 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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