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, since visitors to this area of the Bahamas will have the benefit of easy access to this historic attraction during their time there. There is an adequate quantity of lodgings in the neighborhood surrounding 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 0.8 mi. (4.5 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

Those who choose to visit Fort Montagu will be able to enjoy at least a couple recreational opportunities like playing a few holes of golf and enjoying water sports not far away. Historic site visitors with a keen interest in golf should look into the nearest course, Albany Golf Course. If golf doesn't tickle your fancy, other outdoor options exist, including Montagu Bay Beach, the most convenient beach to visit. Also, you might come across one or two additional beach and golf opportunities in the neighborhood. Historic site guests will also find a fair number of interesting places out of the sun in this general vicinity. There are a pair of spots worth checking out -The Retreat National Park and Malcom's Park- both of which are located rather close to the historic site.


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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