Fort Fincastle
Fort Fincastle
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The top of this 126-foot fort offers spectacular panoramic views of the ocean.
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  • bcsystems
    Ann Arbor, Michigan3,996 contributions
    Small Fort
    Our tour stopped here for 15 minutes. The Fort is very small and there is an entrance fee. Didn't bother to pay and go inside though the guide said if you go up top, there are some good views of the island for pictures. Around the Fort at the typical souvenir stands.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 2, 2023
  • LeeS4
    Virginia Beach, Virginia84 contributions
    Not much to it
    I have been spoiled by my local forts because this was not much of anything. You pay $2 admission to see some cannons, an overlook, a film in the old armory, and 2 other rooms of displays. There wasn’t much to this fort at all. You could skip it if you didn’t want to see the overlook. The place is surrounded by shops you can negotiate with. There are tons of choices. I would not stay too long because the only bathroom is after you descend the Queen’s Staircase. There was a bathroom at the end of the shops, but a woman was keeping guard and a sign said it was out of order. There was a local that said the staircase was one way, but tourists were going both directions. The local vendors were extremely friendly. They seemed more than willing to help even if you didn’t buy from them.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 20, 2023
  • Island Spotters
    Boston, Massachusetts6 contributions
    Pay the money tour the fort and scope out the view, well worth it!
    We made our own walking tour in Nassau and Fort Fincastle was one of our stops. The admission was $3 plus VAT tax for six of us we paid $20. The gate person who collected our tickets gave us a guided tour. He was fun and informative. You can visit the fort on the outside without paying admission, but I suggest paying the few dollars and learning why the for was built the way it was, extremely interesting. There is a restroom at the fort and you can buy bottled water at the ticket window. There are also local vendors selling goods at the top of the hill where the fort is located Tip: the Queens Staircase is located at the fort, you can get two for one attractions!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 16, 2023
  • jlantern3
    Columbia, South Carolina12,515 contributions
    A dandy of a small fort
    visited again after many years- still a delightful little fort. Offers great view. If your feeling strong, you can push the cannons... nice signage telling the history. Really cheap to go inside. As a fan of forts and history, I recommend stopping by
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • female_abroad
    Vancouver, Canada164 contributions
    Highlight is the view
    Decent, 360 degree view of the area but besides that, there isn't much to rave about. The fort had a gentleman tell us the history when we first enter before climbing up to the view point. Back at the base there was a massive parking lot with few souvenir huts and "Big Mama" was the main draw as she was the loudest out of all the sellers. Just past the parking lot you are met by a gentleman who will tell you the history of the Queen's Staircase for a tip before you descend it. Or you can just walk down it to the parking lot below without knowing the history. if you have to choose, go to Fort Charlotte.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 7, 2023
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female_abroad
Vancouver, Canada164 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Friends
Decent, 360 degree view of the area but besides that, there isn't much to rave about. The fort had a gentleman tell us the history when we first enter before climbing up to the view point. Back at the base there was a massive parking lot with few souvenir huts and "Big Mama" was the main draw as she was the loudest out of all the sellers. Just past the parking lot you are met by a gentleman who will tell you the history of the Queen's Staircase for a tip before you descend it. Or you can just walk down it to the parking lot below without knowing the history. if you have to choose, go to Fort Charlotte.
Written August 7, 2023
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William S
Sealy, United States15 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
The fort is amazing and historical. I enjoy historical places. The tour is informative and satisfying. We truly enjoyed seeing it and learning its history! I recommend it to all history buffs.
Written July 15, 2023
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UncleDawg01
Mount Juliet, TN159 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Family
Leave the port and go up hill and to the left. Aim for the big, white water tower looking thing. Don't ask directions, they sent us to Queen's Ave instead of the Queen's Staircase. And don't use Google, it brought us around the back side of the fort in the "Over the Hill" area that is pretty sketchy. When you get to the Fort, pay to go inside and let the guide give you a tour. We saw so many people decline the tour offer and it was wonderful, informative and really made the Fort come alive. Take pictures of the Queen's Staircase on your way to and from the fort. The only negative to the whole thing is that the Mini-Straw market has sprung up around the fort, so you have to deal with the hagglers as you walk in.
Written June 12, 2023
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Steve Armitage
Mastic, NY55 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Family
Nice fort and excellent to see inside of it. You get a better perspective when inside than outside of it.
Written June 12, 2023
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Van H
Birmingham, AL65 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Friends
Very interesting. The guide was over the top informational.
He pointed out all the land mark around the fort.
Probably one of the smallest fort I have ever be in.
Must see if you like history.
Written May 27, 2023
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,515 contributions
Mar. 2023
visited again after many years- still a delightful little fort. Offers great view. If your feeling strong, you can push the cannons... nice signage telling the history. Really cheap to go inside. As a fan of forts and history, I recommend stopping by
Written March 21, 2023
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Rebecca O
Ridgewood, NY1,712 contributions
Mar. 2023
We came here during our stopover from our cruise during a guided tour. There is a small fee to go in so we took pictures outside only. It’s by the queens staircase and water tower. There are shopping stalls surrounding.
Written March 18, 2023
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Island Spotters
Boston, MA6 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Family
We made our own walking tour in Nassau and Fort Fincastle was one of our stops. The admission was $3 plus VAT tax for six of us we paid $20. The gate person who collected our tickets gave us a guided tour. He was fun and informative. You can visit the fort on the outside without paying admission, but I suggest paying the few dollars and learning why the for was built the way it was, extremely interesting. There is a restroom at the fort and you can buy bottled water at the ticket window. There are also local vendors selling goods at the top of the hill where the fort is located Tip: the Queens Staircase is located at the fort, you can get two for one attractions!
Written March 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LeeS4
Virginia Beach, VA84 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Family
I have been spoiled by my local forts because this was not much of anything. You pay $2 admission to see some cannons, an overlook, a film in the old armory, and 2 other rooms of displays. There wasn’t much to this fort at all. You could skip it if you didn’t want to see the overlook.
The place is surrounded by shops you can negotiate with. There are tons of choices. I would not stay too long because the only bathroom is after you descend the Queen’s Staircase. There was a bathroom at the end of the shops, but a woman was keeping guard and a sign said it was out of order. There was a local that said the staircase was one way, but tourists were going both directions.
The local vendors were extremely friendly. They seemed more than willing to help even if you didn’t buy from them.
Written February 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Connie S
Tahlequah, OK42 contributions
Feb. 2023
We had an interesting tour thanks to Roston. He was informative and entertaining as he explained what we were seeing. Had we toured on our own we would have missed a lot. Lovely site.
Written February 13, 2023
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