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Gregorys Arch Bahamas separates Nassau Old Town from the rest of the island. Given its historical significance, give yourself time to check it out.
Gregorys Arch Bahamas is one of the many sites you’ll want to check out while exploring Nassau Old Town. Stretching over Market Street, it separates Downtown Nassau from the rest of New Providence. That combined with its historical significance makes it a Bahamas attraction worth seeing.
Gregorys Arch Bahamas is in the historic area of Nassau. Its location on the island means you can easily visit it, regardless of whether you’re in the capital for a couple of hours or a couple of weeks.
Travelers arriving in Nassau via the cruise terminal can reach Gregroys Arch Nassau on foot in around 10 minutes. While walking to the arch, you’ll also get to see some of the other famous attractions in the city.
If you’re staying at a hotel on Paradise Island or another, more distant location, taxiing or taking a local bus will be the easiest way to reach the arch. Buses will be cheaper but will require a bit of planning beforehand.
You’ll find Gregorys Arch Bahamas at the intersection of Market Street and East Hill Street. Its location is significant, as it’s on the border of Downtown Nassau and the rest of New Providence.
Originally constructed in 1852, the arch’s name honors John Gregory, who was the royal governor of the island at the time. In the 19th Century, Grant’s Town, on the other side of the arch, was a neighborhood for freed slaves. The arch separated that part of the island from the downtown area.
Today, the arch is right next to the Government House, which is the official residence of the current governor of the Bahamas.
Gregorys Arch Bahamas is an interesting site to visit, take a couple of pictures, and appreciate the local history on display.
The arch’s bright pink colors contrast vividly with the natural-looking limestone. As you explore other parts of Nassau, like Parliament Square, you’ll see more pink buildings. From the Senate Building to the House of Assembly, pink structures often have political significance in Nassau.
Closeby to Gregorys Arch Nassau is a staircase. Leading from St. Andrew’s Kirk to the Government House, this flight of stairs is ornate-looking but doesn’t have an official name. It’s another great spot to walk to and appreciate the view. Be sure to visit the more famous Queen’s Staircase further east in Nassau old town.
Positioned on the outskirts of Nassau Old Town, Gregorys Arch Bahamas is surrounded by a menagerie of fascinating sites. While many tourists stick to the same crowded areas, this is a part of Nassau that offers insight into the true nature of the country.
Whether you choose to visit the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas to learn about pirates, slavery, and more or walk up Queen’s Staircase to visit Fort Fincastle, you’ll find the different attractions in Nassau Old Town to be a highlight of your Bahamas vacation.
A visit to Gregorys Arch Bahamas is one of the top things to do in Downtown Nassau. Separating the central area of the capital from the rest of the island, its position and history make it a fascinating site to explore.
When you visit the arch, you’ll want to explore the other sites that Nassau Old Town has to offer. Our other travel guides and interactive map can help you learn more about them. Check out our Nassau Travel Guide Map!
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