Landmarks in the BVI

See the sights and explore the history of the British Virgin Islands

Photo credit: © Chris Sanfino
 

With a long history, guests should not miss the opportunity to explore the past of the British Virgin Islands. Tour museums, historical sites, and other landmarks scattered throughout these islands.

Museums

Assuming you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in the BVI. Just click on each place's name to obtain complete information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is VI Maritime Museum. It can be found at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and found within Tortola, the BVI. The VI Maritime Museum strives to preserve the history of sailing in the British Virgin Islands. Exhibits include boat frames, tools used in the traditional building methods of boat building, artifacts from the 1867 ship wreck the RMS Rhone, two fully built traditional wooden seine boats that almost half a century old, and more.

Another popular destination is Old Government House Museum. It is located within Road Town, the BVI. Explore the beautiful grounds and building that make up the Old Government House Museum and enjoy pictures of royal visits and occasions that took place here.

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum: Inside 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum guests will be treated to a collection of exhibits which display examples of how life was on the island several generations ago. Historical artifacts, relics of daily life, and an exhibit of historic machinery is on display, as is a monthly art selection by a local artist. In addition to culture, the museum also touches on natural history, with a room of photographs discussing animal and plant life throughout the British Virgin Islands.

The chart just below enables you to learn more details concerning some museums to choose from in the area.

Museums In the BVI
Name Phone Location
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (284) 494-9206 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Eugene O'Neal Museum -- Downtown Road Town
Folk Museum (284) 494-3701 ext. 5005 Downtown Road Town
North Shore Shell Museum (284) 495-4714 1.5 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay
Old Government House Museum (284) 494-4091 0.5 mi. South of Downtown Road Town
VI Maritime Museum (284) 852-7169 1.2 mi. South West of Central Parham Town

Historical Sites

Callwood Historic Distillery

In case you like to learn about the historical roots of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites during your time in the BVI.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Copper Mine Ruins. It can be found at Copper Mine National Park and found within Virgin Gorda, the BVI. Copper was first mined on the island during the 18th century, but it was during the 19th century that Cornish miners built this mine to use for shipments back to Europe. It closed shortly therafter in 1862, and today the ruins make for a great attraction.

Another option is Little Fort Ruins. It's a historical site A small fort and wildlife sanctuary, this site is not exactly easy to access. Experienced hikers and those who are up for a challenge will be rewarded with the chance to explore a historic military compound and spot a number of unique plants.

Fort Recovery: Fort Recovery is the oldest standing fort that is still in tact in the Caribbean. Built by the Dutch, it has never been altered or reconstructed, and it does not stand in ruins.

Glance through the chart below to see historical sites in the area.

Historic Sites In the BVI
Name Phone Location Island
Belmont Archaeological Site -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Britannic Hall -- Downtown Road Town Tortola
Callwood Historic Distillery (284) 495-9383 Cane Garden Bay, Southwestern part of the BVI Tortola
Copper Mine Ruins (284) 852-3650 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Fort Charlotte Ruins -- 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Fort Recovery (284) 495-4467 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola
Her Majesty's Prison -- Downtown Road Town Tortola
John Lettsom House -- 0.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Josiah's Bay Plantation -- 1.3 mi. West of Central Parham Town Tortola
Little Fort Ruins (284) 852-3650 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Old Methodist Church -- 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Sir Oliva Georges Plaza -- Downtown Road Town Tortola
St. Michael Church Ruins -- 1.3 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
St. Phillip's Church -- 1.5 mi. East of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Sunday Morning Well -- 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town Tortola
The Dungeon -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Thornton Plantation -- 2.2 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Vigilant Sloop (284) 495-4168 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay

If you are seeking a wider variety of points of interest beyond just these, you might want to look beyond these choices. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, visit this page.

 

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