Fort Charlotte Ruins

Set atop Harrigan's Hill, Fort Charlotte was named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, King George III's wife. It was built in 1794 in such a manner that canon fire from a ship in the harbor would not be able to reach it, and anyone who wanted to overtake the fort would have to do it scaling a hill under heavy fire. Needless to say, this is one fort in the Caribbean that never fell.


In complete ruins and overrun by local vegetation, there are still a few recognizable structures from the glory days of Fort Charlotte including a cistern and an underground magazine. The government has, however, shut these down due to the risk of falling in.

Staying Close

Fort Charlotte Ruins is located in Road Town, ensuring travelers to this region of the Virgin Islands will have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. With just a few hotels in the area within the vicinity of this historical site, relatively little foot movement might be anticipated.

Hotels near Fort Charlotte Ruins
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Maria Hotel by the Sea Hotel -- --
Fort Burt Hotel Hotel -- --
Village Cay Resort & Marina Hotel -- --
Prospect Reef Resort Resort -- --
Mooring-Mariner Inn Hotel -- --
Treasure Isle Hotel Hotel -- --

Location and What's Nearby

Of course, one of the most exciting options while spending a few hours exploring the area could be having a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of this historical site. Capriccio di Mare, which offers Italian fare, is also the most convenient option for visitors to this historical site. Pusser's Road Town Pub and Palm Terrace are some of the other restaurant choices nearby where visitors will be able to try a new dish and experience the Virgin Islands culture.


Operating Hours

Officially, Fort Charlotte is set upon private land, and should not be accessible to the public. Still, the owners have been known to be laid back about allowing tourists to hike the trail to catch a glimpse of the ruins.


There is no charge to visit Fort Charlotte.

Contact Information

Location: Fort Charlotte Road, Road Town, Tortola


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