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

Road Town is a good option for those wishing to visit Fort Charlotte Ruins, since visitors to this region of the Virgin Islands will have the benefit of easy site access during their time there. There isn't much congestion in the area near the historic site, perhaps because there are so few lodging options nearby.

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

When you're ready for some fun in the sun, check out Nanny Cay, the most convenient beach to access from this historical site.


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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