Her Majesty's Prison

Dating back to the 1770s, Her Majesty's Prison is the oldest building in Road Town. In March of 2013, the BVI Minister of Communications announced that this was the spot of the newest museum to open on the islands. Restoration efforts are currently underway, and soon this building will house a museum about island history.


Aside from being the oldest building in Road Town, Her Majesties Prison was also the longest continually run prison on the island until is closed in 1995. It is famous for being the spot of the execution of Arthur W. Hodge on May 8, 1811 for the murder of a slave. Since the building closed in 1995, it was used for an immigration department, fire department, police station, and passport office. Many people still stop by to read the plaque on the front, which says "This is the original prison and was in continual use until 1995. Within the walls of the prison the murders were hanged and buried. Arthur Hodge, a plantation owner, was sentenced for the murder of a slave, and in 1811 he was hanged at the rear of the prison."

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Her Majesty's Prison may choose to book their trip in downtown Road Town, as travelers to this region of the Virgin Islands will have the benefit of easy site access for the duration of their trip. Despite the fact that the area isn't necessarily a tourism capital, you'll nevertheless find at least a few hotels to choose from.

Hotels near Her Majesty's Prison
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Maria Hotel by the Sea Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) S
Village Cay Resort & Marina Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) NW
Mooring-Mariner Inn Hotel -- --
Treasure Isle Hotel Hotel 0.4 mi. (0.7 km) N
Fort Burt Hotel Hotel 0.6 mi. (1.0 km) S
Prospect Reef Resort Resort 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) S

Location and What's Nearby

Historic site guests will have no problem finding a meal, since there is a concentration of local restaurants within traveling distance. D' Best Cup is a great eatery to dine before your day at Her Majesty's Prison, and is the closest restaurant to it. The dining establishment is a short ways away, but distant enough that you might decide to arrange for taking advantage of a type of transport to get there. French Deli and Calypso Cafe are some of the additional food and drink options near Her Majesty's Prison. At Calypso Cafe you and your party may sample eclectic fare and enjoy the local foods and culture of the Virgin Islands.


Contact Information

Location: Main Street, Road Town, Tortola


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