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

Consider staying in downtown Road Town if you plan on visiting Her Majesty's Prison, as visitors to this region of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. With just a small number of accommodations in the neighborhood within the vicinity of this historical site, only moderate tourist traffic might be anticipated.

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

You certainly won't go hungry if you're spending time near this historical site; you'll find a plentiful supply of dining possibilities within traveling distance. D' Best Cup is an ideal eatery to eat before spending time at Her Majesty's Prison, and is the closest restaurant to it. D' Best Cup is a short distance off, but removed enough that you might want to aim for employing a type of transportation to get there. French Deli and Calypso Cafe are some of the other refreshment choices nearby. At Calypso Cafe you and your companions should test out eclectic cuisine and enjoy the local foods and culture of the Virgin Islands.


Contact Information

Location: Main Street, downtown Road Town, Tortola


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