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

Her Majesty's Prison is located in downtown Road Town, so travelers to this region of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to have convenient access to the historical site during their time there. There isn't much congestion in the area near the historic site, especially as there aren't many places to stay close.

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

If you're ready for some outdoor excitement, think about Tiny Trunk Bay, the most convenient beach to access from Her Majesty's Prison.


Contact Information

Location: Main Street, downtown Road Town, Tortola


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