Landmarks in Road Town

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Once frequented by pirates in need of a shore break from their high sea adventures, Road Town is now the center of culture in the British Virgin Islands.  Main Street offers a great focal point, with several buildings circa the 19th century, a historic church, and a museum to get you started learning about the history and heritage of the island.  

Museums

If you like to explore other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Road Town. To read full details concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Old Government House Museum. It is located within the heart of Road Town. Explore the beautiful grounds and building that make up the Old Government House Museum and enjoy pictures of royal visits and occasions that took place here.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum. It is located in Road Town. Inside 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum guests will be treated to a collection of exhibits which display examples of how life was on the island several generations ago. Historical artifacts, relics of daily life, and an exhibit of historic machinery is on display, as is a monthly art selection by a local artist. In addition to culture, the museum also touches on natural history, with a room of photographs discussing animal and plant life throughout the British Virgin Islands.

Folk Museum: Check out old stone tools, pottery and shipwreck items and pick up a t-shirt or souvenir.

The chart right below enables you to learn some key facts concerning some museums you might enjoy in and around Road Town.

Museums In and Around Road Town
Name Phone Location
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (284) 494-9206 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Eugene O'Neal Museum -- Downtown Road Town
Folk Museum (284) 494-3701 ext. 5005 Downtown Road Town
North Shore Shell Museum (284) 495-4714 Little Carrot Bay, 3.7 mi. West of Central Road Town
Old Government House Museum (284) 494-4091 0.5 mi. South of Downtown Road Town
VI Maritime Museum (284) 852-7169 2.5 mi. East of Central Road Town

Historical Sites

Do you enjoy discovering the history of the places you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions while on vacation in Road Town.

St. Phillip's Church is a historical site on the outskirts of Road Town. When the slave trade in Great Brittan was abolished in 1807, the British Royal Navy liberated several ships carrying slaves from British waters. Some of them were brought to Tortola and given plots of land.

An alternative landmark could be Fort Charlotte Ruins. It's a historical site 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.

Britannic Hall: Britannic Hall was built in 1910 and housed the physician's surgery. Although the building is historical in nature, it is best to just drive by for an outside view, because Smith's Gore Real Estate is now operating from within.

Look through this table to learn more about historical sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Road Town
Name Phone Location
Britannic Hall -- Central Road Town
Fort Charlotte Ruins -- 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Road Town
Her Majesty's Prison -- Downtown Road Town
Sir Oliva Georges Plaza -- Central Road Town
St. Phillip's Church -- 1.5 mi. East of Downtown Road Town
Sunday Morning Well -- 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers will experience some other intriguing attractions in Road Town.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Road Town
Name Type Location Island
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail Downtown Road Town Tortola

If you would prefer having a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you might want to think about other locations. To get more information on other attractions for Road Town, check out this page.

 

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