Road Town Landmarks

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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.  


In case you like to explore other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name to obtain additional information.

A common landmark for vacationers is Old Government House Museum. It is located within the heart of Road Town. Visited by many royal figures through time, this location once housed all important government functions and was a residence for the governor. The building deteriorated quickly in the tropical climate and was almost demolished.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum. It is found within Road Town. Current operating hours at the museum are from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., though sometimes these hours are extended to 4:00 p.m.

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

The chart below enables you to learn some key facts concerning some museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

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

If you like to experience the history of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Road Town.

St. Phillip's Church is a historical site just on the edge of Road Town. There is no official schedule posted regarding operating hours because this structure is partially a part of nature now. Still, it is best to visit between sun up and sun down.

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.

Take some time to look through the following table for a list of historic sites in Road Town.

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

Travelers can explore some other intriguing places to visit in this area.

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

Bear in mind, you can find some other types of attractions. Take advantage of this page about even more attractions if you want to get additional details.


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