Tortola Landmarks

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There are more museums, ruins, historic buildings, and other landmarks on Tortola than any other island in the British Virgin Islands.  If learning about local culture is an important part of a vacation for you, start in Road Town.  As the island chain's capital and busiest city, you'll find many of the main points of interest to be centered within walking distance of one another here. 


If you enjoy learning about other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation on Tortola. You can click on the museum names to see complete information.

One popular destination is VI Maritime Museum. It is situated at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and situated in eastern Tortola. Set on the second floor of the Centre of Applied Marine Studies at H. Lavity Stoutt Community Collage, the VI Maritime Museum honors the rich boat building history of the British Virgin Islands.

Another popular destination is Old Government House Museum. It is found within Road Town, in central Tortola. 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.

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum: 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.

The chart below lists a few details concerning some museums to consider on Tortola.

Museums On Tortola
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 1.5 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay
Old Government House Museum (284) 494-4091 0.5 mi. South of Downtown Road Town
VI Maritime Museum (284) 852-7169 1.2 mi. South West of Central Parham Town

Historical Sites

Callwood Historic Distillery

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites during your vacation.

Callwood Historic Distillery is a historical site Guests are welcome to tour the property and watch as rum is being made using the original boiler and the stored in historic storage casks. The Old Guard House remains intact and opened as an art gallery of local artists and gift shop where you can purchase the rum.

Another popular destination is Fort Recovery. It is Recovery, in southwestern Tortola. Fort Recovery is the oldest standing fort that is still in tact in the Caribbean. Built by the Dutch, it has never been altered or reconstructed, and it does not stand in ruins.

St. Phillip's Church: 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.

Check out the table below to see historic sites on the island.

Historic Sites On Tortola
Name Phone Location
Belmont Archaeological Site -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay
Britannic Hall -- Downtown Road Town
Callwood Historic Distillery (284) 495-9383 Cane Garden Bay, Western part of Tortola
Fort Charlotte Ruins -- 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Road Town
Fort Recovery (284) 495-4467 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay
Her Majesty's Prison -- Downtown Road Town
John Lettsom House -- 0.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay
Josiah's Bay Plantation -- 1.3 mi. West of Central Parham Town
Sir Oliva Georges Plaza -- Downtown Road Town
St. Michael Church Ruins -- 1.3 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay
St. Phillip's Church -- 1.5 mi. East of Downtown Road Town
Sunday Morning Well -- 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
The Dungeon -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town
Thornton Plantation -- 2.2 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town
Vigilant Sloop (284) 495-4168 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors may explore some other worthwhile landmarks on the island.

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

Needless to say, Tortola includes other attraction types. To read our complete guide to other attractions, use this link.


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