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. 


Assuming you like to explore other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on Tortola. To see detailed information regarding each museum, try clicking on the name.

One popular destination is VI Maritime Museum. It can be found at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and found 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit Old Government House Museum. It is found in Road Town, in central Tortola. 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.

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum: The 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works was built by the McCleverly slaves over three centuries ago and the property continued to produce sugar, lime juice, and cotton until the 1940s.

The chart just below enables you to get some key facts regarding some museums you might enjoy on the island.

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

In case you like to learn about the history of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions while vacationing on Tortola.

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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit 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: 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.

Take some time to look through the following table for a listing of historical sites on Tortola.

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

Guests may discover some other intriguing local landmarks on Tortola.

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

Of course, Tortola has additional attractions. Click this link to visit our article concerning other interesting attractions for Tortola.


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