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. 

Museums

In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation on Tortola. Just click on each place's name to learn full details.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is VI Maritime Museum. It is found within H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and located within eastern Tortola. You can visit the Maritime Museum between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Old Government House Museum. It is found within 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: 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.

The chart just below shows more information about some museums to consider 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

Do you enjoy discovering the history of countries you visit? If so, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions while on vacation 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.

You can 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

Fortunately, there are other attraction types available too. If interested, you can get more information concerning other attractions here.

 

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