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RichmondUnited States of America

With famous natives like Thomas Jefferson and Edgar Allan Poe, this city has a long and proud history and a vibrant cultural scene.

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond offers visitors a huge array of museums and historic sights, as well as plenty of family-friendly activities.

Many significant moments in America’s history were played out in the Virginia State Capitol building, so it is a great place to start your visit. The building itself was designed by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s and is still home to the Virginia General Assembly.

Take a tour of the Old House and Senate chambers, which are open to the public as a museum. There’s plenty to learn about the Civil War here, but if you want to know even more, head to the Museum of Confederacy a few blocks north.

For history of a different kind, head west to Hollywood Cemetery for a mix of history and recreation. The sprawling cemetery has a monument to the 18,000 Confederate soldiers and 25 generals buried there. Take a guided tour or pick up a map and see the mausoleums of two U.S. presidents – John Tyler and James Monroe – who are buried alongside artists, writers and millionaires.

For a taste of Richmond’s historic grandeur, head further west and arrive at Maymont, a 19th-century mansion and grounds covering 100 acres (40 hectares). As well as the beautiful architecture of the opulent house, which has been maintained as a museum, families can enjoy a petting zoo and wildlife exhibits.

A great way to escape Richmond’s notoriously hot and humid summers is at the city’s museums. For families, there’s the Science Center of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond right next door. The nearby Museum District has art spanning 5,000 years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. See Russian jewels, and ancient sculptures and paintings by Monet and John Singer Sargent.

Hire a car to navigate the city with ease. Free parking is plentiful. Richmond’s landscape is hilly, and the attractions spread out, which makes walking or biking difficult. Public Transport is limited to a bus service. Buy a Go Card from a grocery store or newsagent and top-up to ride.

Top Hotels in Richmond

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Chester, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Chester, VA
3 out of 5
2406 W Hundred Rd, Chester, VA
The price is CA $99 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Chester, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Parker's Battery Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Point of Rocks Park and Henricus Historical Park. ...

4/5Very Good! (973 reviews)

"The property is undergoing renovations I believe. We have stayed here numerous times so I noticed the changes. COVID has made it difficult to enjoy your stay anymore because you feel like you you just want to stay in your room. The King room is spacious so that is a plus."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Chester, VA
Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond
Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond
3 out of 5
11049 West Broad St, Glen Allen, VA
The price is CA $100 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated in Glen Allen, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Children's Museum of Richmond and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Short Pump Town Center. Regency Square Mall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (473 reviews)

"Very welcoming.. served free drinks 3 limit.. free dinner and free breakfast.. it was very good and different experience but all worth the stay.. rooms are exactly what you need, clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond
Omni Richmond Hotel
Omni Richmond Hotel
4 out of 5
100 S 12th St, Richmond, VA
The price is CA $155 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shockoe Slip, Virginia Governor's Mansion and Virginia Civil Rights Memorial. Virginia ...

4.2/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Loved the bed. Room was spacious and close to where were were going."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Omni Richmond Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Richmond

A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City
A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City
9954 Hoke Brady Road, Richmond, VA
The price is CA $144 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Located in Richmond, this beachfront houseboat is in the city centre, 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Richmond National Battlefield Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Dorey ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (113 reviews)
Perfect most relaxing stay ever

"We had the best time and Ron was the perfect host. The place was super clean and very quiet. Loved the atmosphere of the surroundings and the stories that Ron told us of the history of the area. I would definitely recommend this place"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City
98 Walkscore Downtown Condos by Barsala
98 Walkscore Downtown Condos by Barsala
4 out of 5
2 W Marshall Street, Richmond, VA

Located in Jackson Ward, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Broad Street, Greater Richmond Convention Center and The National. Altria Theater and Virginia ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)

"Headache free. Simple and straightforward communication."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2020

98 Walkscore Downtown Condos by Barsala
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The Beautiful "cookie B" is Online to Join her Sister Ship "giamaria"
9950 hoke brady road, Richmond, VA
The price is CA $138 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Richmond, this historic houseboat is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from Richmond National Battlefield Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Dorey Park ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Exactly

"I asked captain Ron for a great time for my love, and she loved it. Will be back for winter"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

The Beautiful "cookie B" is Online to Join her Sister Ship "giamaria"
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Richmond

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(3 reviews)

This museum houses Russian jewels, impressionist masters and ancient relics in its vast and varied collection.

Top things to do in Richmond

Urban Adventure Quest - Richmond Virginia
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Urban Adventure Quest - Richmond Virginia

CA $25
Per adult
Guided Tour of the Hollywood Cemetery by Electric Car
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Guided Tour of the Hollywood Cemetery by Electric Car

CA $45
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Virginia
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Virginia

CA $13
Per adult
Drink Richmond Experience
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Drink Richmond Experience

CA $95
Per adult
Church Hill Food Tour with Tastings (3 hours)
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Church Hill Food Tour with Tastings (3 hours)

CA $87
Per adult
Blue Bee Cider 1-Hour Tour and Tasting
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Blue Bee Cider 1-Hour Tour and Tasting

CA $22
Per adult

Reviews of Richmond

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

We were just passing through

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 10, 2019

Everyone who loves Civil War History should go there, it's amazing.

4/5 - Good

JH

Mar 19, 2019

A good midway stopping point on our drive to Florida.

3/5 - Okay

Julien

Jan 7, 2019

Richmond has some interesting historical landmark and monument avenue is quite impressive. However the rest seems quite rundown and even the area around the state capitol is marked by terrible urban planning.

5/5 - Excellent

Yvette

Sep 2, 2018

Visit as many historical sites as you can, enjoy the canal walk, and some great meals.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Aug 30, 2018

Only stopped for sleep Didn't get a chance to visit

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