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The Downtown district of Richmond includes the business district, Shockoe (split into Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip), Jackson Ward and Tobacco Row.

Get in

Get around

By bus

GRTC operates route 52 and 53 loop in the central business district with stops at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital, the bus transit hub at 9th street and Leigh Street, the State Capitol, Amtrak Station, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum and Holocaust Museum. Their phone number is: +1 804 358-4782. Buses run every 25 minutes and the fare is $1.50.


  • 1 Virginia Holocaust Museum, 2000 E Cary St, +1 804-257-5400. M-F 9AM-5PM M-F, Sa-Su 11AM-5PM. A museum dedicated to depicting the Holocaust as experienced by its victims. Exhibits include a recreation of the Dachau concentration camp, a cattle car, used for transporting Jews, a shower/gas chamber, a crematory, an exhibition of the ship Exodus 1947, the ship that helped launch the nation of Israel, and a rebuilt Nuremberg Courtroom. Free.


At night, aside from bars and nightclubs, Richmond's downtown is relatively subdued as most locals live and remain in the extended suburbs. But on the first Friday of every month, you can get a pleasant experience of art, culture and people-watching at the First Fridays Art walk along Historic Broad Street, east of Belvidere Street and west of 9th Street as well as in Historic Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward. The hours are 5pm-9pm, rain or shine. More information [1].



  • 1 King's Fish, 12 E Marshall St. Totally awesome fish place with lunch special under $4.
  • 2 The Tobacco Company Restaurant, 1201 E Cary St. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 5:30PM-9:30PM. Highly acclaimed, considered one of the best restaurants in the area, full service happy hour.




  • 1 Hostelling International Richmond, 7 N 2nd St (between Main and Franklin Sts), +1 804 729-5410. Hostel offering dorms and private rooms. Lockers and internet access available. Dorms $30+, privates $79+.



  • 2 The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W Franklin St (at Jefferson St), +1 804 424-8014. Five star (Mobil), five diamond (AAA), this luxurious hotel is expensive but, if you have the money to spare, may well be worth it. There is considerable history in the place, from its founding in the 1890s by tobacco baron Lewis Ginter. Its expansive atrium once housed alligators, but no longer. Much of the space is decorated in red and green marble and the enormous main staircase inspired the famous scene in "Gone with the Wind." Lemaire, a five diamond restaurant, is attached.


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