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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.

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By bus[edit]

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. +1 804-358-4782. Buses run every 25 minutes and the fare is $1.50.


Map of Richmond/Downtown
  • 1 Byrd Park. There are fishing lakes, seasonal paddle boats, a fitness trail and the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater, home to the Summer Festival of Arts. The park abuts Maymount at the end of the Boulevard.
  • 2 Virginia Holocaust Museum, 2000 E Cary St, +1 804-257-5400. M-F 9AM-5PM, 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 (suggested $6).
  • 3 Virginia State Capitol, 1000 Bank St, +1 804-698-1788, . M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM. The neo-classical seat of local government, home of the oldest elected legislature in North America, dating back to 1619. The current incarnation was designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1785, after the Maison Carrée, a Roman temple in Nîmes, France. Free 1hr tours are offered on the hour, every from 10AM til 4PM. The Capitol Visitor center is closed through the end of 2023. free. Virginia State Capitol (Q2537798) on Wikidata Virginia State Capitol on Wikipedia
  • The Historic Downtown. The cobblestoned Shockoe Bottom area is rich in history, and well-worth the trip, if only to see one of the many Edgar Allan Poe houses in the Northeast. Though much of the area was washed out during Hurricane Isabel and Tropical Storm Gaston, the rebuilding continues.
  • 4 Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, +1 804-358-7166, . 10AM-7PM. A wealthy landowner donated his estate to the city, and Richmond turned it into one of the most beautiful urban parks in the nation. Fountains, Italianate gardens, and a Japanese tea garden are a pleasure to walk through. The nature center here is all-encompassing and free, and its exhibits on Virginia Wildlife include two otters who are glad to show off for visitors. Gray foxes, red-tailed hawks, and other exhibits are located outside. Kids like the farm area, where sheep, lambs, chickens, and other sundry animals are exhibited. free (suggested $5). Maymont Park (Q6797360) on Wikidata Maymont on Wikipedia
    • Robins Nature Center. F-Su 10AM-5PM. A 29,000 sqft attraction, the largest facility of its kind in central Virginia and holds close to 30,000 gallons of aquaria showcasing animals of the James River and Chesapeake Bay. $8/adult, $6/senior, $6/child.
    • Maymont Mansion. Tours F-Su 10AM-5PM. Well-preserved Gilded Age mansion of cosmopolitan millionaires. Accessible by tour only. $8/adult, $6/senior, $6/child.
  • 5 Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay Street, +1 804-649-1861. Three floors of galleries containing the world's most comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs from the Confederate States of America. The Museum also maintains and gives tours of the White House of the Confederacy. American Civil War Museum (Q3736543) on Wikidata American Civil War Museum on Wikipedia
  • 6 First African Baptist Church, 14th and Broad Sts. Richmond is the birthplace of the First African Baptist Church. This church had been a church where Whites, Free Blacks, and Slaves would worship alongside each other. However, the church separated from the First Baptist Church once African Americans were given permission to establish their own church in 1841. The First African Baptist Church was regularly rented by whites for concerts, minstrel shows and political rallies, including a debate by working-class whites over union versus secession, held in a church where a slave-owning white minister led free blacks and slaves in regular worship: surprising as the scene might seem, to Richmonders during this time it was wholly unremarkable. The old church building is now a property of Medical College of Virginia. First African Baptist Church (Q5452255) on Wikidata First African Baptist Church (Richmond, Virginia) on Wikipedia
  • 7 Egyptian Building. This was the first building and home of the Medical College of Virginia, which now surrounds the structure.
  • 8 Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall St. This art gallery used to be an old fire station. In addition to art, they have an antique steam engine, a library, and a craft shop,.
  • 9 The American Civil War Center (Richmond National Battlefield Headquarters at Tredegar), 490 Tredegar Street, +1 804-788-6480. Daily 9AM-5PM. The site of a Civil War-era iron foundery which supplied ordinance to the Confederate Army. The American Civil War Center aims to be the definitive museum on interpretation of the conflaguration from all perspectives. Also on the grounds are a statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son Todd. Adult $16; senior, retired military, teacher, student $14; youth (6-17) $8; active duty military $10; kids under 5 free. Historic Tredegar (Q80007684) on Wikidata American Civil War Museum on Wikipedia
  • 10 Black History Museum, 122 W Leigh St, +1 804-780-9093.
  • 11 Edgar Allan Poe Museum, 1914 E Main Street, +1 804-648-5523, . Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. A group of literary enthusiasts created the state's first monument to Poe in the writer's hometown. The Old Stone House is the oldest residential building that is still standing in Richmond. It houses an exhibit about Poe’s childhood in Richmond. Although Edgar Allan Poe never lived in the Old Stone House, he still had connections to the home itself and its surrounding neighborhood. $10 adult, $7 senior/youth/AAA/veterans, $3 active duty. Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Q1130116) on Wikidata Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia) on Wikipedia
  • 12 The White House of the Confederacy (American Civil War Museum), E.Clay and 12th Street, +1 804-649-1861. The White House of the Confederacy has been restored reflect its use as the executive mansion of Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Open to the public with regularly scheduled guided tours that are arranged and given by the Museum of the Confederacy. White House of the Confederacy (Q7994925) on Wikidata White House of the Confederacy on Wikipedia
  • 13 Hollywood Cemetery, 412 S. Cherry Street. Located between the neighborhoods of Oregon Hill and Randolph on a bluff overlooking the James, Presidents Tyler and Monroe have their final resting places here. So does the locally renowned Jefferson Davis, and it's worth the trip through winding roads to see reverent Southerns laying flags on his grave. Also in the cemetery are Confederate Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart and local authors James Branch Cabell and Ellen Glasgow. The lines of small headstones marking the mass graves of Confederate dead is truly an eerie and powerful sight. Hollywood Cemetery (Q5882648) on Wikidata Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia) on Wikipedia
  • 14 Lucky Strike Factory, Tobacco Row (in Shockoe Bottom). The Lucky Strike Factory has been renovated into stylish loft apartments and condos. A good view of the painted smoke stack can be seen from nearby Libby Hill park, where the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument is located.
  • 15 Richmond City Hall Observation Deck, 900 E Broad St. M-F 7:30AM-5:30PM. Free observation deck on the 18th floor of Richmond City Hall provides nice views of the city. Free.
  • 16 Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, 600 N 2nd St, +1 804-771-2017. Tu-Sa 9AM-4:30PM. Maggie Lena Walker’s home is preserved as a tribute to her life as a civil rights leader, bank president and education leader in Jim-Crow Richmond Virginia. Ranger-led tours of the home start every hour starting at 10AM. free. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (Q6730266) on Wikidata Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site on Wikipedia
  • Virginia Executive Mansion, Capitol Sq, toll-free: +1 804-371-2642, . Home to Virginia's governors since 1813 and the oldest governor's residence in the country still used for its original purpose. Half hour tours available from T-F 10AM-2PM. 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 5-9PM, rain or shine.

Live music[edit]

  • 1 The Canal Club, 1545 East Cary Street. Shockoe Bottom 500 capacity club, featuring large stage upstairs and smaller stage downstairs. Hosts internationally known mainstream acts as well as local acts, mostly rock.
  • 2 Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street. The Fan Theater venue, hosting larger mainstream acts.
  • 3 Gallery 5, 200 West Marshall Street. Downtown art gallery and performing arts center that hosts touring and local indie rock.
  • 4 The National, 708 East Broad Street, +1 804-612-1900. One of the newest venues on the scene, The National filled the much-needed absence of a large club venue in Richmond, and hasn't slowed down since. With a general admission capacity of 1,500, it hosts larger touring and local acts. Features seven full bars, 300 padded stadium seats with cup holders in the balcony, and a state of the art sound system. The National Theater in Richmond opened in 1923. It was a popular site in the downtown scene in Richmond. It hosted vaudeville, silent movies and a live orchestra. It was designed by architect Claude K Howell. From the outside, the building looks like an Italian Renaissance villa. It has featured bands like Blues Traveler, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Melissa Ethridge, Pat Benatar, Justin Timberlake, and Matchbox 20. Payments accepted are cash, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Ticketmaster.



  • 1 821 Cafe, 821 W. Cary St, +1 804-649-1042. This little restaurant offers great food at bargain prices. Serving breakfast till 5PM, it offers wonderful meat, vegetarian, and vegan options including biscuits with pork or veggie gravy, tofu scramble and breakfast burritos. If not in the mood for breakfast they have sandwiches, subs, nachos and pasta. The restaurant is full of young professionals, college kids, professors, and neighborhood regulars. The tattooed waitstaff is friendly and always ready to poke fun at the customer. The restaurant fills up fast on the weekends, so get there early and make sure you order their famous $3 mimosas; Champagne in a pint glass with just a hint of orange juice.
  • 2 Capital Ale House, 623 East Main St. Over 40 beers on tap and over 200 beers available bottled. On Tuesdays, Capital Ale House does a special promotion called "Steal the Beer Glass Night" where they feature a different beer each week, and you get to keep the glass it comes in.
  • 3 Penny Lane Pub, 421 E. Franklin St.. Authentic British pub. Come for football (soccer) and rugby matches. Enjoy a pint.
  • 4 The Tobacco Company Restaurant, 1201 E Cary St, +1 804-782-9555. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Th 5:30-10PM, F Sa 5:30-10:30PM, Su 5:30PM-9:30PM. Highly acclaimed, considered one of the best restaurants in the area, full service happy hour.
  • 5 Bottoms Up Pizza, 1700 Dock St, +1 804-644-4400. Amazing place for thick crust specialty pizzas including the Chesapeake, a white sauce pizza with crab meat. Friendly no rush atmosphere and free wi-fi makes it a great location to recharge from back packing in the Virginia heat.


  • 1 Barcode, 6 East Grace Street (near Foushee St.), +1 804-648-2040. Popular gay bar and restaurant. Karaoke on Sunday.
  • 2 Capital Ale House, 623 East Main St. Over 40 beers on tap, over 200 different beers bottled. Has a game room that is available to patrons 21 and over. Great atmosphere.
  • 3 Sin e' Irish Pub, 1327 E Cary St (Shockhoe Slip), +1 804-649-7767. Even Irish regulars call this pub "authentic!" Located in a restored tobacco warehouse with architecture imported directly from the Emerald Isle. Delicious fish n' chips, shepard's pie. Live rock music on Friday and Saturday.
  • GWARbar, 217 W Clay St, +1 804-918-9352, . 4PM-2AM, happy hour 4-7PM. Richmond's 3rd best Dive Bar of 2022.






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