Alexandria, Virginia - Walking Tour of Old Town

Old Town Alexandria

 

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Our walking tour of Od Town Alexandria, Virginia includes many of Alexandria's most interesting historic sites. Take an hour, one-half day or longer to enjoy this self-guided walking tour of one of the most picturesque and historic villages in the United States.

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Overview and Visitors Center

Ramsay House - Alexandria Visitors Center
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Overview

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Your camera and plenty batteries or film
  • A small carry bag packed with only the essential items you need for the day
  • A fair weather day

Begin the Tour at the Ramsay House Visitors Center

  • Location - 221 King Street at the corner of North Fairfax Street
  • Hours - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
  • Telephone - 703-838-4200

Carlyle House - Turn right (north) on North Fairfax Street and walk to the next corner at Cameron and North Fairfax Streets.

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Carlyle House Historic Park

Carlyle House
Photo Credit: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Carlyle House

  • Location - 121 North Fairfax Street at the corner of Cameron Street
  • Hours - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission - $5 Age 13 and over; $3 Children 5 - 12; Children 4 and under are free; Call to find out about group rates.
  • Telephone - 703-549-2997

Gadsby's Tavern Museum - From Carlyle House Historic Park, turn left heading west on Cameron Street and walk one block to North Royal Street.

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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

  • Location - 134 North Royal Street at the southwest corner of Cameron Street
  • Hours - November to March - Wednesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.; Last tour at 3:45 p.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Hours - Vary seasonally
  • Closed - New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Admission - $5 Adults; $3 Children 5 - 12; Children under age 5 are free with a paying adult
  • Discounts - Discounts are available to AAA Members, visitors who have dined at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant or have coupons issued by other museums. Gadsby's Tavern also participates in a block ticket program providing a discount when two or more Alexandria museums are visited. Find out about the E-Savings Coupon
  • Telephone - 703-838-4242

Washington's Townhouse and Lee's Boyhood Home - From Gadsby's Tavern Museum, return to Cameron Street, turn left (west) and walk one and one-half blocks farther on Cameron Street.

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George Washington's Townhouse and Lee's Boyhood Home

George Washington's Modest Townhouse in Old Town
Photo Credit: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

George Washington's Townhouse

  • Location - 508 Cameron Street between North Pitt and North St. Asaph Streets
  • Private - No entry: view from street only

Robert E. Lee's Boyhood Home

  • Location - 607 Oronoco Street on the north side of the street
  • Private - No entry: view from street only

Lee-Fendall House - Continue on Oronoco Street in the same direction (west) to the end of the block at North Washington Street.

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Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden

Lee-Fendall House Museum
Photo Credit: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden

  • Location - 614 Oronoco at the southeast corner of Oronoco and North Washington Streets
  • Hours - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday (The museum advises to call in advance to confirm the museum will be open if you are planning a weekend visit as there are occasional private weekend functions.)
  • Admission for Guided Tours - $5 Adults; $3 Children 11 - 17; Children 10 and under are free; Private tours and rates are available for groups of ten or more. Advance reservations are required. Call for additional information.
  • Telephone - 703-548-1789

Christ Church - From Lee-Fendall House, turn left (heading south) on North Washington Street and walk three blocks back to Cameron Street.

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Christ Church

Christ Church
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association

Christ Church

  • Location - 118 North Washington Street at the intersection of North Washington and Cameron Streets
  • Hours - Hours vary and are subject to change. (Tours are suspended during weddings, funerals and other events.)
  • Telephone - 703-549-1450

Friendship Firehouse and The Lyceum - From Christ Church, walk one block south on North Washington Street to King Street. Turn right (west) and walk two blocks to Alfred Street. From King Street, you will have a straight view of the majestic George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Turn left onto South Alfred Street.

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Friendship Firehouse and The Lyceum

The Lyceum - Alexandria's History Museum
Photo Credit: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Friendship Firehouse Museum

  • Location - 107 South Alfred Street, between King and Prince Streets
  • Hours - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday; Closed Monday - Thursday, New Year's Day and Christmas
  • Admission - $2
  • Telephone - 703-838-3891

The Lyceum - Alexandria's History Museum (pictured above)

  • Location - 201 South Washington Street, on the corner of South Washington and Prince Streets
  • Hours - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas
  • Admission - $2
  • Telephone - 703-838-4994

at South Washington and Prince Streets. Continue on Prince Street four blocks to South Fairfax Street and turn left.

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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and The Old Presbyterian Meeting House

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Photo Credit: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

  • Location - 105-107 South Fairfax Street, between Prince and King Streets
  • Hours - Vary seasonally
  • Closed - New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Admission - $5 Adults; $3 Children 5 - 12; Free for Children under age 5; Group rates available
  • Telephone - 703-838-3852

The Old Presbyterian Meeting House

Gentry Row, the Athenaeum and Captain's Row - Walk back to Prince Street and turn right heading east.

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Gentry Row - The Athenaeum - Captain's Row

Picturesque street in Alexandria, Virginia
Photo Credit: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Gentry Row - The Athenaeum - Captain's Row

  • Location - Along Prince Street, between South Fairfax Street and Union Street

The Torpedo Factory Art Center - Continue down Prince Street and turn left, heading north, onto Union Street. Walk one and one-half blocks, crossing King Street to the block between King and Cameron Streets.

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The Torpedo Factory Art Center

The Torpedo Factory Art Center
Photo Credit: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The Torpedo Factory

  • Location - 105 North Union Street, between King and Cameron Streets, along the docks of the Potomac River
  • Hours - Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursdays open until 9 p.m. (will close at 5 p.m. when the building is rented for a private event that evening. Call ahead if this could affect your visit: 703-838-4565 x1.) Individual working studio hours may vary; Closed Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, Fourth of July and Thanksgiving
  • Admission - Free
  • Telephone - 703-838-4565
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