Virginia's Richmond Region is well-known for its history, from Pocahontas and Patrick Henry to the Confederacy. It's also a vibrant city with upscale shopping, fabulous restaurants, world-renowned museums, elegant homes and gardens and family-friendly attractions. See photos of Richmond and learn more about the points of interest in this historic region.
The Virginia Capitol is the seat of state government in the Commonwealth of Virginia and home to the oldest legislative body in the U.S. In 1779, the Virginia legislature voted to move the capital from Williamsburg to Richmond. The historic building was designed by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. The Virginia Capitol Building recently went through a $104.5 million restoration and expansion project. Free one-hour guided tours are offered daily. New visitor amenities include a gift shop, cafe and exhibit gallery.
George Washington Statue
The Rotunda of the Virginia Capitol displays a life-size statue of George Washington, created by French artist Jean-Antoine Houdon. The statue is the only one that Washington actually posed for.
During a tour of the Virginia Capitol, visitors learn about the history of the state legislature and visit the Senate and House of Delegate Chambers. The architecture, furnishings, and artwork throughout the building are beautiful. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and do a wonderful job of bringing the history to life.
Restaurants and Dining in Richmond
The Richmond region has more than 900 restaurants with prices to fit every budget. Locally-owned dining establishments serve a wide range of cuisine from classic Southern cuisine to international and pub-style fare.
The Tobacco Company Restaurant, located in the historic Shockoe Slip district of downtown Richmond, is a four-story restaurant and nightclub. The building was once a tobacco warehouse and has served as one of the city's hotspots for more than 30 years.
Linden Row Inn
Linden Row Inn, a 70-room hotel located in the heart of historic Richmond, has an interesting history that dates back to before the Civil War. In 1816, the land on which Linden Row Inn sits was used as a garden which was known for its beautiful roses, jasmine and linden trees. Local legend has it that Edgar Allan Poe played in the enchanted garden and it is the one that Poe mentions in his famous poem “To Helen”. In 1847, a row of five houses was built and called Linden Square, named after the linden trees in the garden. From 1853-1906, some of the homes were used as schools for girls. In 1988, the property was restored as a full-service Inn. The original architecture was meticulously maintained and most of the rooms are furnished with antique pieces from the middle and late 1800’s. Today, Linden Row Inn is an elegant boutique hotel with spacious guest rooms including fireplaces, chandeliers, and high ceilings. Modern amenities include cable TV, coffeemakers, clock radios, and free high-speed internet access.
Known for its breathtaking architecture and elegant decor, The Jefferson Hotel dates back to 1895 and has been recognized as Richmond's grandest hotel. The luxury hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia and is home to Lemaire Restaurant, TJ’s Restaurant, The Salon at The Jefferson, Blooms at The Jefferson and Sunday Champagne Brunch.
From 1901 until 1948, live alligators lived in the hotel’s Palm Court fountains. It is rumored that the alligators were left in the hotel by travelers, who originally purchased the gators as pets while on vacation in Florida. Today, the fountains are decorated with bronze alligators to remind visitors of the hotel's interesting history.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts features a permanent collection that includes more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. The museum is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. General admission is free, although some special exhibitions require an admission fee. In May 2010, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts completed a $150 million expansion.
Robert E. Lee Monument
A monument to General Robert E. Lee is among many that lines the beautiful tree-lined Monument Boulevard in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. The statue serves as a traffic circle at the intersection of Monument Avenue and Allen Avenue. Lee was a commanding general of the Confederate army in the American Civil War. He led the Army of Northern Virginia through many fierce battles including the Battle of Gettysburg.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, located in Richmond, Virginia, features more than 50 acres and a dozen themed gardens including a Healing Garden, Sunken Garden, Asian Valley, Rose Garden, a wetland garden, a Victorian garden, and a Children’s Garden. A classical domed Conservatory houses changing displays, orchids and tropical plants. The E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center features the Garden Shop, Garden Cafe, meeting space and exhibits. The Robins Tea House restaurant serves lunch daily and overlooks the lake and the Garden. The Children’s Garden has a unique tree house, an International Village and water and sand play areas. There's also an Education and Library Complex featuring classroom and laboratory space.
Children's Garden at Lewis Ginter
The Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a unique tree house, an International Village and water and sand play areas. Many special programs are available for kids throughout the year.
Lewis Ginter Conservatory
The conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden features a small cottage that is decorated seasonally for special events.
Lewis Ginter Sculpture
Special displays at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden change throughout the year.
Children's Waterplay at Lewis Ginter
The Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden provides a playful, informal setting for kids of all ages to learn about gardens and the environment. Special events, activities, workshops and summer camp programs are available.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers a variety of spaces in beautiful settings that can be rented for weddings, as well as corporate and private events.
Maymont, the 100-acre Victorian country estate on the banks of the James River was donated to the city of Richmond by Major & Mrs. James H. Dooley. Now maintained and operated by the private, nonprofit Maymont Foundation, it features the Maymont Mansion and original Italian and Japanese gardens in addition to a Carriage Collection, Children’s Farm, Nature Center, Native Virginia Wildlife Exhibits, Aviary and extensive Arboretum.
The Maymont Mansion, a restored 33-room house museum representing the luxurious lifestyle of the Gilded Age, opens for tours year-round.
Maymont Mansion is a well-preserved document of Gilded Age design and the taste of well-educated, cosmopolitan millionaires.
Maymont Mansion Tiffany Windows
One of the great treasures at Maymont Mansion is the stained glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s firm, Tiffany Glass, and Decorating Company, later named Tiffany Studios. Soaring fifteen feet above Maymont’s grand staircase, this is one of the largest residential Tiffany windows on public display in Virginia. These and other decorative touches make Maymont Mansion a must-see destination.
Maymont Mansion Swan Bedroom
Sallie Dooley had a romantic nature and decorated one of the bedrooms at Maymont with furniture shaped like graceful swans. Swans are often thought to be the symbol of love because they mate for life.
Maymont Wildlife Exhibits
Maymont Wildlife Exhibits feature outdoor habitats for native Virginia wildlife including black bear, bison, fox, bobcat, birds of prey, White-tail and sika deer. Most of Maymont’s animals were orphaned or injured and could not survive in the wild.
Maymont, the 100-acre Victorian country estate located in Richmond Virginia, features beautifully maintained gardens.
Agecroft Hall is a beautiful Tudor estate located in Richmond, Virginia. The manor house was actually built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th century and shipped across the Atlantic and then reassembled in a Richmond neighborhood known as Windsor Farms. The house and gardens are open for tours year-round.
Virginia Historical Society
The Virginia Historical Society tells the story of Virginia's history from prehistory to the present. The 13 exhibition galleries feature the largest display of Virginia artifacts on permanent view.
Virginia Historical Society Exhibits
The Virginia Historical Society features 13 exhibition galleries that tell the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Historical Society Model Home
The Virginia Historical Society tells the story of Virginia's history from prehistory to the present. The 13 exhibition galleries feature the largest display of Virginia artifacts on permanent view. This photo shows a model of the Wilton House, an 18th century Plantation house that overlooks the James River. Built in 1753 for William Randolph III, Wilton House was the home to the Randolph family for more than a century.
American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is the first of its kind to interpret the war through three interwoven perspectives: Union, Confederate and African American. The Civil War Museum is located on 8 acres on the historic James River in downtown Richmond. The Tredegar site contains five buildings illustrating the Iron Works era. The National Park Service operates the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center located in the restored building next door.
Abraham Lincoln and Tad
The statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad commemorates their historic arrival and tour of the burnt-out Richmond Virginia on April 4, 1865. The sculpture sits in front of the entrance to the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center.
Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
The National Park Service operates the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center located at Tredegar Iron Works in downtown Richmond. The Center offers exhibits and audio-visual programs that tell the story of Richmond during the Civil War. Also located on the grounds is the American Civil War Center, which tells the story of the Civil War from three perspectives: Union, Confederate and African American.
Tredegar Iron Works made the iron plating for the first Confederate ironclad warship, the CSS Virginia which fought in the historic Battle of Hampton Roads in March 1862. Today, the site is home to The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center. Visitors can explore the grounds and see several iron works exhibits.
Jefferson Davis Monument
The Jefferson Davis Monument, located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, commemorates Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederacy. His monument features a pedestaled figure of Davis surrounded by thirteen columns, representing eleven seceding states and the two states who sent representatives to the Confederate Congress.
Established in 1847, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place of two U.S. presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), other famous Virginians and thousands of Confederate soldiers. Overlooking the James River, it is a beautiful site and lovely to stroll through.
Stonewall Jackson Monument
The Stonewall Jackson Monument is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. Lieutenant General "Stonewall" Jackson was given the nickname for bravery at the first Battle of Manassas during the American Civil War.
Richmond Canal Walk
Richmond's Canal Walk meanders 1.25 miles through downtown Richmond along the banks of the Haxall Canal and the James River & Kanawha Canal.
Arthur Ashe Monument
The Arthur Ashe Monument sits at the corner of Monument Avenue and Roseneath Road in the last block of the Historic District of Richmond, Virginia. Ashe was a humanitarian, scholar, international tennis star and a native of Richmond.