Richmond Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Richmond, Virginia - VA, USA)

Richmond's biggest draw is its wealth of historic buildings and sites, and it is these highlights that make up many of the main tourist attractions in the Richmond area. Anyone with an interest in old buildings visiting Richmond will enjoy Maymont, a Victorian home that offers a cornucopia of activities, while Agecroft Hall is another popular favorite.

Visitors who want to get a feel for the city of Richmond in a leisurely way should try the Canal Walk and a stroll through Hollywood Cemetery, while a visit to Richmond's City Hall Observation Deck will help you to get your geographical bearings.

Canal Walk

Address: 12th and Canal Streets, Richmond, Virginia VA, 23219, USA
Stretching from downtown Richmond to Shockoe Bottom, Canal Walk is a must for visitors. The 1.25-mile / 2-km walk allows you to soak up the Richmond waterfront, while also enjoying an educational experience. Brass plaques along the walk enlighten strollers about the history of the canals and locks along the way, and maps, artifacts and pictures enhance these stories. The canal can also be enjoyed by boat.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Maymont House

Address: 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond, Virginia VA, 23220, USA
Tel: +1 804 358 7166
One of Richmond's most popular attractions and perfect for a family day out, Maymont House offers a wealth of period furniture, impressive gardens, a small zoo, children's farm and a collection of carriages among other points of interest. Constructed in 1893, the home is situated on the banks of the James River and is an excellent example of Victorian landscaping and architecture of its time.
Open hours: grounds, daily - 10:00 to 17:00; mansion and visitor center, Tuesday to Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: free, donations suggested for guided tours of the mansion

Agecroft Hall

Address: 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, Virginia VA, 23221-3256, USA
Tel: +1 804 353 4241
In 1929 the Tudor house, now known as Agecroft Hall, was moved from its original site in Lancashire, England to its current location on the James River. The interior is a treasure trove of fixtures, antiques, period attractions and furnishings dating from 1485 to 1660, while the gardens were designed by landscape artist Charles Gillette to be reminiscent of those found at England's Hampton Court Palace.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00, Sunday - 12:30 to 17:00
Admission: charge

Monument Avenue

Address: Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia VA, 23220-2914, USA
A national historic site, Monument Avenue in Richmond is named so after the series of statues of Confederate heroes that were erected here by late 19th-century town planners. Among those honored are Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Robert East Lee and General Jackson, while the recent addition of tennis champion Arthur Ashe has appeased the culturally diverse community that has become the modern Richmond of today. The avenue is a popular place to stroll and enjoy the many impressive attractions and monuments.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

City Hall Observation Deck

Address: 901 East Broad Street, 9th and Broad Streets, Richmond, Virginia VA, 23219-1906, USA
Tel: +1 804 646 5990
Offering panoramic views of the Richmond skyline, City Hall Observation Deck is the ideal place to start your tour of the city and get your geographical bearings. The deck can be reached via stairs leading to the 19th floor, while those who are feeling less energetic can take a smooth ride up in the elevator.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday - 08:00 to 20:00
Admission: free

Hollywood Cemetery

Address: 412 South Cherry Street, Richmond, Virginia VA, 23220-6214, USA
Tel: +1 804 648 8501
Although you might think a cemetery an unlikely tourist attraction, the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond has some prominent graves of significant players in the Civil War, including Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General J.E.B. Stuart, presidents James Monroe and John Tyler as well as 18,000 Confederate soldiers. A pleasant place to browse the historical headstones, Hollywood offers excellent city views from its serene location on the James River. Guided tours are available.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: free