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Virginia State Capitol

Visit the oldest English-speaking Legislature in the U.S. and get a taste of Virginia’s unique history at the State’s government building.

A visit to the Virginia State Capitol offers an insight into the history of the State, the Civil War and Thomas Jefferson. 

The Capitol, in downtown Richmond, has housed Virginia’s General Assembly since 1788. The General Assembly is America’s oldest English-speaking legislative body. It is still home to the House and Senate chambers, but is also considered a historic site and has a museum for visitors to learn about the history of the building and the state.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, designed the building in the late 1700s. The design became a prototype for many courthouses and government buildings across the country. 

The visitor’s entrance is underground near 10th and Bank Streets. As you enter, stop to admire the exterior of the building, which is impressively perched on top of the hill. The newly renovated underground section features a gift shop and café. The museum provides the history of the building along with a short history of the state. 

Visit the Old House and Senate chambers, the Rotunda and one of the 1906 legislative chambers (that are still in use) when the General Assembly is not in session. Leave about an hour if you plan to explore on your own. Don’t miss a marble statue of George Washington on the top floor, and a series of portraits of Virginia’s governors spread throughout the building. The grand interior is decorated with marble, glass and ornate ironwork. 

The Capitol is open to visitors every day, and while you can wander around yourself, there are also free guided tours which can give a deeper perspective  to the history of the area.

Spend some time exploring the surrounding area. Capitol Square has landscaped gardens and monuments dedicated to many prominent locals.
Walk or take a bus from here to many of the city’s main attractions.


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Lodging Near Virginia State Capitol

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$127
The Berkeley Hotel

The Berkeley Hotel

1200 E Cary St, Richmond
4.3
of 5, from 267 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Richmond, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Richmond Old City Hall and Virginia State Capitol. Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$135
Omni Richmond Hotel

Omni Richmond Hotel

100 S 12th St, Richmond
4.1
of 5, from 399 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the cobblestoned Shockoe Slip district, Omni Richmond Hotel is an 8-minute stroll from Virginia State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion. It’s a 15-minute drive from the hotel to the historic landmarks of Monument Avenue, and 7 minutes to Hollywood Cemetery.

$144
Hilton Richmond Downtown

Hilton Richmond Downtown

501 E Broad St, Richmond
4.2
of 5, from 269 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is steps from Richmond Coliseum and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 15 minutes.

$139
Graduate Richmond

Graduate Richmond

301 West Franklin Street, Richmond
4.4
of 5, from 27 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 1708 Gallery and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$134
Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Downtown

1320 East Cary Street, Richmond
4.3
of 5, from 28 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Richmond Old City Hall, Edgar Allan Poe Museum, and Virginia State Capitol. Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and Greater Richmond Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$157
Richmond Marriott

Richmond Marriott

500 E Broad St, Richmond
3.9
of 5, from 89 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is steps from Richmond Coliseum and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 15 minutes.

$112
Linden Row Inn

Linden Row Inn

100 E Franklin St, Richmond
4.1
of 5, from 438 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Virginia Repertory Theatre and Greater Richmond Convention Center. Virginia State Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$170
Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond - Downtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond - Downtown

700 East Main Street Suite B, Richmond
4.0
of 5, from 22 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Virginia State Capitol. Greater Richmond Convention Center and Museum of the Confederacy are also within 15 minutes.