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Richmond Tour Guys Free Walking Tours of Richmond are the best walking tours to learn about the City of Richmond.

The guide will provide insights to the buildings and to the city that will bring all of these sights to life.

The tour is free. No strings attached.

Why free? Because our guides love history and sharing it via guiding tours and hope that you enjoy the tour so much that you will tip them.

We are not sponsored by anybody, so your tips keep the lights on and the website up!

Reservations are required. You can reserve up to 30 minutes before the tour. Reserve Here

If there is any confusion please call (804)263-7914.

2016 Tours and Schedules

Tour Name Date & Time Operating Dates
Saturday Downtown RVA Walking Tour Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 11:00AM-1:00 PM March 12th to End of November Reserve Now!
Church Hill Walking Tour Saturdays 3:30PM-5:30 PM March 12th to End of November Reserve Now!
Shockoe Bottom Walking Tour Sundays 11:00AM-12:30PM March 12th to End of November Reserve Now!
Private Tours/
Rent-A-Guide
By request By request Reserve Now!

Downtown Walking Tour

The tour starts off at the Richmond Region Visitor’s Center on 3rd and Marshall St. We’ll walk around the down town and your guide will show you several monumental sights including:

  • The State Capitol Building – the oldest standing state capitol in and the first Neo-Classical building in  the United States
  • The statues of Capitol Square
  • The White House of the Confederacy – where Jefferson Davis lived when he was leader of the Confederate Government
  • The John Marshall House
  • Two of the unknown architectural gems of Richmond: the Victorian Gothic Old City Hall, and Egyptian Revivalist Egyptian Building
  • The civil rights movement
  • And much, much more.

Along the way, your guide will recount the stories of the people, events, and buildings that make up Richmond while emphasizing the Civil War in Richmond, as well as the Civil Rights Movement of one-hundred years later.

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Dates and Times

Saturdays at 11:00 AM

Are reservations required?

Yes. Due to high demand, we are limited to 30 spots per tour. Reserve Now!

For groups of more than 5, please call ahead to reserve your spot (804)263-7914

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

All street parking in Richmond is free on weekends. Park anywhere on the street and walk over. This meetup spot is also close to several hotels and parking garages that cost about $5.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any other questions, please email: information@richmondtourguys.com or call (804) 263-7914.

Church Hill Walking Tour

The tour meets at St. John’s Episcopal Church on 25th & Broad St.

Church Hill is the oldest neighborhood in Richmond. You will meander through streets lined with beautiful late 18th and 19th century architecture; see St. John’s Episcopal Church where Patrick Henry proclaimed “Give me liberty, or give me death!” in 1775; and view stunning vistas of the City of Richmond. You will also hear about the Revolutionary War in Richmond and about the eccentric cast of characters who make up the fabric of Colonial, Federal, and antebellum Richmond.

The tour lasts approximately  2 hours.

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Dates and Times

Saturdays at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Are reservations required?

Yes. Due to high demand, we are limited to 30 spots per tour. Reserve Now!

For groups of more than 5, please call ahead to reserve your spot (804)263-7914

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is usually street parking around Church Hill. The tour will end in the same place as it meets which is centrally located close to several restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any other questions, please email: information@richmondtourguys.com or call (804) 263-7914.

Shockoe Bottom Walking Tour

The Shockoe Bottom Tour meets in front of the Religious Freedom Monument on 14th & Cary St. (the giant needle).

From there your guide will take you to explore the center for trade… both legal, illicit, and somewhere in between in early Richmond. It was the center for the slave trade in the city and features Richmond’s oldest buildings. It also carries the stories of newly arrived immigrants who toiled and lived in Shockoe Bottom’s tenements until they could work their way out.

On the route you will see:

  • The oldest house in Richmond… with a special connection to Edgar Allan Poe
  • The old African American Burial ground and the story of enslaved rebel Gabriel Prosser’s doomed revolt
  • The oldest continuously used Masonic lodge in the USA built in 1787
  • The remains of Lumpkin’s Slave Jail
  • The First Freedom Center – the site where Virginia’s Religious Freedom statute was adopted
  • The place where the falls of the James River that would become Richmond was first claimed by the English and their relations with the Native Americans; and the first Rebellion in the US 150 years before the American Revolution
  • The Romanesque Main Street Train station Building.
  • Street Art along the way
  • And much, much more

The tour will end with you located conveniently around several restaurants.

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Dates and Times

Sundays at 11:00 AM

Are reservations required?

Yes. Due to high demand, we are limited to 30 spots per tour. Reserve Now!

For groups of more than 5, please call ahead to reserve your spot (804)263-7914

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

All street parking in Richmond is free on weekends. Park anywhere on the street and walk over. This meetup spot is also close to several hotels and parking garages that cost about $5.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any other questions, please email: information@richmondtourguys.com or call (804) 263-7914.

Private Tours/Rent-a-Guide

Richmond Tour Guys also offers customized, private tours for your:

  • Corporate events
  • Hop on tour giding
  • Families visiting Richmond
  • Club/Organization
  • Team building activities within your business
  • School group
  • Individuals

We will work with you to develop a tour that fits what you want to see in Richmond, whether it be the oldest buildings, Civil War history, the greatest outdoors spaces, and/or art.

If you are an event planner, we can develop a tour route and script for your event via walking, trolley, tour bus, or other vehicle.

The costs of private tours vary depending on group size and tour type. Please contact Matthew Maggy at Matthew@richmondtourguys.com or call (804)263-7914.

The more notice that you give, the more availability that we will have for bookings.

The images below provide a sneak peak of some of the things you will see on our free walking  tours of Richmond VA.

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