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Things to do in Richmond, Virginia

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Richmond: Patriots, Boos, and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

1. Richmond: Patriots, Boos, and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Head on a haunted pub crawl and learn about the spooky side of Richmond. Explore the Shockoe Bottom district with your guide and discover the haunted history of the area at different pubs and other haunted locations. Raise a glass to the icons that made America. You may even run into a few of them. Meet your guide at Rosie Connolly’s Pub and down an Irish black and tan as you investigate reports of two mysterious spirits in the kitchen. From there, explore 7 additional historic, haunted locations. Sip on some African wine at JewFro as you hear about the gory details of a murder-suicide. Stand where Patrick Henry delivered his famous line and uncover his darkest secret. Then, learn about some untold history, like the story of the beer shortage that steered the Mayflower to Plymouth Rock.

Richmond: Arts District Walking Food Tour

2. Richmond: Arts District Walking Food Tour

Richmond’s revitalized Arts District, spanning parts of Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward, will capture your imagination with a mix of historically-significant architecture, under-the-radar restaurants, and inspiring art galleries. Joining this tour means exploring the Arts District as an insider. You will sample delicious food and snacks from 5-6 different restaurants, cafes, and shops, possibly including truly authentic southern cuisine, mouth-watering Mediterranean fare, unique ice cream, and more!   You’ll meet chefs and business owners and discover their passion for their craft. You’ll hear the stories that make this one of Richmond’s most defining neighborhoods, but most of all, you'll have fun doing it!

Richmond Ghosts: Sinister Scares of Shockoe Bottom Tour

3. Richmond Ghosts: Sinister Scares of Shockoe Bottom Tour

Experience Richmond’s haunted past and uncover stories of murder, mayhem, and tragedy while discovering the secret histories that hide in the shadows. From the Powhatan Confederacy to present-day grisly murders. Listen to honest accounts from a professional guide of the events that shaped this River City and led to the very real Richmond Ghosts. Take a tour of the darker side of Richmond and visit the most haunted sites around the Shockoe Bottom area, depending on whether you choose to upgrade to an extended tour. Hear of the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe, said to haunt the staircase that was once in his house, and the chilling tales surrounding Lumpkin's Slave Jail and the historic Masonic Lodge and the ghosts said to linger there, along with many other terrifying tales. Learn about the lesser-known history and the hauntings that often accompany it. You're guaranteed to be creeped out, but you'll still be able to sleep.

Richmond: Shockoe Bottom Ghost Walking Tour

4. Richmond: Shockoe Bottom Ghost Walking Tour

Hear haunting tales of generations past on a walking ghost tour of Richmond's oldest neighborhood, Shockoe Bottom. Marvel at the long-standing architecture that has evolved over the course of several centuries as your guide leads you through this still thriving neighborhood. The first stop on your tour is the Poe Museum. See the structures that are now dedicated to the master of the macabre and learn about the hauntings of one of Richmond's founding families. Walk past the oldest active Masonic Lodge in the western hemisphere and hear about how its halls are frequented by its past members. Moving through the neighborhood, see how centuries of tumultuous history have shaped the physical city that surrounds you today and the spirit world that is just beyond the veil. See the landmarks that house many of the city's most chilling and spirited tales, including Civil War-era hospitals and learn about the spirits that still haunt their walls. As the tour draws to a close, ask your guide any questions and venture onward into the neighborhood to take advantage of the many bars and restaurants that call Shockoe Bottom home today.

Richmond: Guided Hike in James River Park

5. Richmond: Guided Hike in James River Park

Set out on a 4.5-mile guided hike through the natural beauty nestled within downtown Richmond. Admire the rushing water of James River from pedestrian bridges. Across the river, catch a glimpse of bygone eras with ruins on Belle Isle and see the repurposed Pipeline Walk on Brown’s Island.  Meet your guide and begin your tour by crossing the James River, pausing to admire the Class IV rushing rapids of Richmond’s waterway from one of the city’s unique pedestrian bridges. Next, you’ll explore the Manchester Climbing Wall Park, built on top of 150-year-old train bridge ruins.   Continue your hike along the path on Belle Isle. The trails here lead past ruins that hearken back to the Civil War and the industrial age. Soak up the tranquility of the surrounding nature, then cross a second pedestrian bridge to discover the city’s hidden gem on Brown’s Island, the Pipeline Walk.

Richmond: Church Hill Food Tour

6. Richmond: Church Hill Food Tour

Dive into Church Hill, Richmond’s oldest neighborhood. Get a taste of the barbecue, baked goods, and everything else that makes Church Hill a food powerhouse, while uncovering Richmond’s origin story in this must-visit neighborhood. Sample delicious food and snacks from up to 5 different restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, possibly including wood-fired pastries, classic Richmond comfort food, authentic Ethiopian cuisine, and more. You’ll learn about the birthplace of Richmond and its local heroes and hear how local vendors got their start.

Richmond: Hollywood Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

7. Richmond: Hollywood Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

Explore Hollywood Cemetary with a local guide on a walking tour. Travel back in time to the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, hear Jefferson Davis’s most embarrassing moment, and come face-to-face with the Richmond vampire, William Wortham Pool. Meet your guide at the entrance to the Hollywood Cemetary, nestled beside the scenic James River. As you stroll past intricate landscaping and ornate gravesites, hear fascinating, fun, and tragic stories about the inhabitants of this graveyard. Visit 14 memorial sites with your guide, including the final resting places of William Wortham Pool, Jefferson Davis, and a famous guitarist. At each one, hear poignant, funny, and saucy tales. Bring the kids along for a little history lesson, or take some time to enjoy a lovely afternoon walk with new friends as you learn fun facts about Richmond's rich history.

Richmond: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

8. Richmond: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

Join a guide on a private city tour of Richmond and be driven around in a Tuk Tuk. Journey through important neighborhoods and learn about this fascinating city as you go. Start your tour as you travel down Monument Avenue and towards the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Here, you’ll have a chance to get out and explore the museum’s sculpture garden. Then, drive through Carytown, Richmond’s bohemian shopping district, before heading to the Hollywood Cemetery. Learn interesting facts about the cemetery, like which former United States presidents are buried here. Next, pass by Brown’s Island, a popular festival location, as you head towards the State Capital. From here, make your way up Church Hill, the oldest part of the city. See St. John’s Church and visit the Church Hill overlook. Finally, journey back to your starting location, where your tour will come to an end.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Richmond

9. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Richmond

Looking for a way to turn downtown Richmond into a giant game board? Participate in this scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Richmond. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in Capitol Square and explores the historic monuments and interesting highlights while unraveling clues to the hidden games. Your Quest continues through the city discovering unique art, monuments and other hidden gems of this great city. The tour requires approximately 1.4 miles (2.25 kilometers) of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants or explore the city murals… why not, it’s your schedule! Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of interest include: • State Capitol • Old City Hall • George Washington Monument • Bell Tower • Tidewater Connection Locks • Riverfront walk

Richmond: Downtown & Capitol Square Tour & Scavenger Hunt

10. Richmond: Downtown & Capitol Square Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Follow the clues on a self-guided walking tour of Richmond. Combine a scavenger hunt app and local trivia through the Downtown and Capitol Square neighborhoods. Play a cat-and-mouse game of question-and-answer and learn the stories of local landmarks and secret spots. Start the game near Capitol Square to receive the first question or task. Head towards the site where the answer awaits. Look around and find the solution nearby. When you’ve answered correctly or finished the challenge, receive the next clue.  Continue to work through the game until everything is completed or until you decide to stop. If you end up stuck on a question, the game provides clues to help. 

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What people are saying about Richmond, Virginia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Tim was awesome! He knew so much about the history of Richmond and was a great tour guide. We had so much fun! So glad we decided to add this onto our Richmond trip.

The tour was fun and informative. The food was diverse and very tasty. I went back the next day for more hand pies.

Very good tour! A lot of history thrown in and a lot of walking! Something fun and different!

Great tour guide and very generous portions at each stop. Don’t eat a meal before the tour!

Great tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun.