Virginia Capitol Building, Richmond

4.7
Virginia Capitol Building represents a National Historic Landmark designed by Benjamin Franklin and French architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau. Completed in 1788, the building served as the capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. It was modeled off of the ancient Roman temple Maison Carrée. Though it endured multiple fires during the colonial era, the structure is still grand. In the early 1900s, two wings were added. You can take a guided tour during scheduled times daily, or opt for a self-guided tour. To visit Virginia Capitol Building and get the most from your holiday in Richmond, create itinerary details personal to you using our Richmond visit planner .
Create an itinerary including Virginia Capitol Building
map
Virginia Capitol Building Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
890 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • State capital building is very cool but we enjoyed the grounds just as much. There is a large green space that surrounds the capital with walking paths and benches. There are also some great memorials...  more »
  • Must dither tour. The hour went quickly. The historic capitol is a must see. Walk around the area for even more.  more »
  • After my conference ended, I had a little time to kill before my return flight. I briefly visited the Capitol and am glad that I did. The staff I encountered was friendly and helpful. The building is ...  more »
Google
  • Very Cool! I was ignorant to all the history that has happened in Virginia and specifically Richmond! We arrived at about 9:40 on Saturday morning in Feb, it was cold and there were only 4 other people there. We were offered to take the tour and said yes when she said it was free! Our tour only had us and the other 4 people which was nice. Our tour guide was very nice. She was very knowledgeable. It took about an hour. In all of the different rooms there are chairs available so don't worry about standing. All the rooms are available to be seen without a tour with the exception of the Senate and House chambers which the guides have the keys for. Very cool building with lots of history. The outside is just as pretty as the inside. Definitely a must see if you are in Richmond!
  • Beautiful and quite unique among state capitols for not having a dome. It sits at a slightly higher elevation and actually looks like a regular town hall from the street level. As you come closer, however, it begins to reveal its actual size and grandeur. The view of downtown Richmond from the steps of the building is breathtaking. In addition to the building, there's green spaces, statues, a historic bell, and a fountain. We arrived by car and found street parking on East Main Street. For an equally breathtaking view of the State Capitol building from above, visit the observation deck at City Hall.
  • The building resembles the white house. I think it has been build before the White House. You can go inside on a guided tour, which is very nice as you can see and learn about many things not only from the pasr but also about the present situation in Virginia. The place is also nice with all the lights and shadows during the night. Inside the capitol building there are several statues for which the guide will tell you interesting stories.
  • A wonderful place to visit with kids. Ours studied VA history at school (we are Virginians) and this place is both so loaded with historical events and so visitor friendly. The buiding is beautiful and the location on the top of the hill is a good place for the kids to run around and to play after a lesson of hisory. Don't miss the visit!
  • A beautiful and fascinating place, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, I will definitely be back.
Places to stay near Virginia Capitol Building

Plan your trip to Richmond

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Virginia Capitol Building by other users

2 days in Richmond BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: May, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Norfolk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Richmond BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Richmond BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, teens, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans