Richmond: Virginia's Cultural Capital

Richmond is one of the most historically significant cities in the country and the city has successfully marked its historical events and achievements of its citizens through landmarks and momuments. Below are a selection of some of Richmond's landmarks of note to discover.

Libby Hill

Located in one of the oldest sections of the city, Libby Hill is the site where a founder of Richmond, William Byrd, stood and viewed the river from the hill and named  the area in 1737 after Richmond upon Thames, a borough of London, based on the similiar viewpoints and bend in the river. Learn more.


Monument Avenue

Noted as one of the ten great streets by the American Planning Association, Monument Avenue is the only street in America listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more.

Richmond Slave Trail

Recently opened, the trail chronicles the history of the trade of enslaved Africans from Africa to Virginia until 1775, and away from Virginia until 1865. The trail begins at Manchester Docks and concludes at First African Baptist Church. Learn more.

The Bell Tower

This brick tower located on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol was built in 1824 to replace a wooden one on this site. The bell rang during legislative sessions and warned Richmond citizens of fires, raids, and other dangers. It is now the state visitors' center. Learn more.

Canal Walk

Adjacent to the north bank of the James River from Tredegar Iron Works up through Shockoe Slip, the Richmond canal system is the oldest in the country, founded by George Washington. Markers along the walk way note the people and events associated with the canal's history. Learn more.


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Economic & Community Development

Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street, Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23219