Programs & Tours

Programs & Tours

Walking & Bus Tours

Explore 400 Years Of History 

Richmond History Tours is a service of the Valentine.  We offer a wide variety of guided tours that explore the rich and diverse history of the city. Guided walking tours, specialty bus tours, custom group tours, school tours and step-on guides are among the services offered by the Valentine.

Public Tours

To search by date, visit our Calendar. The full schedule is posted chronologically below.

As a service of the Valentine, these tours offer hundreds of opportunities to tour Richmond on foot, by bus, by bicycle or with your dog. Led by master guides, these tours are the best way to experience the city’s past, present and future.

Walking Tours: $15 per person, $5 for Valentine Members and children ages 12 and under. Tour guides accept cash or check. Charge in advance online or by phone.

Bus Tours: $25 per person, $20 for Valentine Members. Includes parking and same-day museum admission. Reservations required.

History Hounds tours are dog-friendly. Limit two dogs per party. Reservations required.

Bicycle Tours: $15 per person, $5 for Valentine Members and children ages 12 and under. Participant must provide their own bicycle and protective gear.

Tours are held rain or shine; however, in extreme weather conditions a tour may be cancelled. Call (804) 649-0711, prompt 4, to verify the tour will take place.

Information and Reservations: (804) 649-0711 ext. 301

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Pre-Paid Vouchers

If you have a Groupon, LivingSocial or any other voucher for a walking tour that has expired, we will honor the voucher at face value (amount you paid) for any walking tour.

Restrictions are as follows: Due to our reservation system, we are unable to accept your voucher for any tour that requires a reservation which includes bus tours, Director's Tours, History Hounds and Holiday Glitter.  An expired voucher may be used at face value for a Hollywood Cemetery Tour but will require a $5 donation to the Friends of Hollywood Cemetery (cash or check) per person for the maintenance of the cemetery grounds paid directly to your guide at the time of the tour.

Purchase Online

For your convenience, you may purchase walking and bus tour tickets online with your credit card.  Our tour guides only accept cash or check if paying on-site.

Same-day online ticket sales are not permitted. Same-day walk-ups (cash or check only) are welcome on most walking tours and on some bus tours, space permitting. Cancellations: If you would like to cancel your reservation, call (804) 649-0711 x301 no later than 48 hours before the start of the tour in order to receive a refund. No-shows will not be refunded. If a tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be contacted directly by phone and issued a full refund.  In case of inclement weather, please call (804) 649-0711 option 4 to verify the status of the scheduled tour.

Step On Guides

Our master guides are well-trained, friendly and knowledgeable. Contact Dean Knight, Director of Tours at 804-649-0711, ext. 319 or tours@thevalentine.org, to schedule a step-on guide.

Supporters

The 2015 Richmond History Tours Season is generously supported by:

richmond region tourism

 

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Hollywood Cemetery

 


RICHMOND HISTORY TOURS 2015 PUBLIC SEASON

(listed chronologically)

A full listing will appear the week of February 2!
OCTOBER

Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
History Hounds Explore Forest Hill

Dogs and their owners will enjoy this walking tour presented in partnership with the Richmond SPCA.  Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed.  Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs.  Meet at the stone house in Forest Hill Park.  Reservations required:  (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. 

Oct. 4 from 2-4 p.m.
Ironfronts to High Rise:  The Sky's the Limit
See May 3. 

Oct. 11 from 2-4 p.m.
Hollywood Cemetery
See April 12. 

Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Alleys and Parks of the Fan
See May 2.

Oct. 18 from 2-4 p.m.
Scott's Addition
Named for General Winfield Scott, this early 20th century commercial and industrial area contains what is perhaps Richmond's best selection of Art Deco and Moderne commercial architecture.  Today it is a thriving business, residential and entertainment district.  Meet at the southwest corner of the Boulevard and Norfolk Street.

Oct. 24 from 2-4 p.m.
Hollywood Cemetery:  Symbolism and Monument Styles
See August 15.

Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m.
Ginter Park
This stately north Richmond neighborhood, planned by Lewis Ginter, has been home to many of the city's political and social elite.  Meet at the southwest corner of Brook Road and Westwood Avenue.  

Oct. 29 & 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Halloween History On Hanover
Modern Halloween boasts costumes, decorations and candy; yet, its origins lie in an ancient Celtic holiday and in Catholic All Hallows' celebrations.  Learn how the history evolved from early colonial practices and "play parties" held after the American Revolution, and how the immigrants in the mid-1800s influenced the way Richmonders celebrate in the 21st century.  Meet at Hanover Avenue and Strawberry Street. 

NOVEMBER

Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 from10-11:30 a.m.
Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour
Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.
 
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 2-4 p.m.
Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour
Learn about the cemetery’s unique history, landscape design, architecture, symbols and residents. Meet at the entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Nov. 28 from 1-4 p.m.
I Know Richmond: The Bus Tour 
An overview of Richmond’s history that shows off many of the city's unique sites and neighborhoods, including Church Hill and St. John's Church; Libby Hill and the James River, including the Fall Line; Shockoe Bottom and Main Street Station; the White House of the Confederacy and the Court End neighborhood; Jackson Ward and the Maggie Walker House; Monument Avenue and the Fan; Hollywood Cemetery and the State Capitol.  Includes a tour of the interior of the State Capitol.   Reservations required: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the Valentine.

DECEMBER 


Dec. 23, 26, 27 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tour 
Enjoy the lights and glitter of Monument Avenue while learning about the history of the homes, residents and holiday traditions. Reservations required: (804) 649-0711, ext. 301. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues.