Charlottesville

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Charlottesville which includes forests, autumn colours and a house
Experience the Virginian wilderness surrounding this enchanting university town. Join a walking tour to see historic colonial architecture.

The charming university town of Charlottesville is steeped in history, culture and prestige. It is surrounded by vineyards and fertile horse country and was home to two U.S. presidents. Since 1819 the town has grown around the University of Virginia. Today Charlottesville has a population of 43,000 residents who are passionate about their local community.

Located in the heart of the Civil War battlefields, the town is home to many important sites from the war. Join a downtown walking tour to discover historic attractions. Walk past colonial-era homes and Jefferson-style architecture. Throughout the tour you’ll be shown key sites from the lives of two presidents who lived here: Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. See Jefferson's house and gardens at the Monticello estate. Monroe's home is at Ash Lawn-Highland.

After the tour, spend time in the pedestrianized Downtown Mall area to sample local cuisine from a range of restaurants, delis and cafés. Barbecue is incredibly popular in Virginia, particularly in the summer when the smell of grilling meat wafts through town. If you are looking for after-dinner entertainment, consider attending a show at the Paramount Theater.

Explore the University of Virginia campus by signing up for a guided tour. Thomas Jefferson founded the prestigious university its alumni include the author Edgar Allan Poe and comedian Tina Fey. The university area is a lively entertainment precinct where students congregate after dark. Make new friends as you drink in a cozy bar.

Charlottesville is well connected by Amtrak trains and an airport is located just 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the town center. Renting a car is a good way to see farther afield but during your stay in the town you can walk or catch a bus to all the major attractions. Take a drive through the horse country that surrounds Charlottesville to discover wineries and independent farms. In fall the region is known for its spectacular palette of colors and excellent photo opportunities.

Where to stay in Charlottesville

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
4 out of 5
990 Hilton Heights Rd, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
The price is £112 per night from 7 Sep to 8 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Charlottesville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,006 reviews)
Almost perfect stay
"This is a really nice hotel. The lobby was very clean and spacious. There is a restaurant adjacent to the lobby as well. Although we didnt utilize the pool the area looked clean. Our room was very nice with the exception of two things. I dropped something behind the dresser and when i went to retrieve ..."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
Graduate Charlottesville
Graduate Charlottesville
4 out of 5
1309 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
The price is £115 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Charlottesville. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Fantastic and smooth stay"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2022

Graduate Charlottesville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottesville, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottesville, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
870 PANTOPS CORNER WAY, Charlottesville, VA, 22911
Fully refundable
The price is £115 per night from 15 Aug to 16 Aug
Stay at this hotel in Charlottesville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Downtown Mall and Monticello are located nearby. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (149 reviews)
"The room was clean and comfortable. The bed was great for me but not for my husbands back . Was being picked up by family in the entrance . Expected that there would be a slopping edge at front door instead a high curb . Fell twisting my ankle and hitting my shoulder. There is a Kerig in the room ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2022

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottesville, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Metta Grotto- An All Embracing Warmth
The Metta Grotto- An All Embracing Warmth
Charlottesville, VA
The price is £146 per night from 23 Aug to 24 Aug
Stay at this apartment in Charlottesville. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Downtown Mall and Monticello are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Cozy and comfortable
"Cozy, relaxing space."

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2022

The Metta Grotto- An All Embracing Warmth
Cope Foster - King room | Downtown Cville!
Cope Foster - King room | Downtown Cville!
Charlottesville, VA
Stay at this holiday home in Charlottesville. Enjoy 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Downtown Mall and Monticello are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Love this place
"Room is gorgeous, and roomy, the whole house is beautiful. Excellent location, walking distance to all and the host was so helpful in guiding us to all the best locations. We were there for a wedding, staying here made the weekend more perfect."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2022

Cope Foster - King room | Downtown Cville!
Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
3 out of 5
803 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
Stay at this 3-star holiday home in Charlottesville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour fitness centre. Popular attractions Downtown Mall and Monticello ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Nice little studio. Off street parking"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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