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Charlottesville
Travel Guide

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

English Inn of Charlottesville
English Inn of Charlottesville
3 out of 5
2000 Morton Drive, Charlottesville, VA
The price is £94 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Barracks Road Shopping Center, University of Virginia and John Paul Jones Arena. Downtown ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,327 reviews)
"Excellent condition. Friendly Staff. Had a pool that I didn’t see. No complaints"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2021

English Inn of Charlottesville
Graduate Charlottesville
Graduate Charlottesville
4 out of 5
1309 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA
The price is £109 per night from 13 Jul to 13 Jul
Located in Venable, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rotunda, Charlottesville Pavilion and Scott Stadium. Downtown Mall and Paramount Theater are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Panhandlers in elevator"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Graduate Charlottesville
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
4 out of 5
212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA
The price is £137 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Located in North Downtown, this hotel is steps away from Downtown Mall and Charlottesville Pavilion. Paramount Theater and Virginia Discovery Museum are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Great location in downtown Charlottesville. Clean room comfy bed."

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2021

Omni Charlottesville 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.
Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
3 out of 5
803 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA
The price is £160 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Venable, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Virginia and John Paul Jones Arena. Scott Stadium and Downtown Mall are also within ...
1/5 (1 review)
Incredibly Disappointed
"So bad we left after one day. The apartment is over a garage. The WiFi didn’t work. When I called about the problem I was told to go outside and stand next to the main house to try and connect. Still didn’t work. The room was freezing, the toiletries were half used, and the driveway was shared by ..."

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2019

Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
Stay in Crozet Train Suite in Downtown Crozet
Stay in Crozet Train Suite in Downtown Crozet
5785 The Square, Suite 200, Crozet, VA
The price is £164 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Situated in Crozet, this historic apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Starr Hill Brewery and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from King Family Vineyards. Stinson Vineyards ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
The Train Suite
"My husband and I were in Crozet visiting a relative and this property was a perfect place to stay. The location is close to restaurants, hiking, and a very short drive to Charlottesville. It was very clean and we had no problems with the suite. We will stay here again!"

Reviewed on 24 May 2021

Stay in Crozet Train Suite in Downtown Crozet
Rural Charlottesville Cottage at Valley Point Beautiful Mountain Views
Rural Charlottesville Cottage at Valley Point Beautiful Mountain Views
1661 Beau Pre Lane, Charlottesville, VA
Situated in a rural location, this romantic holiday home is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Oakencroft Vineyard and Winery and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Virginia ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Weekend getaway
"My partner and I (and our furbaby Jax) thoroughly enjoyed staying here over the weekend. It was a perfect for us because we like to stay places that are secluded and full of nature, which it was, but it was also just 10 minutes from the downtown area. So we had plenty of options for eating and shopping ..."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Rural Charlottesville Cottage at Valley Point Beautiful Mountain Views
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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