Please use this form to request a special tour.
IMPORTANT! If you are below 15 individuals and interested in an admissions tour or a regular historical tour, please join one of our regularly scheduled tours. A request is not necessary.
Note: Because the Guide Service is student-run, we do not provide tours over exam periods, reading days, Winter Recess, or Summer Recess.
Classes end Tuesday, December 8 and resume Wednesday, January 20.
Admissions Tours are about an hour and fifteen minutes long and focus on student life and academics at the University of Virginia. They are given regularly throughout the year and do not need to be requested unless the group is large.
Historical Tours last about an hour and cover the history of the University of Virginia from its founding to the present day, but each tour is slightly different; feel free to ask your guide to cover specific information. These tours are given regularly throughout the year and do not need to be requested unless the group is large.
History of African American Tours are an hour long and highlight topics from slavery to integration to modern day. These tours are given at the end of each month as well as on request.
History of Women Tours run approximately an hour and focus on the process of integration of women at the University of Virginia. Tourists learn about the lives of the first women on grounds and the gradual acceptance of women into the University community.
Garden Tours run approximately an hour and give tourists an inside look into the Pavilion gardens at the University. The tours focus on the role of the gardens during the early University and their transformation to the modern day spaces students enjoy currently.
Art on the Lawn Tours run approximately an hour and highlight many of the iconic and loved works of art on the lawn. Tourists will learn about the role of art on the lawn and the relationship of individual pieces to the student body. Tourists will also learn about individual artists important to the University’s history including Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Allen Poe, and William Faulkner.
Children’s Tours run approximately an hour and introduce various stories about the University. Children will learn about the founder of the University, Thomas Jefferson, early life at the University, and other interesting stories including the burning of the Rotunda in 1865. Geared toward young children from preschool to fifth grade.
Athletic Tours run approximately fifty minutes and focus on the history and traditions of Athletics at the University of Virginia. The tour takes place in the John Paul Jones Arena where discussion of the uncompromised excellence of Athletics at the university both historically and in its current form is best facilitated.
Ghost Tours run approximately an hour and guide tourists through a variety of haunted stories at the University, including the Civil War. These tours are frequently given around Halloween and available upon request.
The Miller Center of Public Affairs Tours run approximately fifty minutes and include the history of the building and the program, with a focus on the various projects currently taking place at the center.
Please note that your request has not been processed until you receive an email from our Scheduler. If you have not received a confirmation email within 48 hours, please contact the Scheduler.
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