Discover the history of Thomas Jefferson's University

Historical Tours tell the story of our University. They run approximately an hour and focus on the University's entire history, from its beginnings under founder Thomas Jefferson, to its transformation to one of the top universities in the country. On this tour, you will get to explore the Academical Village and surrounding areas.

Every tour is different! The tour guides each craft their own tours, incorporating different stories and different themes. There is no set “script” for our tours.

Tours begin in the Small Special Collections Library. The They run every day (except home football game days) at 10am, 11am, and 2pm, and they last about one hour.

No reservation is necessary for the regularly scheduled historical tours, but if you have a large group and would like a tour at a different time, please use our tour request form.

Please note that the Guide Service does not offer tours during UVA’s Winter Break, spring recess, during exam periods, or over the summer.