Historical Tours

Historical Tours

Historical tours are about an hour long 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. Tourists are taken through the Rotunda and the Academical Village to gain insight to Thomas Jefferson’s vision of an institution of higher education and what the University has become since.

Emily Sumlin (CLAS '20) tells visitors about the Academical Village on a tour. (Photo courtesy of Caitlin Krienheder | Cavalier Daily) 


Planning your Tour:
1. Decide when to take a historical tour. Regular historical tours are offered 10:00 am ,11:00 am, and 2:00 pm every day during the academic year (except home football game days) and leave from the Lower East Oval Room of the Rotunda.
NOTE: Historical tours occur regularly throughout the school year and do not require a special request unless the group is large and cannot be accommodated through regularly scheduled tours.
2. Find directions and parking. We recommend Central Grounds Garage (fees will apply) at 400 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22903 for single family cars. For larger groups in buses, see the instructions here.
3. Show up early to explore the beautiful spaces of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda and the interactive elements in the Lower East Oval Room.
4. Enjoy your tour and ask questions! Our Guides undergo a comprehensive training semester to be able to speak eloquently about many parts of our University's history.


The University Guide Service
LL36, Newcomb Hall / 180 McCormick Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Office Phone: (434) 924-3239


"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -Thomas Jefferson

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