How to spend a day in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood

An intersection in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, a cloudy day

Church Hill was founded in 1737. | Photo by @verdantrichmond

Each neighborhood of Richmond has its own notable landmarks, restaurants + charm. This is the start of a new series on how to spend a whole day in each section of the city. We start with the oldest — and technically first — neighborhood of Richmond, 284-year-old Church Hill.

You start an adventure in a single stepor a single parking space.

Public parking lots near/in Church Hill

  • 212 N. 18th St.
  • 1813 E. Main St.
  • 1538 Dock St.

💡 Pro Tip: download either the City of Richmond’s parking app or ParkMobile to find open spots + track your meter time.

Grab brunch at The Liberty Public House

  • 418A N. 25th St.
  • Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Try This: Liberty Benedict, includes VA country ham with poached eggs + house hollandaise.

💡 Pro Tip: Take a quick walk to Patrick Henry Park if there’s a wait.

Speaking of historical figures, try out these can’t miss attractions:

Historic St. Johns Church | 2401 E. Broad St. | Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Sun. 12-4 p.m. | Costumed tour guides lead you through the centuries-old building where Patrick Henry gave the “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.

Chimborazo Park | 315 E. Broad St. | Sat./Sun. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Once the site of Chimborazo Hospital, one of the world’s largest military hospitals, the park is a National Historic Landmark with some of the best views in the city.

Church Hill C&O Tunnel | 401 N. 18 St. | The only visual reminder of a horrible railway tunnel collapse 96 years ago, October 2, 1925. At least 2 men and 10 cars are buried, locked away behind this East entrance.

To wrap up your day, get a Triple D (drinks, dinner + dessert) at Metzger Bar & Butchery

  • 801 N. 23rd St. | Sat. 5-9 p.m.
  • Try This: Schadenfreude, with tequila and mezcal, Carolina trout with bacon + Quark pound cake with brown butter ice cream

There’s still much more to explore. Check out our poll below to tell us which neighborhood we should highlight next.


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