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Downtown and the River

Skyscrapers and cobblestoned streets. Concerts on the water and class IV rapids. A downtown arts district and the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships. Fortune 500 companies and tech start-ups. A Federal Reserve bank and the state capital. Farm-to-table restaurants and packed food festivals. Richmond has a little bit of everything.Read more

The Great Outdoors

The city’s hallmark James River is just the beginning of the River City’s outdoor scene. Hiking trails, whitewater rapids, running and cycling races, and sports teams — there’s something for everyone.Read more
Richmond Region Tourism


Richmond is an arts capital, with nationally recognized art museums and niche galleries; professional, traveling, and local theater; and a ballet repertoire that ranges from the innovative to the classic.Read more

Food Scene

Richmond is a foodie’s heaven. Restaurants range from experimental dining experiences to simple comfort food, while festivals attract crowds throughout the year. Home kitchen experts benefit from a plethora of farmers markets and neighborhood markets.Read more


Venues large and small, independent radio, and a series of music festivals make up Richmond’s harmonious and dynamic music scene.Read more

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

With international media agencies and small start-ups, entrepreneurial support and endless opportunities for collaboration, ideas have room to grow here.Read more


From its founding in 1737, Richmond has seen a long and complex history. Patrick Henry delivered his "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech at St. John's Episcopal Church. Richmond was the site of battles, major slave rebellions, and the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. In the early 1900s, Jackson Ward became a thriving center of African-American culture, and in the 1990s, L. Douglas Wilder became the nation's first black governor since Reconstruction.Read more


The tree-lined streets of the Fan. The boutiques and restaurants of Carytown. The history of Jackson Ward. The river views of the West End. Richmond’s neighborhoods are as diverse as its citizens.Read more

Two Hours Away

Go just two hours in any direction and you can dip your toes in the ocean, put your head in the clouds on a mountaintop, or feast your eyes on the nation’s capital.Read more
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Business and Government

Richmond is at the center of the state’s business and government activity. From the state legislature, courts, and the home of the governor, to a Federal Reserve Bank, Fortune 500 companies, and advertising and media agencies — Richmond has it all.Read more
Named "Where to Travel for Food in 2016" among 10 international cities
National Geographic
"Best River Town in America"
Outside Magazine
Tied for most beautiful liberal arts college in America
One of "America's Top 5 Cities to Keep on Your Radar"
Huffington Post
"Happiest metropolitan area" in the U.S.
Science Daily
Least Stressed Out City in U.S.
CNN Money
One of 8 under-the-radar foodie cities
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Photos from @URDowntown

Raise your hand if you’ve been inspired by Judy Pryor-Ramirez, Dale Margolin, or Tara Casey!
Thank you, Kobe, for the amazing performance tonight!
It’s Pride in Food Service Week, and we want to give a special shout out to Chef Lee and all of the amazing staff at @richmondonbroadcafe who cater all of our events at UR Downtown and have the best service and food around!
Kobie Turner, ‘21, will be performing at UR Downtown during @rvafirstfridays this week!
Remembering all of the #zebrafish we hung on our walls with @connorsheroes in 2017 and the important role this little fish plays in pediatric cancer research at @childrensatvcu.
Our next #DowntownArts excursion features the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine who will be performing at @dominionenergycenter across the street next Friday, February 7!
Students and alumni, register today for dinner and free tickets!
Dinner will be followed by a pre-performance discussion with Artistic Director Volodymyr Sirenko.
Free transportation to and from UR Downtown is also available.
Space reservations keep flooding in for the semester, and we love how nonprofits and campus departments use our rooms in so many different ways!
Looking back at Richmond College students downtown in 1913, one year before the campus moved to Westhampton.
As 2019 comes to a close, we want to thank you for hosting or participating in meetings and events in our spaces, visiting or contributing to our exhibitions, supporting our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, enjoying delicious food at @richmondonbroadcafe, and being advocates for our #URichmond hub at 7th and Broad.
Have you seen this 1907 @thevalentinerva photograph of Grace Street?
Have you heard about our first #Spider home downtown?
Some of the amazing artists who participated in our fall WHO IS DOWNTOWN?